Shred yr Face III is promising to be one of the best tours of the year, with a solid line-up and a load of gigs happening all over the place, it’s probably best you get yourself down to one of the performances, less you miss one of the concerts of the year. why the hyperbole? Because, thanks to the wonders of the internet, today’s post is brought to you by the wonderful WOODS (or Woods Family band, or Woods Family Creeps, depending on who you speak to/which album you listen to). Ahead of their sojourn in the UK, they’ve answered some questions, and here they are. Espers and Cave Singers are doing the same at the minute, so think of this as a little preview – but the finished article will probably be ending up on another website somewhere. Anyway, here’s what they had to say for themselves:
Are you guys excited to be playing the UK? It’s not very often we see most of you on these shores, so we’re sure excited to have you. What are you most looking forward to?
We’re usually looking forward to normal stuff, jamming out, getting free, eating ridiculous things. But Its been a while since any of us have been to the UK like you said, its exciting to do anything country specific, drink a good pint in a old man pub, freak out constantly about the other-side-of-the-road thing, eat your crazy breakfasts. Also really looking forward to playing in Dublin and Belfast, we’ve been there even less!
Muchly pleased to forge out on the same road as our pals No Age and TNV. We’d heard good things through the American scumbag music grapevine. Touring is in our blood and it honestly would be hilarious if we weren’t pleased to be invited. I don’t get it when people don’t like to travel. I had a dream the other day where whisky soaked deer skin was stuck to my face in a windstorm, and that reminded me how awesome tour usually is. So yes, we’re big fans of increasing importance.
Given the quality of past tours (Los Campesinos!/No Age/Times New Viking and The Bronx/Rolo Tomassi/Fucked Up), surely you feel like you’ve got a lot to live up to?
Sure, but its more like you have to simply live up to the road itself. We’re not ever trying to have the same tour as another band, nor could we. Lets just say that if we’re involved at all there WILL be a reckoning with the secret tour vortex of lost time, broken thoughts and extreme secrets that confronts/has confronted anyone with the audacity to get in the van.
This tour has a nice split between old friends and friendly new faces. Looking forward to getting to know Cave Singers, who we said hello to for a bit when we went through Seattle with Dungen this summer. And Espers are old friends who we’ve run into in different configurations over the jamming-out-there years, Philly being close to Brooklyn. What are we least looking forward to? Decanting our own personal vintage of Human Van Stench, which after a few weeks, is unavoidable. Shits gonna get messy.
I know this question asks for us to name bands we like, but that’s not usually what in the mind while making music. Our influences include, the sun hitting closed eyes in the grass, the smell of fire cooked meat, the tone of a distant tower bell, a log covered in beetles, and the giant inward-sucking eye in the sky you see after not sleeping for days. And Can. We really like Can.
Woods are playing with Espers and Cave Singers on the Shred yr Face 3 tour at the following dates/venues:
- 9/11/09 : The Farmhouse – Canterbury (UK) buy tickets
- 10/11/09 : Hare & Hounds – Birmingham (UK) buy tickets
- 11/11/09 : Crawdaddy – Dublin (EIR) buy tickets
- 12/11/09 : Speakeasy (Radar Club) – Belfast (UK) buy tickets
- 13/11/09 : Stereo – Glasgow (UK) buy tickets
- 14/11/09 : Electric Circus – Edinburgh (UK) buy tickets
- 15/11/09 : The Cluny – Newcastle (UK) buy tickets
- 16/11/09 : The Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK) buy tickets
- 17/11/09 : Academy 3 – Manchester (UK) buy tickets
- 18/11/09 : Freebutt – Brighton (UK) buy tickets
- 19/11/09 : Fleece – Bristol (UK) buy tickets
- 20/11/09 : ULU – London (UK) buy tickets
Oh, and if you’re unsure about whether or not you should turn up then Woods recently did a Daytrotter session, which you should get your hands on over at the Daytrotter website.