A good number of bands that have released material on Woodsist have gone on to big things. Home to an early Wavves album, as well as material from Real Estate, Ducktails, Beach Fossils, Vivian Girls, Blank Dogs, Thee Oh Sees, and obviously Woods themselves, the label has provided a suitable launching pad or stopping point along the paths to indie success for many a young band. It’s a wonder then, that Tim Presley’s White Fence project, which to date has two LPs out on Woodsist, hasn’t garnered a similar type of success. It’s not that the quality wasn’t there, both his 2010 self-titled release and last year’s Is Growing Faith, provided a brand of sun blistered sixties rock not too unfamiliar to fans of the label.
Tape experimenting aside, Is Growing Faith showed some incredible songwriting promise in tracks like opener “And By Always,” and we now have a song capitalizing fully on that promise. Coming out of the gate like a stilted version of the Rolling Stones, Presley rambles his way — both lyrically and musically — through two and a half minutes of guitar bends and distorted drums that wouldn’t seem too out of place on a Ty Segall album. It’s pure basement rock coolness. Presley himself has to know that he doesn’t have the inborn coolness of a Mick Jagger type, but he imitates it well enough here. It’s a slacker rock approximation the music of years long past, but its more than enough to build excitement for his double album, Family Perfume, coming on April 3rd as well as his collaborative effort with Segall coming a few weeks later.