Bend Beyond
Label: Woodsist
Formats: CD/ LP/ DL
"On the fringes or not, they're amassing an immersive, challenging catalogue defined by its excellence" The Fly

"With textures from psychedelic/folk rock and Big Star power pop, the classicism and growing accomplishment in their writing is insulated from smugness by an endearing scruffy charm" The Guardian
"Bend Beyond [is] a big, beautiful collection of psychedelic pop, vintage songwriting and frenzied raga wig-outs…" Uncut
"blissful" NME

"Jeremy Earl has always got a melody up his sleeve more harmonious and hopeful than the last" Loud & Quiet

"[a] contender for the pop album of the year" Record Collector




Songs Of (Woodsist 2009)

At Echo Lake (Woodsist 2010)
Sun & Shade (Woodsist 2011)
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WOODS Share New video and UK Dates
WOODS have confirmed European dates for May including a stopover at London's Lexington on 19th May.
The band will then return to the UK in August for this year's Green Man Festival.
Their most recent album, Bend Beyond is out now via Woodsist records. 
09-May B Brussels Les Nuits de Botanique
10-May NL Groningen Vera
11-May DK Aarhus Pop Revo
12-May S Gothenburg Pustervik
13-May S Stockholm Debaser
14-May S Malmö Debaser
15-May DK Copenhagen Stengade
16-May GER Berlin Comet Club
*19-May UK London The Lexington
20-May NL Amsterdam Indiestad @ Paradiso
21-May FR Paris Le Point Ephemere
22-May FR Toulouse Le Saint des Seins
23-May ES Barcelona Primavera Sound
*15-Aug UK Brecon Green Man Festival

"For their seventh album, Bend Beyond, Woods got dark. It’s not that they weren’t dark before—when you really get in there and listen, Jeremy Earl is singing about some heavy stuff, but it’s hidden under his gorgeous falsetto and sometimes obtuse lyrics. On Bend Beyond, though, Earl and company fully embrace that darkness.
Album opener “Bend Beyond,” has long been a jammy live staple, but here it’s compact and tight with a stuttered guitar line and a world-ending collision of instruments. Meanwhile “Is It Honest” jangles along happily until you notice Earl is in a more destructive zone than the bright music initially suggests, singing It’s so f***ing hard to see as both a form of comfort and an act of despair.
Instrumentally, Bend Beyond is certainly the most full Woods record yet, guitars weave and bubble across peppy drumming, but lyrically Earl is at his most direct and spare. While previous albums sounded like they went directly from Earl’s brain to tape with minimal outside interference, Bend Beyond is lush and full-bodied, the work of a band in perfect, heavy harmony.
Listening to the record as a whole, it feels like the most daring leap Woods has made yet: It captures the band’s live intensity, but keeps the intimate sadness that made them so great in the first place."- Sam Hockley-Smith
“The foundations of Brooklyn’s Woods lie in the small rear-house apartment bedroom of Jeremy Earl, who took to recording his eerily somber acoustic songs in 2005 as little more than a humble personal outlet. After two early albums and several singles which saw Earl still honing his sound, Woods released Songs of Shame in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim and offered the band a chance to develop their live sound on the back of a massive touring schedule. During this period, the live line-up solidified with the inclusion of multi-instrumentalist Jarvis Taveniere, bassist Kevin Morby and cassette-collage maestro G. Lucas Crane. While the band’s early recordings had mixed haunting folk and distorted sound-scape journeys, their new live show offered Kraut-rock inspired fugues and Crazy Horse-style romps, infusing Earl’s dirges with an off-kilter energy and a sense of looming chaos.

With their live sound now in place, the band released the equally lauded follow-up albums At Echo Lake (2010) and Sun and Shade (2011), which continued to explore their signature mix of sun soaked pop and psychedelic meditations. All were released on Earl’s Woodsist label which, in addition to being the band’s home, has achieved an influential status in its own right, releasing records from Real Estate, White Fence and Kurt Vile, to name a few.

While creating their newest record, Bend Beyond, the band abandoned their usual recording process, which favoured immediacy above all – some songs were recorded just mere minutes after their creation – and instead sought to capture elements of their dynamic live sound. To this end, Taveniere joined Earl in his upstate home in the autumnl of 2011 and the pair produced the twelve song album, which features the epic title song, a recent centerpiece to the band’s live set.

While the core sound of Woods will always be Earl’s strikingly pure falsetto voice spilling dark secrets and twisted images, the group has never been content to coast on established formulas or sonic habits. With the recent addition of Aaron Neveu on drums to the live band, freeing up Taveniere to focus solely on guitar, the ever-evolving group has extensive touring plans for the Fall of 2012 to coincide with the release of Bend Beyond.” – Justin Sullivan
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