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Happy Wanderer

5th August 2017
We’re a mostly happy bunch, and we do tend to wander musically (and sometimes non-musically) so we were right on board when the good folk from Happy Wanderer music fest asked us to join this year’s line-up. It’s happening at Benalla November 3-6. Check out all the details at happywandererfestival.com

Album Launch

21st October 2017
Rehearsals are well underway for our album launch on November 10 at The Retreat in Brunswick. We're pumped that Simon Baily and Shane O'Mara from Ponyface will be special guests, playing a rare acoustic set. We've also wrangled Rebecca Barnard and Shane to join us onstage to reprise their awesome contributions on the album. Vocal harmonies, three guitar jams - it’s gonna be epic...

Summertime in the Woods

30th October 2017
Summer looks like turning into a busy time for the band. Alongside appearances at Benalla’s Happy Wanderer Festival, we're booked into Torquay's Nightjar Festival in January, and planning other gigs throughout regional Victoria in Jan/Feb. Stay tuned to your local community station, we could be playing nearby real soon!

Upcoming Shows


Tuesday, October 31st

Live to air with Lindy Burns on ABC 774 - 9.30pm

Saturday, November 4th

Live to air with Brian Wise on Off The Record RRR 102.7FM

Saturday, November 4th

Happy Wanderer Festival
Benalla, Victoria

Friday, November 10th

Album Launch
The Retreat Hotel
280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

Thursday, January 4th

NightJar Festival
Torquay, Victoria

 

Previous Shows


Tuesday, September 5th

Live to air with Lindy Burns on ABC 774 - 9.30pm

Friday, October 13th

Lunchtime In-store at Basement Discs

Friday, October 13th

Supporting The Riflebirds
(Darebin Music Feast show)
The Wesley Anne
250 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

Friday, July 21st

Supporting Jess Parker & The Troubled Waters
Tago Mago Club
744 High Street, Thornbury VIC 3071

Saturday, May 27th

Tago Mago Club
744 High Street, Thornbury VIC 3071

Saturday, May 20th

The Retreat Hotel
280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

Friday, May 5th

The Fitzroy Pinnacle
251 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North, VIC 3068

Sunday, February 26th

The Post Office Hotel
229-231 Sydney Rd, Coburg, VIC 3058

Wednesday, January 11th

The Retreat Hotel
280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

Sunday, November 13th
@3-5PM

The Retreat Hotel
Back Room
280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

Quotes


"the best way I can describe their sound is 'ragged glory'"

Jeff Jenkins (774, RRR)

"the cream of the crop of new releases... this album is just terrific, I've played it over and over"

Stephen Walker (Skull Cave)

"'Apes Making Plans' reminds me of The Meters...and that's a good thing"

Brian Wise (Off The Record RRR)

Biography

“Same old bullshit, different bar. Hey, what’s your poison?”

Well, yes, Woodland Hunters, that’s about it.

There’s a recognition here in the only half humorous cliché that you choose your methods of (slow, not always quiet) death. It’s an adult choice: when you’re old enough to know yourself, to know the risks, it’s your call how you get to the end.

But hey, your poison isn’t just the demon drink, or the sacred ‘erb, or even the cracked pipe. Oh hell no. Sometimes your poison is flesh and blood and retribution-in-waiting. The demon made real.

As Andrew Tanner sings, in what you might call a romantic gesture and someone else might call a death warrant, “She says you’re trash, but you’re my trash baby, let’s pull the strings, let’s do this thing, and see what happens.”

After all, what could go wrong? Apart from everything.

Still, if there’s some consolation in an – inevitable? – end, that features spit and bile, “there’s no shame in making mistakes”. And Woodland Hunters songs aren’t short of, or afraid of, people making mistakes.

Not when there’s a kind of wasted beauty in the retelling like the slow country rock burn of Lost In Someone Else’s Dream, a song that is equal parts wisdom hard won and confession that this wisdom will probably be thrown aside next time temptation rises.

People used to say that the Rolling Stones, whose spirit filters through so much of Let’s Fall Apart, were the adults – dirty of mind and action; harder of heart and resolve – to the Beatles’ greater well of optimism.

If you liked your pop, your communal trust and your hope that love this time would work, you’d choose the Liverpudlians and hang on to your childhood. If you leant to the blues, suspected that everyone was out for themselves and thought yourself, to borrow from Woodland Hunters, a “wise blood”, then the Londoners were the only adult choice.

But look closely and the Stones were really boys trying on the clothes of men like they were trying on the blues, figuring that they’d grow into it all sooner or later. Fake it til you make it. And let’s face it, that’s pretty much the story for many (most? all?) boys-to-men isn’t it?

They want to be the man who is at ease and in control, like the languorous soul rock which opens Rise Above It (the rhythm section of drummer Leroy Cope and bass player Cam Prestipino loose on top, super tight beneath) who has it in him to turn into the swaggering cock-of-the-walk, like that song’s climax (where the guitars of Ross Richard, Tanner and producer Shane O’Mara kick up from wah-wah to punchy).

If they’re lucky maybe they’ll never know the difference between wished-for and reality. Maybe they won’t ever have to learn the lesson told among acoustic guitars and wistful tones in Meteor that “that won’t make me happy”.

It’s unlikely, but let ‘em dream eh? Like the clowns attending to your needs in the nightmarish - but we are assured real - hotel in Circus Circus, maybe the frighteners will just be temporary or just another Las Vegas façade.

Or maybe life will smack them on the arse anyway.

Well yeah Woodland Hunters, maybe that’s about it.

Bernard Zuel July, 2017

 

Andrew Tanner: vocals, guitar
Cam Prestipino: bass
Leroy Cope: drums
Ross Richard: guitars