Woods – How to Survive + In the Woods (Release the Bats) 2006


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There are many reasons why I hate hippies. For instance when a stinky hippy says ” Wow you bought a new car. That is a strain on the environment” whilst they drive around in a lead petrol spewing van. Or the time that a shitty hippy chewed me out because I am a lawyer. I had the audacity to ask him what he did and he then proceeded to snottily tell me how he was on a fucking spiritual journey and that he was on the dole to help facilitate his on going fascination with african drumming. Fuck off white boy. Or that stupid middle class white hippy chick who tells me how she is going to spread the value of human rights to developing Asia and all I think is “Fuck off. That’s exactly what the third world needs, another white child of privilege talking down to brown people.” Fucking great. She didn’t even get just how fucking racist and condescending she was being. Or that “vegan activist” who never told her mates that she enjoyed a sausage roll when she thought she was alone.

Anyway ….. sorry about that. Hippies are no good. You may have gleamed that from this stupid little blog. I make this admission because I have no idea why I love The Woods so much. This is THE most played album on Mr Boo. By a country fucking mile I might add. This is their first release and is a CD transfer of the double C20 cassette version that was released on Fuck It Tapes in 2005. It is sweet, hippy, folkish, amateurish rootsy pop/rock at its best. This album is pure joy on a shiny silver thing. It’s songs about love and loss recorded straight on to cassette tape. The hiss, fizz and fuzz is all there. Just two guys and their guitars, one take and no drums. Fucking blissful, sweet melodies collide with lo-fi brilliance. It begs to be loved and fuck it, I do. But not in a dirty way. It’s even better than At Rear House because its pure, its amateurish and great and anyone who tells you differently needs to be punched.

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