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LAST MONTH WE HAD A CHAT WITH JARVIS TAVENIERE, MEMBER OF THE INDIE ROCK BAND WOODS, WHILE HE WAS RECORDING IN HIS STUDIO IN BROOKLYN. RISING FROM A NEW YORK SCENE THAT WAS, AT THE TIME, SATURATED WITH INDIE BANDS, WOODS HAVE STEADILY KEPT A PRESENCE THAT IS GENERALLY UNDER THE RADAR WITH A QUALITY BODY OF WORK, IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE TERM. THEIR NEW TOUR START ON APRIL AND WILL ALSO HIT ITALY, DISCOVER THE LATEST NEWS IN THIS INTERVIEW.

Hello Jarvis, “City Sun Eater In The River Of Light” it’s a string album able to be different from your previous work. What’s new and the inspiration?

It represents both a step forward and yet another step to the side. It’s a sort of constantly evolving working relationship, where we explore a refined and expansive sound. It feels like a new chapter for the band even if we did not really plan it in advance, but record to record. And to note: this record was completely recorded in the studio, the first one to be 100% in a proper studio. It was really fun.

Nearly a record a year for 11 years. You are such a prolific band!

Well, yes, it is a lot of work but when the band started we didn’t actually have that goal to be a proper  band, we just liked recording music and we putting records on small labels and it all happened really quickly. We were spending time at home writing and recording and then we were taking our favourite stuff from the last 6 months and make a record out of it. It sounds a lot but we weren’t going on tour, so we did not take it as a professional band and maybe enjoy it more.

Which are the band’s folk rock hallmarks?

Folk rock? Well, one of our favourite are The Birds, so that’s a kind a band we always go back to, because they did cover a lot of ground. But there are many band that go folk rock.

LA versus NY. What’s your answer?

Uhhh, why do you ask?

Well, your are based in Brooklyn but there’s a strong connection with California, right?

Yes, you are right. We have a lot of friends that we see just when we are on tour there. For example for my personal perspective it’s an hard question because we are from NY and we tend to romanticize our vision of Los Angeles, like probably anyone does.

Your Facebook is called The Woods Family Band. Why?

You know, when we first started there where lots of friends involved, coming in and out, playing records and coming on tour with us. We have always felt like a real family, so i guess this is why we called it like that. And it’s a concept that still belongs to us all.

The Brooklyn psych-folk band formed by Jeremy Earl (vocals, guitar), Jarvis Taveniere (various instruments, production), Aaron Neveu (drums), Chuck Van Dyck (bass) and Kyle Forester (keyboards, sax) arrives in Italy next week to present the last beautiful “Sun City Eater album in the river of light”, ninth work of their careers.

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