“…contagious.” – Uncut Magazine
Alt-folk sextet – Woodenbox release the single Courage from their second album End Game today. End Game is out on 27th May 2013 via Olive Grove but you can download the single now via iTunes, Amazon or the Woodenbox Bandcamp page. Working alongside acclaimed producer Paul Savage (Chem19 Studios), Woodenbox are building upon the success of their debut Home and the Wildhunt with their wild, vivid and moving unique brand of folk.
5 May – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesborough
18 May – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
23 May – Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow (Album Launch)
9 June – Eden Festival, Dumfries & Galloway
26 July – Wickerman Festival
End Game demonstrates a perfect juxtaposition that runs rife within Woodenbox, making it both bold and beguiling. “The album was created as a unit falling apart but looking to stay together,” says lead vocalist Ali. “We believe so much in the music we are making and it is the first album we have written collaboratively.” Forthcoming single Courage is graceful and welcomes influences from heroes such as Scott Walker and Dennis Wilson, whilst “Roll For Me” displays the band’s melodic quirks and intricacies sharing modern, akin to the The Felice Brothers.
Nick Dudman (vocals, drums) and Ali Downer (vocals, guitar, piano) met in 2004, the pair played relentlessly around Glasgow under various guises before settling under the guise of Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers. Ali then met Jordan Croan (vocals, guitar) and Fraser McKirdy (bass) at STOW College, which saw the group bonding through their love of music. Rather than go to classes the band recorded their debut album Home and the Wild Hunt, which is probably a good thing since Uncut and The Skinny praised the album’s refreshing alt folk sound. Citing Scott Walker‘s Scott Sings Jacq as a major influence on the band, Ali explained “we want to create music that has a story behind it and is not only timeless, but is bold in its creativity and instrumentation.” Philip Cardwell, Chuck Dearness and Sam Evans joined the group later adding the horn section giving their sound real depth.
Having played to inspiring crowds at Belladrum, Rockness, Wickerman and T in the Park, Woodenbox have established themselves as incredible live performers. The band have toured the US extensively, including a highly successful appearance at SxSW in 2012.