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     CD title - Spew
    by Wooden Hez
    Review by William Elgin


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    CD title - Spew
    by Wooden Hez
    Review by William Elgin

    If bands survive their dreaded "sophomore" slumps as recording acts, the benefits of their third release are usually immediate. Luckily for the listener, so are the rewards. Wooden Hez's third release, Spew, is a ten-song statement from one of the country's better unsung rock bands working today. In a time when music is a full time vocation for fewer than ever, Wooden Hez bring consistent skill and passion to bear on each song and never sound like they are coasting. These ten songs are clear proof that there are rock bands today still concerned with improving themselves and creating work that stands the test of time.

    "Old Skin" is a real start in that direction. This is the bruising guitar hijinks of mid 1990's Seattle rock dragged out of mothballs, fired through the personalities of this band's two guitarists, and revamped for a modern audience. Dave Pitone, one of the band's two guitarists and singer, performs well, but it's difficult to get any real gauge on that thanks to the mix. The guitars clash and blast the listener as well over an unwavering backbeat.

    "Reckoning" plays promisingly for the first couple of minutes, but the song feels plagued by a lack of focus that never pushes it out of its comfort zone. However, guitarists Pitone and Joseph Neenan distinguish themselves once again by creating tremendous atmosphere with tasteful and musically intelligent playing. "Punk Rock Jack" is the album's most imaginative song, a full-on story in music rich with detail. The band's melodic strengths stand out here sharper than before thanks, in no small part, to the improved production on this song and the band's two drummers shine moving things along with steady hands.

    "Old Same Old" gives Pitone a chance to unleash a screaming rock vocal and he doesn't disappoint. It isn't all theatrics, however. His roaring disgust on the chorus is impossible to ignore and that contrast between fury and resignation he brings to the song is its distinguishing feature. "Let's Drive Tonight", after a brief build-up, is a lightly insistent song, like a mosquito persistently buzzing in your face. Thankfully, this song has tenacity that is more appealing and its brighter pop leanings are impossible to ignore. "Killing Streets" begins with a much more serious import from its first seconds. This is a grim tale, but the lyrics and performance alike give the singer and audience alike to fills in the stories gaps with their own imagination.

    Review by William Elgin


    Conclusion:


    Wooden Hez has emerged from their apprenticeship as a rising band with an album that affirms the promise of their past while turning a bold eye towards tomorrow. There is a consistency of sound and style, lyrical depth, and imagination few bands within their genre today can equal.
    9/10 Stars.





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