Dresden Woods is a post-punk band formed in San Antonio, Texas in 2015. The band released a self-titled album Dresden Woods in 2020 and are back with another full-length entitled Misanthropic Moon. They state: “Our second album Misanthropic Moon marks a few new developments for the band. For instance, Shen (formerly Vitold Buzinsky) takes up lyrical and vocal duties on some tracks.”
The album is full of post-punk inspired tunes. There definitely seems to be a good amount of influence from Joy Division. On that note, they twist things up on occasion which makes the music feel novel and fresh. They do stick to the gloomy and goth oriented themes that make the genre what it is.
They get moving with “Waves II'' and find a solid groove to start things off. The bass sticks to mostly root notes as the reverb laced guitars loom in the background. Shen establishes the theme quickly by singing “It's good here. / Solitude and nothing but. / The outside fraught with ill meaning.”
They amp things up with “Achilles Heel” which is more intense than your average post-punk song. It moves into the hardcore genre at times and I also thought some of the unique bass work helped make the song feel original.
“Bare Limbs” is another solid song which starts to solidify their sound. There are traces of shoegaze on this song on top at points. The guitars create a canvas of distortion and white noise which adds to the dark qualities.
“Onyx” has a hint of new wave which I thought worked really well, while “Pointless” creates a good amount of space for the nihilistic vocals to come through. There’s a good amount of movement on “Nightscape” and I was again impressed by the bass work. “Alone” is deceptively catchy at points and the band Interpol came to mind here. “Cold’ and “Soju” both have solid grooves. The drums on “Soju” were incredibly fast. Kudos. “Falling” is almost relaxing in comparison. They close with “Misanthropic Moon” which is arguably the most single-worthy song.
The band sticks to criteria that make post-punk appealing in the first place. I thought the songs were well written and delivered and fans of the genre should appreciate this.
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