From Monterey County Weekly:
"Every band in the world is hesitant to describe its sound.
Even a Duran Duran cover band will say that they really sound like no one
else. But Santa Cruz’s The Woodsmen are truly a challenge to classify.
Their song “Seats is Soft” sounds like jazzy pop until the funky chorus.
“Feel You Sighing” is a piano-driven rocker. Check them out and decide
if they are a funky rock band or a hip-hop-inspired jazz ensemble."
From Santa Cruz's Good Times Magazine:
"With their first release (Black Hair) and an unshakeable philosophy (“It´s good
to be hard, hard to be good”), The Woodsmen are primed to deliver widespread
insemination of their funk/rock hybrid. Calm, cool and collected in the name of
the funk, the band sets the mood with track one, worshipping the groove, the
synth, and the claptrack. But it´s the lethargically, sexy rasp of vocalist
Dylan Halberg that pushes songs like “Seats Is Soft” and “Dirty Carpet” into the
category of fine sober funk. How Halberg switches from chill vox to the jagged
rock rust used in songs like “Travelin´ Tan” and “No Path” is his own damn
business. But it´s the synthesis of his vocal dichotomy in friendly schizo song
“I´m For Real” that inspires a true respect of Halberg and his girlfriend."
From the PickTheHits.com newsletter:
"Four guys from Santa Cruz CA, who deliver a cool vibe with their blend of
retro soul and crunchy rock. Their first full length CD, Black Hair, and
their powerful live shows have been rapidly gaining momentum on the west
coast. It was so difficult to choose the best track to post that we selected
two for now, with more to come."
From Music Morsels online album reviews:
"Santa Cruz's The Woodsmen throw a party at you that is a bit jam band, a
bit alt rock, a bit jazz and a lot of fun. The album is primarily upbeat, with
power groovers like "Feel You Sighing" and "Picnic Kings & Queens"
interspersed with the reggae infused "Cold Is Foot" and smoky ballad "Meet You at
the Stairwell." Brimming with stellar guitar, keyboard and rhythm work and soulful
vocals The Woodsmen could be popular with a wide array of musical tastes."
Interview on The Santa Cruz X 103.9 FM: Part I: Dylan Blows It
Interview on The Santa Cruz X 103.9 FM: Part II: We Love You