Woods (band)

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Woods performing at Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland in 2013
Woods performing at Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland in 2013
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
Years active2005–present
LabelsWoodsist, Shrimper
MembersJeremy Earl
Jarvis Taveniere
Aaron Neveu
Chuck Van Dyck
Kyle Forester
Past membersJohn Andrews
Kevin Morby
G. Lucas Crane
Christian DeRoeck

Woods is an American folk rock band from Brooklyn, New York,[2] formed in 2005.[3] The band consists of Jeremy Earl (vocals, guitar), Jarvis Taveniere (various instruments, production), Aaron Neveu (drums), Chuck Van Dyck (bass), and Kyle Forester (keyboards, sax). The band's former bassist, Kevin Morby, left the band in 2013.[4]

Woods have released 11 albums, the latest being Strange to Explain. Pitchfork Media reviewed one of their previous albums, Songs of Shame, giving the band its "Best New Music" designation and describing the sound as "a distinctive blend of spooky campfire folk, lo-fi rock, homemade tape collages, and other noisy interludes, all anchored by deceptively sturdy melodies."[5]

Singer-guitarist and founder Jeremy Earl also runs the Brooklyn label Woodsist, for whom the band releases their work.

Early history[edit]

Prior to their initial output as Woods, founding members Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere, along with former member Christian DeRoeck, performed together in the band Meneguar,[6] in which Taveniere sang and played guitar, and Earl played drums. Meneguar released three albums, beginning with I Was Born At Night (released on cassette in 2004 by Fuck It Tapes, on LP the following year by Magic Bullet Records, and reissued in 2006 by Troubleman Unlimited).[7] The group released two subsequent albums, Strangers in Our House (Release the Bats Records, 2007) and The In Hour (Woodsist, 2008) prior to shifting their focus full-time to recording and performing as Woods.


Studio albums


  • Reflections Vol. 1 (Bumble Bee Crown King) (2020)

Singles & EPs

  • "To Clean" b/w "Rain On" (Live On WVKR" (7″ Half Machine, 2009) U.K. Issue[8]
  • "Sunlit" b/w "The Dark" (7" Captured Tracks, 2009)
  • "I Was Gone" - EP (12" Woodsist, 2010)
  • "Find Them Empty" b/w "Be There" (7" Woodsist, 2011)
  • Summer Tour 2011 Tour Split with Kurt Vile (33 RPM 7" Woodsist, 2011)[9]
  • "Cali in a Cup" b/w "Give Your Light Off" (7" Woodsist, 2012)
  • "Be All Be Easy" b/w "God's Children" (7" Woodsist, 2013)
  • "Tambourine Light" b/w "Tomorrow's Only Yesterday" (7" Woodsist, 2014)



  • Jeremy Earl - vocals, composer, guitar, twelve-string guitar, producer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, percussion, engineer, bass guitar (2005-present)
  • Jarvis Taveniere - guitar, twelve-string guitar, composer, bass, producer, engineer, mixing (2005-present)
  • Aaron Neveu - drums, acoustic guitar, bass (2013-present)
  • Chuck Van Dyck - bass guitar (2014-present)
  • Kyle Forester - keyboards, saxophone (2016-present)


  • John Andrews - piano, organ, musical saw
  • Kevin Morby - bass guitar (2009-2013)
  • G. Lucas Crane - tapes, keyboards
  • Christian DeRoeck - guitar



  1. ^ Kreps, Daniel; Weingarten, Christopher; Doyle, Patrick (15 June 2015). "50 Best Things We Saw at Bonnaroo 2015". Rolling Stone.
  2. ^ Charlesworth, Jenny (August 27, 2009). "Woods offers a taste of the Brooklyn sound", The Georgia Straight. Retrieved on 2009-09-03.
  3. ^ Sabbath, Chris (August 27, 2009). "Woods: Reworked quartet's 'Songs of Shame'", San Francisco Chronicle, p. F4. Retrieved on 2009-09-03.
  4. ^ "Kevin Morby's Midwest Heart - VICE". Noisey.vice.com. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  5. ^ Murphy, Matthew (April 24, 2009). "Woods: Songs of Shame", Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2009-09-03.
  6. ^ "Woods and Real Estate : A Scene of Their Own : Articles : Relix". 23 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Meneguar". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  8. ^ ""Rain on Radio" | Forkcast Archive". Pitchfork. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  9. ^ Smith, Barnaby (2011-07-28). ""Woods and Kurt Vile Release Split 7″". Music Feeds. Retrieved 2018-12-16. Tracklist: A1. Woods, “Skull”; A2. Woods, “Cold Blue”; B1. Kurt Vile, “Commercial Reject”; B2. Kurt Vile, “In/Out Blues”; B3. Kurt Vile, “Water Fingers”

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