Floodwood: This is Life
A collaboration between members of moe. and Wooden Spoon, Floodwood’s debut album conjures visions of warmer times dancing in dusty fields at summer music festivals. Old-timey bluegrass fans should handle this record with care, as it starts fast and rarely lets up. From the opening notes of “North Country Winds,” moe. guitarist Al Schnier and drummer Vinnie Amico flex the muscle that drives their primary band. Size doesn’t matter on This Is Life— Schnier, Amico, Jason Barady, Nick Piccininni and Zachary Fleitz provide string improvisation throughout, despite the longest song (“Caught”), which clocks in at just more than five minutes. Listen to this record with a nice set of headphones, or blast it from your front porch at the next family barbeque. Either way, Floodwood makes it work.