WOODPECKER – Photo by Tania Gibson
Copenhagen based trio Woodpecker is hard hitting rock anno 2019. The band unites the melodies and the crushingly heavy groove of 90’s grunge with its personal vision of a contemporary, gloomy and melodic rock music. This can be heard on their second EP ‘320’ set for a September release, and as of now, the non-compromising first single ‘Blood Flow’ is out, excellently showcasing the band’s direct, dynamic sound and sombre visual side.
Woodpecker was formed in 2017 and the same year, the trio recorded and released the EP ‘Stillborn’ which was mixed and mastered by producer legend Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica). Since then, a string of shows have shaped them into a experienced and very solid live band and in 2018, the band signed a deal with the DK based label Wild North Music, whom will release the trio’s forthcoming EP ‘320’ in the fall. The new EP is produced and recorded by the band and Peter Sloth (Fribytterdrømme, Red Lama mv.), mastered by Jørgen Knub and carries the artwork of Alexander Wilstrup.
The five songs on ‘320’ demonstrates a band which through focused songwriting and excellent musicianship is capable of maintaining the classic hard rock in its own contemporary image. Inspiration is found in the heavy rock of the 70’s, influential 90’s bands such as Alice In Chains and Soundgarden alongside industrial rock-icons like Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. Still, respectfullness towards the idols never commands the band’s updated musical fusion in which the direct expression and aggressive riffing resonates harmoniously with dynamics, contrast and melody.
The first single off ‘320’ is ‘Blood Flow’ – a straightforward two minute headbanger of a song showing the trio’s harder qualities and their talent for the simultaneously catchy and melancholic rock song. ‘Blood Flow’ takes its cue from the EP’s general thematics revolving around the dark sides of love, as it describes a relationship out of balance, characterized by power and violence. Likewise, the band does not restrain themselves visually, when they bring this twisted relation to life with disturbing images in the accompanying music video directed by Yasser Yassin.
WOODPECKER live shows will be announced in the months ahead.