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Catwalks In The Coliseum

by The Wood Floors

a sprawling 2 record set on one compact disc that goes from acoustic songs to post punk eruptions. The Wood Floors Magnum Opus.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Write Me
2:36 album only
2. Never Say Die
2:09 album only
3. Hold On To Your Love
1:56 album only
4. Dancing Girls
2:33 album only
5. Got It Wrong
1:49 album only
6. Excuses And Opinions
2:30 album only
7. You Deserve A Fond Farewell
4:00 album only
8. For You (this song)
5:09 album only
9. Hide From Ones You Love
1:56 album only
10. For You
2:45 album only
11. For The Lies
2:12 album only
12. Being Who We Are
2:29 album only
13. Birth Of A Ladies Man
5:12 album only
14. Words
3:09 album only
15. Signals
2:58 album only
16. When She Dreams
4:26 album only
17. $20 Coat
2:04 album only
18. Two Lost Dogs
4:04 album only
19. Summer Moon
3:21 album only
20. Believe
3:36 album only
21. The Public Eye
5:08 album only
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Album Notes

According to drummer Eric Scheiner: “The first time I spoke to Chris Howe, I eyed him the same way a person would a snake trying to decide if it was venomous. It was the right gaze to give. I think at the time maybe he was.”

It was the mid 1990’s, and these two snakes would soon be charmed by music, intoxicating themselves with the sights and sounds of the Boston/New England music scene of the time. Performing on and off again in various bands for half of that decade.

Then in 2003, after some time apart, singer/songwriter Howe and Scheiner decided to get together again and try something completely different. The concept was The Wood Floors. A band that would attempt to capture the energy of creation, by writing and recording on the spot. They started with an album called “The Bitter End” and moved quickly onto “Cursory Interest”, “Violence” and “Knowing Girls”. These albums featured big hooks, catchy melodies, and lyrics about women who could make you feel weak in the knees, or simply take you down and out at the same location. At this time they were also playing live as well. Having adopted the stage names of James Jennison and Buzz Halliday they played with a variety of bassists, and went on to record the more polished and rehearsed “For Rodriguez”, “Girls Inc.” and “Divorce Sale” between 2004 and 2005.

Their previous releases had gained them a cult following, and a local buzz. In 2006, they went back to the spur of the moment writing style and their real names, with “Every Act Of Pleasure” and quickly followed it up with the double album “Catwalks in the Coliseum”, before moving onto the cinematic LP “Enfant Terrible”. Women and the darker elements of relationships have remained constant themes throughout.

Adding new power and dynamics to their sound in ’06 are bass player Nick Poulin and rhythm guitarist Nick Blanchette. “The line-up and sound of The Wood Floors has never been better”, says Howe.

The Wood Floors’ sound embraces a wide spectrum of influences and ideas, but reaction to it is always similar: “The powerful sort of bad magic you are looking for, that much is certain.” (The Noise 6/2/04), “catchy” with “dark undertones” (HippoPress 8/2/04), and “Essential, thoughtful, brilliant pop music.” (Echo 4/7/06)

With 10 recordings in three years The Wood Floors have tasted from a rare fruit in the music industry, creative proliferation. “The problem with the Floors' mounting cannon is not qualitative, but a question of how to approach such a prolific entity.” (Echo 4/7/06)
A problem that is easily solved with an attentive ear, a damaged heart, and a thirsty soul. Turn up the Floors and drink your fill.

The Wood Floors Magnum Opus, a sprawling 2 record set on 1 compact disc. Catwalks In The Coliseum consists of 21 songs that range from the aggressive tones of Hold on to your love, the sparse Two lost dogs, and ends with the sullen The public eye. After 8 CD’s that’s running times were right around 40 minutes, Catwalks clock in at just under 80 minutes.
Chris Howe manages to bring the Floors’ music to new heights with a track list that runs the gamut of tones. One minute you’re assaulted with feedback and distortion, and the very next you get just an acoustic guitar and vocal, and that is its magic. Just when you are ready to pigeon hole the Floors’ music as one thing, they turn around and deliver an album that truly is broad in its scope.
Finally, it is safe to say that Catwalk In The Coliseum is easily the Floors’ crowning achievement. If you are new to Floors’ and want a starting point, here it is. If you have been a fan of the Floors for a while, then you’re in for a treat with Catwalks. Since 2003, The Wood Floors have released 9 albums containing 117 songs, with another release of original material on its way!

2003 - The Bitter End
2003 - Cursory Interest
2003 - Violence
2004 - Knowing Girls
2004 - For Rodriguez
2004 - Girls Inc.
2006 - Divorce Sale
2006 - Every Act Of Pleasure
2006 - Catwalks In The Coliseum

coming soon....
The Best Of The Wood Floors
Enfant Terrible



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I've only downloaded clips. Haven't bought the whole thing yet. But from what I've heard and based on the other albums these guys are frickin amazing!


derilict in your duties, a&r men

In the 60's and 70's, now glorified icons like the Beach Boys and the Beatles churned out two albums, on average, a year. Since then, the modern touring band has struggled to push a new decent release every two or three years. In contrast to the hellishly marketed majors, The Wood Floors have dropped nine albums in three years, ostensibly as a part-time project. The problem with the Floors' mounting cannon is not qualitative, but a question of how to approach such a prolific entity.

Many define their lives by the music they listen to. Chris Howe defines his by the music he creates. Yes, he is prolific, but that is irrelevant. Catwalks is vintage Floors, choc-full of catchy hooks, intelligent lyrics, and insight. The Floors' world is a world of material aesthetic, of male insecurity and the soaring power of female sexuality. Howe's protagonists are the girls who know they can cripple men with barely a look. He rails for and against these girls. Howe puts a mirror to the face of pop culture, but realises he is still trapped in its cage. His off-kilter delivery and songwriting approach is reminiscent of Dylan, Dulli, Damon Albarn, and Robin Auld all at once.

There is a lot of mediocrity in the northeast scene, a lot of mediocrity getting a lot of play. Here is an artist who walks the walk, and doesn't say a single thing about it.

Essential, thoughtful, brilliant pop music. Must have.

Alex Stangl

Hooked -
With the first track, "Write Me" ,I was hooked. Now collecting all The Wood Floors' releases. "Catwalks In The Coliseum" should be everywhere. ~AS~


Very nice!
A band with lots of good ideas, their prolific output is nearly on the scale of Robert Pollard / Guided by Voices. Will be even better if they focus on elaborating their best material.


The cd I return to the most!
This is one of the most personal, passionate, and disturbing cds I own. There is something that brings me back to this cd time and time again. I bought this based on the other reviews on the site and decided I'd take a shot on it though I wasn't sold on the samples. This cd really needs to be heard as a whole. Not much to say... this ranks with the very best indie rock i own.