Ravenna Woods- image credit Dan Poss

You’ve heard them many times on KEXP. Like the Violent Femmes before them, they’re acoustic, but they rock. Seattle trio quartet Ravenna Woods will be playing Neumos Friday May 18th along with Deep Sea Diver and Pure Bathing Culture. Tickets are $10 in advance, and are available here. Friday is the night to see local music on the Hill. This show should make your list.

The addition of Sam Miller on piano fills out their music; there is more width, heft. These boys have energy, passion, and a command of the stage that can only be understood by witnessing it. They are working on a new album. It’ll be interesting to see how their direction changes with the addition of Miller on the ivories.

They are a little bit folky, with an edge. KEXP calls them dreary and uplifting at the same time, and compares them to Modest Mouse, Elliot Smith, and Radiohead. Not bad company. They skirt the line between heavy and light. Their music is bright, but the words are heavy. The lyrics to their songs are amalgams of Chris Cunningham’s subconscious, and his take on the world. Right now they are set to play Neumos. With the evident fire in their collective bellies, now is the time to see them.

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Ravenna Woods has made KEXP’s top albums list two years running with their debut 2010 full-length ‘Demons and Lakes,’ and their 2011 follow-up EP ‘Valley of the Headless Men.’ Besides garnering extremely favorable press, their dark and intricate take on indie music has recently landed them a song deal with ABC, and a home at Chicago based booking agency Red Ryder. They are currently writing and recording for their 2nd full-length album which will feature material that incorporates their newly joined 4th member.

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