Woodhands
Remorsecapade


3.0
good

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
February 15th, 2010 | 17 replies | 5,164 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Are you serious?

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

No, I’m not. And neither are Woodhands. Look at that futuristic spider-monster blasting away at the Western wild horses with a glimmering flawless rainbow in the background. You heard me... look at it! So ***ing epic... and I can’t tell if the album cover has nothing to do with Woodhands’ album, or if it has everything to do with Remorsecapade. I honestly did a triple-take when I saw the names of the duo that created this synth and drums mish-mash. Ever heard of The Rural Alberta Advantage? The folk-y indie-rock band from Canada? Their drummer, Paul Banwatt, joined synth specialist Dan Werb to create an unlikely duo of electro-pop funkiness- Woodhands. This interesting combination led me to believe that Remorsecapade would be... well, interesting, to say the least.

Believe it or not, but I was pretty damn right. Woodhands’ brand of electro-pop is funky and different. Banwatt’s beats are certainly prominent, consistent, and provide a nice backdrop. He delivers precise rapid-fire high-hats and there’s definitely a few synth lines that shouldn’t be taken for granted, namely “CP24” and “SLUTS!.” Knowing the drummer only for his involvement with the forlorn and rural-rockers The RAA, I was sufficiently surprised upon learning it was he behind this fun album. His partner in crime carries a little more protruding position in Woodhands, the man behind the vocals. Monotone and sang through a vocoder, I was immediately reminded of a band I’ve always held in very low esteem- The Hollywood Undead. You stopped reading, didn’t you? Well in case you didn’t, please don’t judge him too harshly by this comparison. Werb brings an excessive amount of energy to Woodhands, turning it up 11, as Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap would exclaim. Like many of the qualities on Remorsecapade, though, it’s a bit of a two-sided coin. Werb would have been much better-off incorporating the vocoder less. At times Woodhands comes as as far too over-produced. The music is certainly catchy enough, but it’s the monotone droll and jittery yelps (i.e. “Coolchazine”)that’s going to determine whether you enjoy Remorsecapade or despise it.

The duo differentiate themselves with what I feel is an underestimated factor in similar acts- pure energy. Woodhands refuse to blend into obscurity track after track, whether it’s an undeniable shift of energy like in “I Want To Be Together” or incorporating female vocals in “Dissembler.” While Woodhands aren’t competing with M83 or Cut Copy for electro-pop dominance, they make it sound like that’s not their aim. Rather, the Woodhands duo create a delightful (if ephemeral) album in Remorsecapade, don’t take themselves nearly as seriously as we expect our artists to, and have a pretty ***ing epic cover in case you haven’t noticed. I’d say those are all pretty fine achievements within themselves.



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SeaAnemone
February 15th 2010



18763 Comments


It's cool Sputnikdatabasetechnologyproblems... don't mind embarrassing me as I fail to upload artwork that I reference in the review.


I mean, people don't read these already, but you just made it a whole lot easier.

Ponton
Emeritus
February 15th 2010



5775 Comments


I read, and it's definitely a fun read.


Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

RobotFrank
February 15th 2010



344 Comments


I kind of like these guys. Haven't heard this yet, though. Nice review.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2010



9987 Comments


you weren't kidding about finding something no one will listen to thats a 3 lol

Romulus
February 15th 2010



8371 Comments


Can you link the artwork? I'm way too lazy to google it and really curious

SeaAnemone
February 15th 2010



18763 Comments


haha wow this blew up a little unexpectedly...

thanks Observer and Robert, preciate the reading

haha yeah Klap I was serious

and for you, Romulus anything

http://betterpropaganda.com/images/artwork/Remorsecapade-Woodhands_480.jpg


Romulus
February 15th 2010



8371 Comments


That is awesome. Review is very nice too, have a pos

SeaAnemone
February 15th 2010



18763 Comments


Awwww thanks Romulus

bungy
February 15th 2010



8843 Comments


Not posing

silverleaves
February 15th 2010



438 Comments


good review, pos'd
from what i've heard, not so good album

EVedder27
February 15th 2010



6088 Comments


album art is hilarious

SeaAnemone
February 15th 2010



18763 Comments


wow. shitload of pos's... thanks guys.




but not you bungy, NOT YOU.

AggravatedYeti
February 15th 2010



7684 Comments


I haven't read the review nor know anything about the band but based on that cover alone, I'm in.

in fact I'm not going to read it just so I don't spoil the surprise.

SeaAnemone
February 15th 2010



18763 Comments


Sorry I already took the avatar guys... it beat Ben from Lost just barely.


oh, and the rest of the sleeve on the physical CD only heightens the experience. it's like a super-duper sandwich covered in
awesome sauce. (the art that is)

AggravatedYeti
February 15th 2010



7684 Comments


oh and good review

SeaAnemone
February 15th 2010



18763 Comments


this review has too much profanity. I should really clean up my language.

bungy
February 15th 2010



8843 Comments


PG-13



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