Woods The Great Hall, Toronto ON, May 9
Published May 10, 2014Woods amassed a sizeable back catalogue in a relatively short amount of time, and the Brooklyn group's live performances are a rare chance to reflect on the highs each of those records produced. Their set at the Great Hall certainly highlighted this, as the band worked through songs from their latest record, With Light and with Love, and recent releases with bearded and bespectacled lead singer and guitarist Jeremy Earl playing ring leader, switching between acoustic and electric guitars.
The now-sextet have evolved from a jangly gang into a tight group of musicians. Gone are the noise jams of old, replaced with actual jams, displaying a surprising level of musicianship; on epic closer "With Light and With Love," guitarist Jarvis Taveniere managed to knock over his mic stand during a rather blistering solo. It was the perfect closer to their set even if, 60 minutes in, it came far, far too soon.