After a freak-of-nature thunder storm, Minneapolis suffered its way into a dusky Friday night. The hipsters were not deterred by the weather, as Cedar Avenue was scattered with people looking to pick up and go somewhere to dry off. Triple Rock Social Club was no exception; The Wooden Sky was playing in part with a collaboration of other performers: Austin Lucas, Bear Country and Paladin Road.
This succulent taste of music is a brand new style of folk-rock. It is every bit as refreshing to someone who is into either genre, and after many let-downs, artistry is certainly a welcome change. The Wooden Sky is bringing new meaning to revitalization.
It is not as surprising as you might think; the boys in The Wooden Sky are an extremely talented bunch of musicians. I mean,- as much flack as Canada gets here in the United States, it did give us Leonard Cohen and Neil Young, lest not forget Rush!?
The Wooden Sky does not lack any of the ingredients a folk-rock band needs: chemistry; a copious amount of soul; and well tuned, properly played instruments.
I know that it would seem after only two full-length albums, and just a couple of tours under their belts; they must not have had much experience. However, it appears that just the opposite is true from listening to them. You'd think by their sound that these guys have been touring the globe for ages.
Their first album When Lost at Sea was released in 2007, and their most recent but certainly not last, If I Don’t Come Home, You’ll Know I’m Gone (2009) are two albums that should not go unnoticed. Gavin Gardiner, The Wooden Sky’s captain and lead singer, has the voice of a lumber jack in a field of wild flowers; his enunciation of each lyric brings his talent to light. The band is in sync and very complimenting of each other’s individual energy as well.
It seemed just about every song they played turned out to be a crowd favorite, but the highest volume of energy in the venue would indicate the highlights to be: “Bit Part”, “North Dakota” and “Oh My God”.
The Wooden Sky is one of those bands you come across by accident, or by recommendation. A blessing in disguise you witness in the corner of a dusty dive bar playing their hearts out behind the rattling of beer glasses and useless weekday chatter. When you look up, and start to feel the raw emotion and hear the air raised rhythms of fiercely played instruments set to stories that only organic folk-tales could tell, you will realize you are now a part of something special. Don’t pass up the little guys; they could just be the best-band-you’ve-never-heard-of.
Information regarding The Wooden Sky can be found on the band’s Myspace Page, ZBe sure to check them out when they come through your town. You’ll be happy you did.