Westender Article – Devil in the Wood Shack and Still Spirits: Young Punks Gone Old TimePosted by Jeff BLay on March 10, 2016 Blog | | No comments
An excerpt from an article in Westender ahead of our upcoming show on March 11 at Pat’s Pub for the Devil In The Wood Shack/Still Spirits Split release party.
There’s no shortage of vitality on the Vancouver roots music scene. From Petunia and the Vipers to Cornshed, from the Creaking Planks to Swank, there’s a host of mainstream dropouts mining old-timey folk, country swing, ragtime, and gypsy jazz for inspiration.
But you don’t necessarily expect that sort of music to turn up on a Not Yer Buddy compilation, coming from a bunch of young East Vancouver punks. It was NYB comp No. 4 that first brought Devil in the Wood Shack to this music journalist’s attention, where they performed a manic jugband ditty called “Devil Does Do.”
Roots music – or folk punk, or whatever you would like to call it – is by no means the only genre Devil in the Wood Shack does, mind you. “No Condition,” on their upcoming split CD, Live at the Nest, sounds more like Bone Machine-era Tom Waits, with frontman Joshua Wood’s bluesy growls complimented by a sultry co-vocal from Thalia Couture.