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Woods reunite ‘With Light and With Love’

Album art for “With Light and With Love.” [Woodsist Records] By William Lukitsch Entertainment Editor The Brooklyn-based folk-rock band Woods have put out seven albums since they got together in 2005. Although the group has held a fairly consistent tone over the course of their discography, their sound has become more layered, composed and enriched over their nine-year partnership. Their latest LP, “With Light and With Love,” released on April 15 under their own label, Woodsist, which was founded by the band’s lead singer and guitarist Jeremy Earl in 2006. Bassist Kevin Morby rejoined his compatriots to record and tour after releasing his solo album “Harlem River” in late 2013. Woods break out the steel guitar stretch out raw folk roots and country nuance in the first song “Shepherd,” a prequel to the heady tracks like “Twin Steps” and “Shining” which are drenched in psychedelic ‘60s ambience. The nine-minute title track consists of a fuzzy, flanged, reverb-heavy guitar riffs meshed with a psychedelic organ and groovy bass line. A repetitive drum and bass line set the stage for wild, aggressive guitar leads through a fourminute instrumental segment in an ob-

vious effort to appease the dead-heads. Most of songs on this album reveal a deep classic rock influence. The opening progression and slide guitar lead for “Full Moon” sounds strikingly similar to America’s “Sister Golden Hair.” “New Light” is filled with bright major chords, delicate vocal harmonies, and graceful organ arpeggios creating a short, catchy tune that sounds inspired by the Beatles LP “Yellow Submarine.” The Woods haven’t exactly re-invented the wheel with “With Light and With Love.” While their musicianship and lyricism are impressive, the tranquil tone that resonates forms a natural anesthetic. The vocal effects, while unique and creative, destroy Earl’s ability to put human inflection and emotion into the music. The dependence that Woods have on manufactured effects make them an interesting group to see live. Woods will be playing on May 7 at Subterranean in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. For more information on their music, and upcoming show, visit woodsist. com/woods. William Lukitsch can be contacted at

ENGLISH | from front page with the group’s rendition of “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Garino, illuminated by spotlight and shrouded in smoke, sang the droning lead vocals through a megaphone as Zemanek played the synth back track over Gable’s off-kilter drum pattern. For the final segment, the backdrop of the stage was filled by a projection of the iconic “Abbey Road” album cover. American English moved through the last recorded Beatles album in beautiful harmony. The band attempted to end the evening with the last track “The End,” but the two-hour set wasn’t enough to soothe the appetite of the fans at Menker Theater. A long, nearly deafening

standing ovation prompted the band to take the stage again for an encore performance of “Hey Jude,” officially ending the night with a bow from the band and a hail of applause from the audience. American English took the crowd on a memorable journey through the benchmark achievements made by one of the most influential rock bands of all time. From their flawless recreation Beatle favorites, to the witty banter on stage, American English provides the ultimate Beatles experience. For more information on their upcoming shows visit William Lukitsch can be contacted at

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