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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

CD Review: Woodfish - Breathe

Woodfish - Breathe
2008, Meanfish Records

Woodfish is one of the more unique bands I've heard this year. Mixing jazz and funk with straightforward rock and the occasion Zeppelin-esque turn, Woodfish has an incredibly dynamic sound that makes you look forward to Saturday night. Woodfish's Breathe EP is sharp and funky and full of great songwriting and tight, tight, tight musicianship.

Bamm Diddley opens the set with a cacophony of sax, strings and percussion only to resolve into a funky/jazz mix that is incredibly addictive. Love Another takes a slightly darker turn into P-Funk Category with a guitar opening that would make Jimmy Page weep with envy. In My Eyes is a soft ballad in the vein of Edwin McCain. Losing My Mind opens with some of the hottest bass playing you'll find south of Jim Creeggan, and Breathe is a rump-shaking party machine packed into 3 minutes and 15 seconds. There's a slight resemblance in substance and style here to another one of my favorite bands, Cowboy Mouth. The attitude and musicianship are there, and the frantic musical style is ever-present.

Woodfish might be the hottest party band you could ever hope to find. These guys could light up a dance floor like no one you've heard or seen. Forget the DJ. Woodfish has got the mojo for Friday and Saturday night. Chalk Breathe up as a party favorite, or an anytime favorite. If it were longer I'd call it a Desert Island Disc. Either way, it's 5-Star material.

Rating: 5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Woodfish at You can download a copy of Breathe through iTunes.


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