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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Taste of the Woolen Men: "Mayonnaise"

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Album cover for The Woolen Men.
  • Album cover for The Woolen Men.

A lucky handful of folks got their hands on the self-titled cassette from the Woolen Men last year—it made more than one of our top 5 lists at the end of the year—but its existence in this world turned out to be short-lived. But for very good reason. The Woolen Men, touted as the Portland three-piece's first full-length record following a lengthy string of EPs and other releases, is seeing the light of day again on March 5, by way of the respected Woodsist label, the New York imprint that's home to the band Woods and has also released records by Portland bands like Eat Skull and Meth Teeth. (Woodsist's sister label Hello Sunshine also released a solo record from Woolen Man Raf Spielman under the moniker the Polyps.)

And now here's the opening track from The Woolen Men, a splendid jangler called "Mayonnaise." With Roger McGuinn-esque 12-string—actually, it sounds more like Big Star than the Byrds—and backing "oohs," it's a fresh, tight, poppy rock song, evidence of both the Woolen Men's songwriting skill and their aptitude for self-recording themselves.

It's a great taster for the album, and while your appetite is whetted, check out the WM's recent tour cassette, which you can listen to over on Bandcamp. (Another tour cassette from the prolific band will likely come out around the same time as the full-length.) The Woolen Men play Friday, January 11 at the Know, opening for the Gutters' 7-inch release show.

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