The Deep Dark Woods, Self-Titled and Hang Me Oh Hang Me

by Woody on January 28, 2008

deep dark woods

I know that it was just last week that I promised my eight loyal readers that I would never again let quality music slip through the cracks. I’m sorry. That promise suffered the same fate as countless other promises I’ve made to my wife. I will clean the garage this weekend. I will not lose more than $500 in Vegas. Allow me to introduce you to The Deep Dark Woods.

Before indie music made its way into my life, I followed the Dead around for years culminating in their final show in Chicago. I came for the music and stayed for the drugs (or maybe it was the other way around). I loved them and they had a tremendous impact on my life and I will consider myself a “Head” till the day I die.

Now it’s 2008 and I’m infatuated with alt-country. My buddy Jefe thinks its because I like to wear cowboy hats. What does have to do with The Deep Dark Woods and the Dead? Well much like me on drugs in a cowboy hat, the four-piece outfit from Saskatoon, Canada are a nice combination of the two genres.

Fittingly the first track is named “Dead and Buried.” At first lead singer’s Ryan T. Boldt voice takes a bit of getting used to. It’s a combo speak-sing with the right amount of drawl to make it all work and it took me a full spin to appreciate it. A few songs later they launch into “Mountain” – the standout track on the album. It has an extremely catchy guitar lick that sticks in your head and it simmers as Boldt and his cohorts push out mellow harmonies.

So here I am, listening to this album on repeat, when I visit them on MySpace and see that they have a new release in ’07 called Hang Me Oh Hang Me out on Canada’s Black Hen Music. And I’ll be damned. It’s actually a step forward from the great album that I just got done describing, including the highlight “River In The Pines,” which reminds me of the Dead’s “Loser.”

So kids, the lessons are bountiful. 1) I should move to Canada because there are a shitload of good bands up there. 2) I did too many drugs in college, which sometimes slows down my ability to pick up on a new things. 3) I look damn good in cowboy hats.

Deep Dark Woods on MySpace

The Deep Dark Woods – Hang Me Oh Hang Me

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

C Dub February 1, 2008 at 10:59 am

If you like these guys you should definetly check out this band comin up out Delaware. They are called Fat Daddy Has Been and I just saw them live for the first time and they killed it. Their new album is amazing so if anyone wants to check them out you can hear it at myspace.com/FatDaddyHasBeen

Kevin February 6, 2008 at 1:33 pm

The title of this song comes from “Hang me oh hang me, till all be dead and gone. I wouldn’t mind your hangin boys, but you stay in jail so long” a line from a traditional song sometimes called ‘I been all around this world”, which Jerry Garcia often song during his solo acoustic shows in the early 80’s including a very well known bootleg recorded during a show at Oregon State Prison.

How about that for some worthless Deadhead knowledge?

Kevin from The Morning Pages

oz February 6, 2008 at 11:39 pm

That’s the most thoughtful comment we’ve had in quite some time. We appreciate it.

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