These Woolen Men releases always come without warning and I’m never ready for what’s next. The band has been consistently one of the best at corralling the spirit of indie guitar into a new era that pays its dues to what came before without getting stuck in their predecessor’s footsteps. “Mexico City Blues” is methodical and measured, a steady rocker that anchors its admissions to a thud of bass while slashing and slicing just the right amount of jagged and jaded guitar over the top. A little while back Aquarium Drunkard ran down a review of what made The Mantles so vital to the San Francisco sound, which ended fittingly with the band tearing up roots and heading to Portland, only to be welcomed with open arms by Woolen Men in their first show in the Pacific Northwest. Like The Mantles, Woolen Men are the crux and soul of a sound, without ever putting on any pretensions about their status. What Woolen Men do matters too, and with a new record on the way, they’re proving just why that’s true. The new LP lands November 22nd. Get on it.
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