Bombed Out and artist news
Posted: 12th August 2013
Sheffield's finest will be taking a break from things for a while
Wooderson have recently announced that their appearance at BO15 in October will be their last gig... For now at least. Here's what the band themselves have said (including some very nice words about this humble label):
"Good evening world. Our next gig is the Bombed Out Records 15 year anniversary all-dayer at The Brudenell Social Club. This will also be the last Wooderson gig for the foreseeable future, so it's fitting that it's in our favourite city to play, at our favourite venue, celebrating the anniversary of one of the labels that were kind enough to invest their time, energy and money into releasing our album, and believe in our music as much as us.
It's not the end, but it's the last you'll hear of us in a good while. With that in mind, we just wanna say thanks to everyone that has supported this band so far for the last 5+ years and helped us have an absolutely incredible time. Come down on the 5th October to help us celebrate, and support one of the finest UK DIY labels.
Hopefully we'll see them back next year but in the meantime check out Sam's new band Nightflowers (also featuring members of The City Ghosts) and Ben and Loic's band, Che Ga Zebra. Both are mint!
Wooderson reviews round-up
Posted: 10th September 2012
The love for Wooderson's debut album is universal, and it's available on LP and CD now.
Over the past couple of months there have been some fantastic reviews cropping up for Let The Man Speak so we thought it's about time we share them with you...
"What Let The Man Speak isn't is an album of unwieldy aggression bundled together in the name of keeping the DIY punk spirit alive. It's far more sophisticated than that, with its cleverly overlapping vocals and riffs far sharper and smarter than your bog-standard three-chord punk, under-pinned by a relentless, uncompromising energy." - Drowned In Sound
"The key to the success of this record is that it flows seamlessly from start to finish and creates something atmospheric for the listener: this isn't a big, shouty record but more of a considered and measured piece of work that delivers on many levels. For a debut release, there is no shortage in confidence and ability displayed within this record, and both Wooderson and Bombed Out Records should be extremely pleased with the outcome." - Punknews.org
"This debut is the culmination of a thousand night's listening and research - heads banging against bedroom walls to the sound of midwest America - and a DIY ethos that just won't quit. The guitar penmanship, coupled with the savagely attentive drumming give this record a strong sense of tethered energy... Wooderson sound like an outfit that have weaned themselves on 'real' punk their whole lives, but their instrumental abilities have pushed them farther than the limits of three-chord musical hopscotch, into almost math-y, complex territories. Reviving twenty-year-aged recordings of emotion and plying those template with the advances of today have helped coagulate something sharper, more refined than many of their influences would have been able to develop themselves." - The Quietus
"They peddle a blend of slacker-paced post-hardcore that's reminding me of a lot of bands from around the turn of the century...This Ain't Vegas, Fugazi, ...Trail Of Dead, At The Drive-In, Reiziger, The Van Pelt - there's elements of all these bands evident here, as well as a liberal dose of the brittle, frayed emotional UK DIY sound of bands like What Price Wonderland, Facel Vega and the like. While the energy of their live shows is ever-present, it's when they bring things down a notch on the Sonic Youth-meets-Fugazi nonchalance of ‘Mint Condition' that they shine the brightest, with queasily lilting bass grooves, playful drumming which makes good use of an absolutely cavernous booming floor tom, and ominously patient Rodan-esque guitar grooving building to a spare chorus with call-and-response unison vocals. I'm delighted to report that Wooderson have come up with the goods and produced an album which captures the energy and melody of their live shows. Let's hope we don't have to wait so long for the next one." - Norman Records
"Picked this album up at Out Of Spite XXII weekend, after watching these chaps play live and also watched a couple of the band see this album for the first time themselves, like kids at Chrimbo they were!, which was nice. They were aces live and this here record does not disappoint in any way, absolutely magnificent post-punk type stuff in a Fugazi styley. This type of music always seems to come across better live for me but this album totally holds it's own, really powerful and intense with great songs and amazing musicianship. All three outfield members have a go at singing which shakes thing up nicely. The guitarists work so well together, intertwining(technical term) and playing off each other and the songs go from quiet to powerful and empty to dense in a split second, the bass and drums are unbelievably tight, these songs have been worked on! Spot on production and excellent artwork and on awesome lime green vinyl, oof!!! " - Suspect Device
"Wooderson might not be a dissonant as, dunno, June of 44 or The Shipping News, but they do have the energy required (and more important, the sounds) to mess with the usual grooves we are trained to listen to by the dross emanating from Radio 1. Dissonant, but not overtly so. Hard hitting, but never overwhelming. Wooderson's Let the man speak is quite a solid release for a genre that sometimes doesn't get any recognition. Keep that music interesting, pals." - Sloucher Zine
"Refreshingly, Wooderson are transparent in their reverence for their forebears - our first point of contact was my tweeting ‘Wooderson: sound like Fugazi and named after one of the greatest movie characters of all time. Winner.' To which the reply came ‘You got our number'. There are no claims to be reinventing guitar music here, meaning that Let The Man Speak's 33 minutes play out as they should do, nine lean and purposeful shards broken away from something older and bigger, but not always better. Let's have a forward thinking year. Let's let the man speak." - Crack In The Road
"It's a brilliant specimen of how to do the ‘Repeater' era Post Hardcore sound perfectly. A lot of bands that seem to be so infantilised with that ‘sound' really don't know how to do it properly. Wooderson are different. Songs such as ‘Deluxe' and ‘Mint Condition' are stand out tracks. They've come to grow on me and I've really started to build a love for them. Throughout the whole record I keep finding little bits, whether it be a particular guitar line or a lyric, that draw me to it even more. All I'm trying to say, really, is that's it's a great debut from a great band.
Check this album out, and then after you have, check out their earlier work. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. It's going to stay in the CD player of my car for some weeks to come; it makes the drive to work a lot more tolerable." - Louder Than War
Let The Man Speak pre-order
Posted: 25th June 2012
You can now stream and pre-order (with instant download!) the Wooderson album on limited edition coloured vinyl!
If you want to get your hands on one of only 100 coloured vinyl copies of the brand new Wooderson LP, Let The Man Speak, then you can pre-order the album now over at the Wooderson Bandcamp page. You'll also get an instant download meaning you'll be the first to own this fantastic release.
The regular old black LPs will be in our web store on the date of release and should also be cropping up in your nearest independent record shop and online digitally then. News on the CD will be coming shortly as we're hoping to also have the ready for the mentioned release date - though they might have to follow by about a week or so.
So what are you waiting for... GO HERE TO PRE-ORDER NOW!
Wooderson can be seen playing the Obscene Baby Auction all-dayer at the 1in12, Bradford with Hookworms and more on the 28th July and they also play the Friday of this years Out of Spite Festival at The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on August 10th.
First look at the Wooderson - Let The Man Speak artwork
Posted: 16th May 2012
Not only are we excited about how the debut Wooderson album SOUNDS, we're also now a little bit smitten with how the record will LOOK, thanks to the design work of Darren Topliss.
With luck the album will be off to press this week. We're releasing a CD version and co-releasing the LP version with Art for Blind Records and another label (said label should be confirmed any day now). There will also be a digital version for those of you who have ditched physical formats (boo!).
Will add a page for the release shortly where we'll also put another song up for streaming... Watch this space.
Wooderson album and free download
Posted: 4th April 2012
We're very proud to announce we'll be releasing the debut album from Sheffield-based post-punks Wooderson this summer.
The band have been around for a few years now and have released a demo, an EP and a brilliant split 7" with Ox Scapula in that time. Now they've put together a 9 track album, titled Let The Man Speak, and it's utterly floored us (and, incidentally, Art For Blind Records who will once again be our collaborators on this).
So what do they sound like? It seems almost passé to mention Fugazi when referring to Wooderson these days but for once the reference is fully justified. Throw in a little Mission of Burma and Faraquet and you should definitely have a flavour of what this band are about. It's worth pointing out though that, as with all the best bands, Wooderson have taken those influences and still come up with a sound which is completely their own.
As a taster for the album you can download a "pay what you like" digital single right now. Head on over to the Wooderson bandcamp page and grab the track "Mint Condition" along with the rather sublime b-side, "Blowhard". We think you'll rather enjoy them.
A full band page and more info will be up on this here website soon.
Photo above by Bart Pettman.