In and Out and Back Again by Woven Bones on Apple Music

9 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

This noisy threesome from Austin (by way of Florida) brews up a head-expanding brew of feral, psych-spiked garage rock that drones even as it throws out subtle hooks. Less nuanced than Austin scenemates Black Angels, Woven Bones’ songs don’t wash and roil and snake. They thrum and pound and pummel, echoing as if recorded in an aluminum-sided room. Andrew Burr’s raspy, bratty snarl is as charming as your 15-year-old neighbor’s newborn band that you’ve come to sort of love (even on Saturday mornings), with his mad-dog delivery feeling more stealthy and commanding after a minute or two. When you hear the seductive bass line and rattlesnake percussion on “Creepy Bone” and shimmy hard enough to dig a hole in the dance floor to “7 Year Mirror,” you’ll think The Cramps have been resurrected. Burr’s love of The Velvet Underground is buried under a few layers of reverb on “If It Feels Alright” and on the corrosive guitars of “Couldn’t Help but Stare.” It’s glowering, propulsive fun, not a bad trip as much as a detour, taken with care.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This noisy threesome from Austin (by way of Florida) brews up a head-expanding brew of feral, psych-spiked garage rock that drones even as it throws out subtle hooks. Less nuanced than Austin scenemates Black Angels, Woven Bones’ songs don’t wash and roil and snake. They thrum and pound and pummel, echoing as if recorded in an aluminum-sided room. Andrew Burr’s raspy, bratty snarl is as charming as your 15-year-old neighbor’s newborn band that you’ve come to sort of love (even on Saturday mornings), with his mad-dog delivery feeling more stealthy and commanding after a minute or two. When you hear the seductive bass line and rattlesnake percussion on “Creepy Bone” and shimmy hard enough to dig a hole in the dance floor to “7 Year Mirror,” you’ll think The Cramps have been resurrected. Burr’s love of The Velvet Underground is buried under a few layers of reverb on “If It Feels Alright” and on the corrosive guitars of “Couldn’t Help but Stare.” It’s glowering, propulsive fun, not a bad trip as much as a detour, taken with care.

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About Woven Bones

Woven Bones -- a group whose grimy, blissed-out noise pop gives a nod to Beach Fossils and the Fresh & Onlys -- got their start in 2008 as frontman Andrew Burr's solo project. Burr, who was living in Orlando, FL at the time, dubbed the project Woven Bones in a reference to the act of crossing fingers for good luck. "I was coming out of a pretty rough period in my life, and [Woven Bones] was the thing that gave me some solid direction," he said in an interview with Spinner in 2010. Upon relocating to Austin, TX, Burr rounded out Woven Bones' line-up with bassist Matty and drummer James -- the latter amicably parted ways with the trio soon after he joined, and drummer Carolyn was brought in to complete Woven Bones' lineup in 2010. The band's first singles, released in the first two years of their existence, came out via Sweet Rot Records, Needless Records, Hardly Art, and HoZac Records; an EP, The Minus Touch, was released via Zoo Music. Their debut long-player, In and Out and Back Again, was released on HoZac in the spring of 2010. ~ Margaret Reges

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