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Ben Woods Shares Debut Album 'Put'

Ben Woods Shares Debut Album 'Put'

A.K. / Wednesday 16th October, 2019 10:19AM

Ben Woods’ debut collection is like a big, warm, soupy bed that you can’t pull yourself out of. That could be the result of Put being recorded at Radio One in the middle of bitter Dunedin winter last year, with Steven John Marr and Woods making up for the cold by pulling out nine lush, crushed-velvety tracks to thaw themselves out. The Ōtautahi alt-pop, sometimes punk, songwriter has described himself as the poster boy for a new phase of the “Antipodean Gothic”, a Jasmine Gallagher coined term for the certain type of gloomy, cynical music emerging from Christchurch musicians in the last half decade.

Early tracks ‘Marchy’ and ‘Indulge’ don’t entirely rule out the album unfolding into a more upbeat, indie-pop LP, but ‘Lozenge’ is like the stomach-flipping summit before plummeting into delicious gothic grunge and swelling distortion. Woods and band are taking the new collection on the road this month and next, zig-zagging around the country with Ōtepoti alt-folk songwriter Lucy Hunter, plus a wicked register of supports joining them along the way. Sink into Put, and take note of where you can catch it live this spring…

Ben Woods Group + Lucy Hunter

Thursday 24th October - San Fran, Wellington w/ Michael James Keane
Friday 25th October - Snails, Palmerston North w/ $hannengeorgiapetersen*
Saturday 26th October - Whammyfest, Whammy Bar + Backroom, Auckland (tickets available HERE via UTR)  
Sunday 27th October - Common Room, Hastings w/ In The Mouth of the Gift Horse*
Thursday 31st October - Bark!, Dunedin w/ Zero Cool, A Buried Wreck
Friday 1st November - Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru*
Saturday 2nd November - Lyttelton Coffee Co., Christchurch w/ Zero Cool

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Christchurch director Martin Sagadin whipped up some stunning visuals for single Good 2 Be Sleeping’

'Put' is out digitally and on limited edition vinyl and cassette now via Melted Ice Cream, find a copy HERE.


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Ben Woods Group + Lucy Hunter w/ Michael James Keane
Thu 24th Oct
Moon1, Wellington
Ben Woods Group + Lucy Hunter w/ $hannengeorgiapeterson
Fri 25th Oct
Snails, Palmerston North
Fri 25th Oct
Whammy Bar + Backroom, Auckland
Ben Woods Group + Lucy Hunter w/ In The Mouth Of The Gift Horse
Sun 27th Oct
Common Room, Hastings
Ben Woods Group + Lucy Hunter
Fri 1st Nov
Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru
Ben Woods Group + Lucy Hunter w/ Zero Cool
Sat 2nd Nov
Lyttelton Coffee Company, Christchurch