Yes folks 2018 was time for a new album from the Wooden Box Band. In the year leading up to this we all spent time listening to the words and music of the wind and grabbing and wrangling the relevant bits into ten new and original works.
We gradually slotted our new songs into our regular gig set lists and kept whittling them into shape and testing them on new and unsuspecting audiences. Recorded at the Surgery, where all good music is made, we bashed it out mostly live with some extra bits overdubbed. It sounds dynamic and no track is like the one before.
We come out swinging with an airy song about the Canterbury nor-west choral wind then teleport to 1960s Petone before demonstrating how to take people out with a pitchfork and wonder how aliens share resources.
Move on to a trumpet and honky tonk piano fueled blast of a work/labour song about breaking up concrete with a kango-hammer then move to the life story of Janet Frame in 3:31 minutes (she deserves longer we know). Then take a trip in an emotional Shakespearean storm to the true story of a Lyttleton port worker killed tragically in 1895 and a reflection on the Me Too movement.
And all of this to the sound of a band enjoying themselves in the studio – keeping it simple and keeping it real, and making room for some fine melodies and harmonies.
We’ll get a pic up soon and link to the moooooooooossssssic!