Saturday, June 6, 2009

All Woodhands On Deck!

Since dropping their debut LP Heart Attack in April 2008, Woodhands have been touring pretty much constantly, with stops across North America, Japan, China, and upcoming dates in Europe. Recently, the keytar-n-drums unit of Daniel Werb and Paul Banwatt have also been cranking out remixes and cover tracks that have been attracting high-level praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and NME. After the success of their cover for Eddy Grant's one-hit wonder "Electric Avenue" (blessed by Eddy himself!), Woodhands recently decided to tackle Katy Perry's hit single "I Kissed a Girl."

You can download "Electric Avenue," below and revel in it's upside down take on the classic. It's a slowed down, almost a non-electronic cover with percussion leading the way and bubbling synths following the way. It's good stuff.

While Heart Attack appeared on a slew of "Best of 2008" year-end lists including "Best Electro Album" from iTunes Canada, their live show has to be seen to be believed: no pre-programmed samples, no laptops, no safety net: just two hyper kinetic, high-energy performers bringing the party as hard as possible, a little different each time.

They will be continuing their US tour, hitting the West Coast for a set of dates in support of their recent Paper Bag Records Dancer EP. Recently deemed one of the "10 Best New Bands On Earth" by Q Magazine, the band has signed on to be a part of the Monolith Festival at Red Rocks in September, alongside Girl Talk, Health, Method Man & Red Man, The Walkmen, Thunderheist, M. Ward, and MSTRKRFT among others.

The latest live dates...
Tues. 6/9 Los Angeles, CA at Cinespace (Aoki Party)
Wed. 6/10 Los Angeles, CA at Knitting Factory (Alterknit Lounge) at 7:30pm (industry showcase, free with biz card)
Thurs. 6/11 Sebastopol, CA at Hop Monk Tavern
Fri. 6/12 San Fran, CA at The Independent w/ Datarock
Sat. 9/12 Morrison, CO at Red Rocks/Monolith Festival

Download: Electric Avenue
Download: Dance (CFCF Remix)

Watch: I Wasn't Made For Fighting

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