CMW Questionnaires: Woodhands and The Darcys
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CMW Questionnaires: Woodhands and The Darcys

Each day during Canadian Music Week, Torontoist is tracking down one of the festival’s performers and hounding them about their show(s) and the city on your behalf.

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Photo of Dan Werb and his little skull pal by Nicole Kibert.


Who: Woodhands
From: Toronto, ON


Woodhands is electrifying and hypnotizing and even if you can’t get down with their particular brand of electro-thrash, they will woo you with their funny-guy charms. Watch.
Torontoist: Why should we see you at CMW?
Woodhands: Because we’ll touch you.
What’s your favourite Toronto venue, and why?
Shows at the Music Gallery always feel pretty special. I like that the venue can impact a show so deeply.
What’s your favourite Toronto band, and why?
Hooded Fang writes the catchiest songs in the world.
What are you excited about seeing and adamant about avoiding at CMW?
I’m excited to see the Constantines at the Indie Awards; I’ve never seen them live before. I’m avoiding the LAME-Os.
What are the best and worst things about big, city-wide music festivals?
The best thing is that there’s something awesome happening every single minute. The worst thing is that you’ll probably miss a lot of it no matter what.
What’s happening for the group after CMW?
SXSW!
Woodhands play tonight, Thursday, March 11 at the Opera House with Saukrates and K-OS.

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The Darcys get spooky. Photo courtesy of The Darcys.


Who: The Darcys
From: Toronto, ON
The Darcys might be your new favourite nu-gazers, you just don’t know it yet.
Torontoist: Why should we see you at CMW?
The Darcys (drummer Wes Marskell): Because we are boozy, barefaced, and fortissimo.
What’s your favourite Toronto venue, and why?
I really do like the El Mocambo, and not just because we are playing there [tonight]. It is a great size of room and we seem to always be blessed with a good sound guy when we play there. That said, we are playing Lee’s Palace for the first time [soon] and that could very well change everything.
What’s your favourite Toronto band, and why?
Do Make Say Think. Growing up in Toronto, and forming a Toronto-based band, I think no other single band has had a larger effect on us musically. For a group of ten-plus members, they still somehow manage to convey a formidable dynamic and groove both live and on record. They can be as quiet as a whisper or earth-shatteringly loud.
What are you excited about seeing and adamant about avoiding at CMW?
I think with the lineup shift, and each member’s newly acquired responsibilities [vocalist Kirby Best is no longer with the band, and guitarist Jason Couse is now up front], we are trying to avoid any major hiccups; our Audioblood showcase is the first live set we will be playing as the new band. It is an unveiling of sorts. I have a lot of confidence in our ability, but there are always the introductory nerves that come with new endeavors and the ten minutes it takes to shake them off. I think I am going to buy a bottle of Jameson to help curb anxiety.
What are the best and worst things about big, city-wide music festivals?
I think both the best and worst thing about city-wide festivals is the sheer number of people that can show up at any given venue. There’s nothing better than playing to a full house, but sometimes that means people that make a special trip to your showcase don’t get in. Or core fans line up and end up missing some of your show. I remember playing a set in the washroom of the Calgary legion because a group of people that drove an hour to see us at Sled Island couldn’t get into the venue. That said, I think Canada’s many city-wide festivals do a world of good for music-goers and performers. It allows bands to play to new audiences and music-goers to expand their horizons with bands they may otherwise not have seen.
What’s happening for the band after CMW?
CMW is really the beginning of a lot of things for us. We are gearing up for a coast-to-coast tour that spans the entire month of May, which means working out the kinks of the new lineup. We have also started work on what I am affectionately calling a “Video EP.” But most of our efforts are currently focused on the release of our new album, Young Believers, which was produced by Murray Lightburn of The Dears.
The Darcys play The Elmocambo tonight, Thursday March 11, and at Sneaky Dee’s on Saturday, March 13.

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