The Wood Floors
Feel The Revolution Review from tThe Noise-Boston January 2017
THE WOOD FLOORS
Feel the Revolution
Familiar tropes abound: Anthems (“Feel the Revolution”); stop-start dynamics (“Love Is Strange”); high lonesome yowl ala The Smashing Pumpkins (“Write Me”); and brash, ecstatic power pop (“Foolish Eyes”). But don’t be fooled. This 2-CD set is rife with quality tunes. Notable songs include the taut, rigorous “Undressed,” the sad, translucent “Raining in Baltimore Again,” the rigorously catchy “Inferior Complex,” and the melancholy, lassitudinous “Fade Away.” Of further note is the angular, ominous, vaguely schizoid “100 Tainted Cells,” the sprawling, rippling jangle pop of “For So Long,” and the ineffably lonesome “Two Lost Dogs,” the singing on which is perfectly complemented by clear, clarion guitar. Disc Two opens with a ranting hardcore declamation “Excite!” Outstanding numbers on this disc include the epic and vaguely creepy “Forgive and Regret,” the wistful song of love and obsessive longing “Kimberly Says,” and the eerie, mind-manifesting, Neil Young-like aching moodiness of “Blind Man,” a nascent classic. Other notable songs are the raggedy, ebullient punk of “Bull By the Horns,” the otherwordly, langourous melodicism of “Real Love,” the lovely, fragile melodicism of “Summer Moon,” the wispy, bewitching, almost insubstantial “Back From the Moon,” the mysterious, broken, chaotic, and repetitive melody of “She Never Knew My Name,” and the final song, the sprawling, brazen and spine-tingling “I’ve Seen That Film Before,” with its fine, needling guitar work. There’s more than a mere handful of good songs here, and at least three great ones: “Blind Man,” “Two Lost Dogs,” and “She Never Knew My Name.” It’s unfortunate, however, that the composer (or, I suspect, composers) saw fit to include every single song in what I presume to be their spacious cupboard. Also, the various production techniques lead me to suspect that these songs were recorded in at least three different studios. Nevertheless, this is a highly impressive collection, and a keeper. (Francis DiMenno)
Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Chris Howe and Drummer, Eric Scheiner had played off and on together in various bands and formed The Wood Floors ostensibly as a side project.
A side project that would end up growing into a voluminous library of recordings and live shows.
The first two Floors' releases featured short post-punk songs in the tradition of The Replacements early material, by the time the band recorded their third release "Violence" the focus went to creating material on the spot -no rehearsals - just gut instinct and chords.
The following release "Knowing Girls" was recorded in the same manner.
In 2004 and 2005 the band released the more crafted "For Rodriguez", "Girls Inc." and "Divorce Sale" all of which continued the band's knack for song and melody.
Between 2006 and 2008 the band solidified itself with the strong releases "These Streets Won't Lead You Home", "Real Love","Dry White Heat", "The Damage Is Already Done", and arguably their career best "Catwalks In The Coliseum".
Never afraid to stray into bizarre territory, they also released off-the cuff-rockers like "Real Pig" and "Every Act Of Pleasure" during the same time span.
2010 to 2014 saw the band release the synth heavy "Moon Dolls", the eclectic "Some Girls", "Music From Not The Devil" and the somber "At the Edge of Now."
One Wood Floors release rarely gives an idea what the next album will sound like. Usurping expectations and continually surprising listeners.
2003 - The Bitter End
2003 - Cursory Interest
2003 - Violence
2004 - Knowing Girls
2004 - Girls Inc.
2005 - Divorce Sale
2006 - Every Act Of Pleasure
2006 - Catwalks In The Coliseum
2006- Enfant Terrible
2006 - Your Girlfriend
2007 - Oh Your Sandals Really Do Feel Good
2007 - Pale White Girls
2007 - Real Love
2007 - Pure Country
2007 - The Damage Is Already Done
2007 - These Streets Won't Lead You Home
2007 - The Best Of The Wood Floors Vol. 2
2008 - Everything Is Nothing - The Motion Picture Soundtrack
2008 - Real Pig
2008 - Dry Whit Heat
2010 - Moon Dolls
2010 - Some Girls
2011 - Music From Not The Devil
2014 - At The Edge Of Now
2014 - Take Your Clothes Upstairs
2014 - Remains
2016 - The Wood Floors (Camera EP 1)
2016 - Feel The Revolution
2016 - The Wood Floors (Camera EP 2)
2017 - The Wood Floors (Camera EP 3)
2017 - You're LIVE! You Know
2018 - Tan Lines