Written by Fense
Woodhands are a Canadian duo that selectively mixes female vocals (think Au Revoir Simone), at least on select tunes like “Dancer”, with male ones so versatile they defy any one (or two, for that mater) classification. Their instrumentation boasts one on percussion and one on keytar. Heart Attack, their debut release on Paper Bag Records was released late last month.
The band is very much like the duo at the end of Flight Of The Conchords [Season 1], with the exception that Woodhands actually writes good hype songs. The duo is male (despite the statement above), and the majority of songs focus on male vocals. Perhaps a better statement would be they mix nerd and hype for a sound that’s… well… dorky but cool.
To give you a better idea of their crowd, they’ve played with Crystal Castles and remixed Sally Shapiro. Songs like “I Can’t See Straight”, single “I Wasn’t Made For Fighting”, and “Under Attack” are among their more accessible tunes—and thus, the higher points—on Heart Attack. Even slower tunes contain unique powers; the sensual “Straighten The Curtain” is a prime example.
Listening to the album again, it’s no surprise they’ve played with Crystal Castles; they’d be the perfect opener. You can hear for yourself: “I Wasn’t Made For Fighting” is available for stream and download below.
Woodhands: I Wasn’t Made For Fighting [mp3]
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