COO WOO (Milwaukee, USA). A hook that will floor you and make your heart race. Reach for your dancing shoes, grab a beer and raise a glass to toast an album that will quite possibly be the soundtrack to your next great romance
*ZINE ABOUT THAT*
Makes me wonder if Milwaukee ever gets any snow; hearing this record makes me want to curse the Prime Minister for not making it sunny enough. It is a seasonal travesty to have to listen to summer pop in the midst of the bleakest February I’ve ever had the austerity to witness.
“Amanda Knox”, an instrumental space-homage to Alphabeat with throwbacks to early Those Dancing Days, paves a bass-driven path to “The Fave”, which starts with a delicious acoustic intro, has enough New Wave hairspray pedal-tones in the chorus to knock out Robert Smith and enough screechy karaoke vocal hooks to draw in the most dedicated of post-punk influenced popsters. This Cadillac party to the beach sinks into a wall of apathetic, casual bass-noise for the melody-fronted “Into The Sea”, which makes me want to punch a crab whilst grinning like an idiot.
“Get drunk and fuck forever” is the hauntingly cheerful back-lyric to “Only Fooling” with its swaying nods to latter-day Jam sped up forward into the neon grasp of a ‘90s beach party. Awesome. The rocking out continues well into the night with “Stay Forever”, the likes of which I could bounce around the room to swigging out of a cheap bottle of wine. The mental middle breakdown brings me back to a time I was throwing up dry cider into a bowl in my living room, “Up the Bracket” by The Libertines blasting in my ears. I was 16. It was a fucking good time.
“Suck A Lemon” evolves into more of a lingering soul-gaze, a shimmying riff to the line “You make my heart feel like a stepping stone” breaks off into a dazzling Southern rook. The guy in the dark corner of the afterparty is defiantly listening to “Too Hot in the City” as a way of bragging about his recent tearaway weekend in New York. It’s a Peter, Bjorn & John or Los Campesinos!-level sing-along treat, and the lyrics are just as self-deprecating as the latter.
Male holding hands with female to mourn the night, we have the hangover sink slowly in with “Sunday Sun”, but we are happily reminiscent, the jangly downturn setting us slowly into the passionately bitter “Waste of Time” which is a rebel’s anthem dedicated to the sacred spirit of the weekend. It ends the record tightly and makes me impatient for next weekend. I hunger for more. (9/10)
Review by Sam Gilbert
*HE SAID HEAD SOUTH*
Coo Woo is a band from Wisconsin that have released one of the most fun musical experiences so far this year. They describe themselves as "punk" but their music intersects with a few different genres. I'm inclined to label them as indie pop with a lot of new wave elements, but with tunes this blissful, you don't really need a genre attachment. The instrumentation is bright and paced really well, something that opening track "Amanda Knox" shows off quite a bit. The vocals are a real star as well, with lots of harmonizing and awesome lyrics. Though this thing came out in February, it has summer written all over it. Considering the weather lately, I'd say it's perfect to download right now
*GOLD FLAKE PAINT*
Coo Woo is apparently pronounced as Cool World, fact fans. They come from Milwaukee, but band member Scott Anderson is actually a British import, and there are slight hints of a British influence all the way through their debut album, ‘Love Exposure’. This album comes off the back of a few single and an EP all released last year, and Coo Woo’s debut is made up mainly of these songs. As a band, they manage to be about a million things at once, but the easiest way to describe them is a pop/punk hybrid, even though that description doesn’t really do them justice.
Love Exposure starts as a bang and a crash with the instrumental ‘Amanda Knox’, a fuzzy introduction to what the band are all about. After that, you barely have time to take a breath as the record rushes through its nine songs at breakneck speed. Even though the it’s short and sweet, there’s plenty to love here, but particular highlights include the unrequited love song, ‘Sunday Sun’, and the perfect song to soundtrack the summer, ‘Too Hot In The City’.
When the lyrics “get drunk and fuck forever” are sung on ‘Only Fooling’, it almost feels as if that’s the manifesto of the album. The lyrics can be self-deprecating on occasions, but some tracks can almost be considered as party anthems. They’re fast and short songs, totally in the spirit of punk, but cleverly disguised as pop songs. Coo Woo aren’t a one trick pony, and whilst the tracks do have a similar feel, they do each have a unique identity of their own. For example, ‘The Fave’ with its acoustic intro, and ‘Into The Sea’ see the band embracing their punk edge.
The album wraps things up with the jittery closer, ‘Waste of Time’, and by the time it ends, it feels like the album’s over before it’s even begun. Luckily, the songs are addictive and catchy enough to make you want to listen again immediately. ‘Love Exposure’ sees Coo Woo taking a whole range of very different influences and compressing them all into something that is entirely their own, which is no mean feat at all. It’s not deep and meaningful by anyone’s standards but it’s a hell of a ride.
*SEX BEAT LONDON*
COO WOO released their debut album earlier this month, following a drip of singles and an EP late last year.
The Milwaukee band play sunshine pop with punk sensibilities. Jittering album opener Amanda Knox captures your attention, as much with its glittery guitars as it does that headline grabbing title.
*MUZIC.SE* (SwediCoo Woo är lika nya för mina öron som brittiska EDILS Recordings är för gemene man här i Sverige, även om jag personligen kommit i kontakt med bolaget via deras generöst tilltagna digitala samlingsskivor de med jämna mellanrum pumpar ut. Dock jobbar de ganska mycket även i fysiska format och först ut för i år är skrammelpunkiga Coo Woo, med rötter i Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Relativt omöjliga att finna information om, ens på det där stora världsomspännande internet, får de nio spåren på "Love exposure" tala för sig själva, vilket de med besked också gör. Efter idogt googlande finner jag åtminstone så pass mycket fakta som att Coo Woo består av fem medlemmar och har funnits så kort som sedan i somras. Att bara ett halvår efter bildandet ståta med en, om än utgiven i ganska liten skala, så här pass helgjuten fullängdare är för mig imponerande, och inte är det heller den enklaste treackordspunk kvintetten ägnar sig åt.
Nej, snarare drar jag paralleller till ett mer riffdrivet bob hund, gamla indiehjältarna Dipper, saxofonbaserade noiserockarna Love Is All eller kanske mer allmängiltigt, ett Arcade Fire som tappat kontrollen över sin hastighet i pulkabacken. Lyssna bara på hårdslående "Stay forever", spåret där vokalissan Paulas röst får som mest utrymme, eller inledande instrumentalen "Amanda Knox", och kom sedan och säg att Coo Woo har varken talang eller låtmaterial att räkna med. Nej, jag visste väl att ni inte kunde! Möjligen hade jag önskat en lite fetare ljudbild, inte nödvändigtvis för att kreationer i Coo Woos genre måste (eller ens borde) låta slickt, men min enda invändning mot den oavsett produktionskvalitet blivande niospårsklassikern "Love exposure" är att den helt enkelt låter lite för... lite. Pop-stärkare går ju inte ända upp till elva liksom.
Coo Woo are a sprightly group from Milwaukee whose debut LP, Love Exposure, is a fresh and vital collection of songs. Already the recipients of a good deal of hype in and around music fans and writers, Love Exposure is a solid record that manages to pack a full and satisfying soundscape into a short, sweet package. Imagine a roast dinner inside of a fortune cookie and you’re still miles away from what I’m trying to say.
Things kick off with the razor sharp instrumental Amanda Knox, named after everybody’s favourite official NON-murderer. The juxtaposition of an energetic pop sound with at times macabre lyrics/themes is an element that appears a number of times. Only Fooling contains an almost nihilistic moral; “Get drunk and fuck forever.” Be honest, celibate tee-totallers aside, who can’t support such a philosophy? The album conveys a message of a group of people who are confused by the world, but instead of resorting to aggressive measures, deal with their frustrations in a more palatable way.
Theoretical analysis aside, it’s the irresistibly catchy music that is the lure for listeners. The production is crystal clear, allowing each instrument to collide and complement each other beautifully. Each song is a fast paced affair, none more evident in the relentless Into The Sea. It buzzes and jangles like any good song should.
Love Exposure is an album that only the most maudlin cynic could find an excuse to dislike. If anything, Love Exposure, could well be the perfect soundtrack to the time of year where barbecues reign and the days seem impossibly long and bright.
by Joseph Viney
Coo Woo, pronounce cool world, have released that perfect record to accompany a good mood. Love exposure in its entirety provides fun and harmonious compositions. More importantly each orchestration offers an addictive impression. Tracks you'll need to hear more of; a long lasting perfect and illustrious pop rock creation. Maintaining their punk angst within their lyrics yet mixing lo- fi efforts with racy beats. The indie pop band hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin- have focused on their instrumentation and their complimenting vocals to create a strong effort and one which won't go unnoticed.