Austin’s Woven Bones display potential for sure on their debut album In and Out and Back Again , but they still have a few kinks to work out. Mainly the repeative nature of their songs. Despite this hiccup their album shows a wealth of promise thanks to some really great and catchy songs.
On the opening cords of “I’ve Gotta Get”, I found myself immediately bobbing my head and doing a bad rendition of “The Twist”. Which was bit embarrassing since I was in a coffee shop, but I simply couldn’t help it. The guitar hook’s irresistibly aggressive 60′s surf rock edge mixed perfectly with the arrogant snarl of singer Andrew Burr. Simply put, it made me want to attend a beach luau (but in a leather jacket). As much as I love bands like The Beach Fossils, it was refreshing to hear a more punk and hard rock edge added to the current surf rock/lo-fi trend.
A few songs in though, I was starting to wonder if my computer was on a loop because I was having some difficulty distinguishing one song from the next. Burr’s distinctive voice seems to work both as a benefit and a hinderance to the band. It’s smug roughness allow Woven Bones to stand out and brings some uniqueness to their sound, but it also overpowers the music. I found that unless the song had a really strong beat or guitar strain, like on “If You’re Gold, I’m Gone”, all I ended up focusing on was Burr’s vocals. Pretty soon his voice went from intriguing to slightly grating and I started to wonder why Burr was so damn smug.
Fortunately, I discovered that if I took a break every now and then between songs, coming back to Woven Bones proved enjoyable. They brought to mind what I’d imagine The Black Keys’ kid brothers to be like, especially on the song “Your Sorcery“. The song’s infectious drum beat and lyrics like” your wandering eyes they do me whole, some sort of sorcery, some sort of hold” presented an awesome vintage like sex appeal that made me immediately want to run out to the nearest dive bar. Clearly they are a must for any party or road-trip mix.
There’s no doubt that Woven Bones have something to offer. If you enjoy getting a bit down and dirty every once in awhile (and really, who doesn’t?) I highly recommend checking them out. Especially the songs “I’ve Gotta Get”, “If You’re Gold, I’m Gone”, and “Your Sorcery”.
Woven Bones are currently on tour:
10.24.10 – Cambridge MA at TT the Bear’s Place (w/ Frankie Rose and the Outs)
10.26.10 – Rochester NY at Bug Jar (w/ Frankie Rose and the Outs)
10.27.10 – Cleveland OH at the Spot (w/ Frankie Rose and the Outs)
10.28.10 – Chicago IL at Empty Bottle (w/ Frankie Rose and the Outs)
10.29.10 – Madison WI at the Frequency
10.30.10 – Minneapolis MN at 7th St. Entry
10.31.10 – Fargo ND at the Aquarium
11.02.10 – Iowa City IA at the Mill
11.03.10 – Lawrence KS at Jackpot Saloon
11.06.10 – Austin TX at Fun Fun Fun Fes
By: Stephanie Glass