The Wooden Box Band: Far Far Away (woodenboxbandmusic.com)

 |   |  <1 min read

Pitchfork
The Wooden Box Band: Far Far Away (woodenboxbandmusic.com)

Formerly Paddy Burgin and the Wooden Box Band but now projecting the new band members and allowing Wellington guitar-maker Burgin to step back a little, this small ensemble recorded these 10 originals at Lee Prebble's Surgery studio. This is dialed down folk (trumpet, violin, mandolin, lap steel etc) where there sheer pleasure is evident in material like the softly jaunty but lyrically pointed Soap and Cigarettes, the train-track clack rhythm of Pitchfork (kinda menacing words however) and Jackhammer which reaches right back to pre-Dylan folk.

Henry Rider about a working man seems timeless: “I built our shack in the Chinese quarter, work for me was on the water, many storms are written on my face”.

These aren't songs which toss out cliches but are often heavily weighted as on Ambulance: “Look at us calling for an ambulance again, it's four in the morning and the tears are falling my friend . . .”

The lovely Eden Street is a snapshot of a life where “houses stare through tired blinds at child brides at washing lines . . . we're paper bags on different trains, to the horizon seeking asylum. Eastward of Eden Street the ocean's rolling, breathing in and out regardless . . .”

Burgin and his band seem modest about this album, but there's nothing to be modest about. It is folk by aural definition but alludes to stories and characters which go beyond the song's duration.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Paddy Burgin and the Wooden Box Band: My Sweet Town (PB)

Paddy Burgin and the Wooden Box Band: My Sweet Town (PB)

Internationally successful guitar maker by day and guitarist by night, Wellington's Paddy Burgin last year got this very classy package which comes with a beautifully presented booklet of lyrics... > Read more

The Wailin' Jennys: Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House (Shock)

The Wailin' Jennys: Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House (Shock)

On the release of their Firecracker album a couple of years back I noted that you'd be forgiven for getting burn-out on this whole old-time country music sung authentically by people who are... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

40 YEARS OF THE NEW ZEALAND MUSIC CHARTS (2015): Pub quiz time, folks

40 YEARS OF THE NEW ZEALAND MUSIC CHARTS (2015): Pub quiz time, folks

Some weeks ago when it was clear there would be some celebration of four decades of official music charts in New Zealand, one of those researching it asked me a question which stumped me. What... > Read more

Oyster Pie: A "firm favourite" as summer wanes

Oyster Pie: A "firm favourite" as summer wanes

The Bluff oyster season usually opens in March in New Zealand so people might be looking for something more to do with those big, rich delights than just eating them raw or with a splash of... > Read more