Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers (4 stars)

Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers

With a combined musical history that takes in solo singer-songwriting, conventional indie-rock bands (The Common Redstarts, Parka) and alternative multi-instrumental squadron Orkestra Del Sol, the six-piece, Edinburgh and Glasgow-based Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers have some diverse experience to draw upon. Yet under the nominal leadership of singer and guitarist Ali Downer, aka Woodenbox, and his long-time drummer and writing partner Nick Dudman, they’ve carved their own defining style.

Playing a blend of classic country-rock and Mexican brass, the group make an upbeat sound which is still precise and well-composed. Their songs are equally suited to the dancefloor and to home listening, although the slightly eerie tone in slower tracks such as ‘Draw a Line’ would mean they fit well in a Spaghetti Western soundtrack, the lingering horn sounds recalling Ennio Morricone. Added country-rock kudos, also, to the members who appear to be growing epic, Eagles-style beards.

Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Thu 11 Jun. www.myspace.com/awoodenbox


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