BackgroundRuss was born and raised in Brisbane, as a child, the sounds of American country artists were on high rotation in his home...artists like Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Tom T Hall, Roger Miller.
Russ's old man had played in bands and would sing and play songs to him and his siblings as kids, but it wasn't untill Russ was 17 that he showed any interest in learning guitar. Fortunately for Russ the guitar he learnt on (his Dad's guitar) was a 12 string Maton. But as sweet as a 12 string sounds, It wasn't long before Russ switched to electric.
So Russ's Father took him down to the local music shop and bought him an Emperador Tele copy and case for about 150 bucks (Russ still has it and plays it to this day). Russ told the the store attendant that he wanted to play lead guitar and asked his advice on what book he should buy to teach himself guitar. The owner gave Russ one of the best pieces of musical advice he had received thus far..."Find an original Fleetwood Mac album (before the girls joined the band), listen to it and play along". It so happened that Russ's Father had such a Fleetwood Mac album, so Russ would sit downstairs in the rumpus room of his parent's home, dim the lights and spin that record to death, teaching himself how to play (blues) guitar.
Hoodoo Gurus - Music is best when it is heard live. The gurus are living proof of this. So many good times seeing this band.
Pixies - Their music made Russ nauseous the first time he heard them, but that quickly changed. They are now one of his all time favourite bands!
Pavement - When Indie music was Indie music. Russ got to meet and see them do a live recording in the BBC studios in London. Consequently he couldn't sleep for a month!
Sonic Youth - Walls of distorted guitar feedback. Russ is a sucker for some tube driven guitar feedback!
Black Keys - Russ understands that this choice is kind of obvious, but he really digs how these guys put their spin on blues music, and they do it pretty dam well too.
BackgroundChad was born in the United States and raised in Nevada. His original instrument was not the bass guitar, but the acoustic guitar, and it was through this instrument that he found his voice playing an array of covers. Eventually Chad moved towards the electric guitar and consequently all the effects pedals and tones that accompany tasty leads.
Chad's musical experience began in his hometown of Reno, USA, playing originals with a hard rock edge. And since moving to Brisbane, Australia in 2000, he has played with a number of bands which have ranged in genres from Reggae, Blues and Progressive Rock.
Chad found himself becoming very interested in the bare bones of a particular arrangement and the amount of precision that the rhythm section needs to have a song to work, hence his appreciataion of how essential the role the bass guitar is in bridging the gap between guitar and drums.
In addition Chad can play drums and feels this gives him an advantage when it comes to judging and implementing solid tempos.
Chad see's Woodshed as a combination of three guys with a varied taste in music who have a common sensibility. He believes there is a Country side to Woodshed's sound as well as Blues. This combines with a smatterings of Garage and Surf tints that mixes well with the overall vibe. Chad sees the beauty of the sound is in the simplicity. He believes Woodshed's style lends itself to include the awesome guest contributions of saxophone or electric organ, without sounding too busy or forced.
Chad summised "I think it's (sic Woodshed) got a really organic, earthy flavour which I really hope people will be drawn to. I'm looking forward to exploring all these avenues with these guys, big time."
From the 1960's - Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Sabbath and Doors.
From the Blue's Genre - Cream, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Ray Vaughn.
From Alternative Rock Genre - Talking Heads, Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins, Iggy and the Stooges, MC5, and The Velvet Underground.
- For funking it up - John Paul Jones, Flea, Tim C from Rage, and Geezer Butler.
- For having attitude - Les Claypool, Noel Redding, and Jack Bruce.
- For jamming it - Phil Lesh from the Dead, Tony Levin, and Peter Hook.
I was a student of JB Bunklewort, world famous jazz/swing/metal/ultra-dub percussionist of the 1920's. He imparted the best advice one could ever give a drummerist and the secrets of Drummification. But it's a secret. Instead, what I can say is he told me that unless I can do a triple backwards overlay mega triple on the hi-hat with my left foot whilst drinking a cold ale then I really should just "pack it in". So I tried a different teacher, Peter Mudskipper, unfortunately he was a geography teacher.
But despite Bunklewort's poignant advice and Peter's non-sequitor drummer mentoring, I persevered, safe in the knowledge that, if I just hit the bits on drum kittery thingy, then "everything will be alright"....as long has it has some sembalance of timing.
So that's what I do: randomly hit things, but preferably in some consistent timing*
*Timing not guaranteed, please refer to terms and conditions.
Drummerists - Yes.
Other - Bob, and I think....Tim. No sorry I meant Colin or was it Mr. Whatever?.
The musical term “Woodshedding” means to practise or jam out ideas, this term succinctly defines the band “Woodshed”, and in some ways this is how the band became, 3 musicians jamming together, discovering a that they had complimentary musical skills and a cohesive feel on how to hold onto a mood.
The band organically grows its repertoire, striving for a "bluesy" or "rockin" feel and sound that all will enjoy and want to groove to, this is not to say that a tight cohesion is not a goal, or that there is not technical compositions attempted, but it’s a feel that the band aims for; the confluence of three streams of creativity, merging together at a particular moment to distil each song the 3 piece produces. It’s the band philosophy it that the music it creates is open to incorporate guest artists to pitch in and contribute another layer of creativity for live or special performances.
Wrapping all these things together it was only natural that the band be named “Woodshed”.
"Attends to all your Blue's and Rockin' Vexations, promptly!"