dissabte, 2 de gener de 2016
WOOLEN MEN. Options Ep, Rain Shapes Ep
Portland’s Woolen Men have already stung 2015 with a great LP released on Woodsist, but it seems they had more to give. Self-released as a cassette, gathers up six more cuts that lean on the band’s love of smashing 90’s grunge into propulsive post-punk. The tape is brief but from the outset the collection hits hard with the band finding a way to roll their sound in some gravel via opener, “Curtain,” then wiping down the speakers for a run through taut guitar territory. They cool for a bit on “Scarlet” before closing out the EP with a trio of muscular indie romps. The band is at home in the live setting, running through the Northwest’s DIY show scene in a regular rotation but with releases like this and the previous they’re proving that their recorded output is just as enticing as the live experience.
Rain Shapes, the new seven-inch from Portland trio Woolen Men, is a charming affair. Trim, energetic and raw, it plugs along with a relentless bounce in its step. The four-track EP is a mix of lo-fi trappings and garage-y swagger, but it never feels like the group is trying to do too much. They’ve found a nice pocket of thrashy acoustic guitar, alt-rock beats, and really solid bass work, and they stick to it. Why? It works.