Woodhands is Dan Werb and Paul Banwatt, a synth and drums duo that’s intent on injecting electro pop with a dose of emotional intensity and a generous portion of glam rock swagger. With a live show that’s got to be seen to be believed, Woodhands creates big dance tracks that are built out of blood, sweat and tears without the assistance of any pre-recorded samples, laptops or other safety nets. Instead, they rely on some seriously monster drumming, finger-licking keytar work and some pretty punk rock vocals to get the party started.
Since the release of their debut album, Heart Attack, Woodhands has received all kinds of accolades for both their recorded work and their relentless live show, appearing on ‘Best of’ lists including recently being anointed one of the 10 Best New Bands On Earth by British tastemaker Q Magazine following their coverage of SXSW 2009. In short, kids are going crazy for this Woodhands dance party thing.
After spending a year and a half touring Canada, the United States, China, and Japan in support of Heart Attack, and delivering a slew of remixes and cover songs that have kept the party going strong, Woodhands is back with a new batch of energetic, and darker, dance songs.
Their sophomore release Remorsecapade dives deeper into the emotional territory of Heart Attack, painting strangely compelling portraits of lost souls inhabiting the late night abyss of dance clubs (‘I Should Have Gone With My Friends’), sweaty handholding (‘Pockets’), and – of course – heartbreak, here described as ‘doubling’.
The songs of Remorsecapade run from the deceptive bubble gum pop arrangement of ‘Dissembler’ to the explosive punk rock/electro hybrid of ‘Coolchazine’, and throughout, Woodhands offers listeners a rich journey through the scorched landscape of what their sweaty brand of electro has now become: risky, emotionally resonant, and highly addictive. Enjoy.