The latest 7″ to land on my turntable is the latest from Woods. It’s not on Woodist who I happen to think the band are intrinsically linked to. This time the record comes via a new London imprint to me – Half Machine Records. Woods as a band have been a curiosity of mine, since finding the band linked to Woodist who I have become familiar with via Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, Wavves and The Oh Sees. You’d have to agree that’s a fairly good pedigree and one worth following up on.
So, is there much to Woods? ‘To Clean’ is a lazy slab of slacker indie rock with ample guitar burst. All in all it sounds vaguely interesting without fully engaging me after a few listens. Maybe it’s a grower. The B side ‘Rain On’ is what appears to be a live radio recording, acoustic. On this track Woods come across like a low rent Neil Young. Not bad, but hardly essential.