The Woolen Men are three – two Oregon natives and a Washingtonian. They playpunk influenced DIY music in the Pac-NW tradition of Dead Moon and the Wipers. More than a sound or style, that means a kind of work ethic – do-it-yourself and do it a lot. The band is happiest touring up and down the I-5 or bunkered in their practice space with the cassette 4-track rolling. And it shows. Live, the band is thunderous and energetic and the magnetic chemistry of the three of them playing together shines through in the recordings.
Today the band released the second track off their sophomore album Temporary Monument on Woodsist Records, due September 4th. Stream the album’s second single ” Life In Hell” over at SPIN Magazine. Today they also announced aWest Coast tour with Landlines.
The Woolen Men are Alex Geddes, Lawton Browning and Raf Spielman. They live and work in Portland, OR. Raf previously released an album of solo material under his Polyps moniker for Woodsist’s sister label Hello Sunshine.
From the band:
“Our hometown has been buried under an avalanche of condos and pointless businesses catering to the newly rich. Noise complaints shut down our shows and pull the plug on countless DIY venues. The places where we lived are being torn down; the rent keeps climbing up. Born too soon or too late, the recession’s effect on our youth was as invisible as it it was profound.
Music today is rendered powerless – white noise made in the echo chamber, for the great Smooth Face that gazes once and moves on. So here it comes, some noise from the dustbin. The internet is sham: Temporary Monument, we made it for ourselves. Look us in the eyes and tell us you’re not getting old.”
-Woolen Men Portland Ore. 2015
09/17 – Davis, CA – Villanova House w/ Blhans
09/18 – Oakland, CA – TBA w/ Baus & Unity
09/19 – TBA
09/20 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern w/ Skygreen Leopards