It's an elaborate title for what Third Outing is calling the greatest acoustic guitar Hip Hop/DIYer since probably...well since ever. The great pineapple yielding Richie Woods has just released his first big record Wow Cool, so Third Outing took the time to find out more about this new original cool. Take it away Richie...
Thematically in the album, the pineapple represents 'happiness' or some version of that. In the song Pineapple Slush I'm relearning how to be happy again, but easing into it..."I just want a little, I don't want too much"...the pineapple is my favourite fruit. Also I am a quarter Hawaiian and spent a good part of my childhood there with my grandfather so as a symbol it has a strangely nostalgic meaning to me.
Richie's Inspiration and Perfect Life
I don't typically seek out inspiration for music. I take feelings and situations from my life and try to build an atmosphere around them; usually slightly distorted and disoriented. I think about colours a lot. Right now the perfect life would probably be living on the Oregon coast with some dogs. Not working, just making music. At the same time I want to be Kanye West or Frankie Cosmos, wow!
"Yes. Here I am a true Genius, been damned to Hell.
I love you all I hope you never change".
My cat is usually close, laying on an amp or keyboard. Empty beer cans gloriously scattered on the carpet, lots of books and drawings laying around. I usually put on a red lamp on and have some VHS tape playing on mute. It sounds really suspicious but it works for me.
I was up recording until about 4am and my friend Christian was sampling this haunted house record I found. I fell asleep on the couch with my cat. Christian woke me up because they needed a ride home. We drove over this bridge and decided to park the car and see the sun rise over the bridge. The cops parked near us and told us not to jump. We took pictures and we drove west, and found an enormous graveyard scattered over grassy hills. The sky was turning purple and I sent a picture of it to my girlfriend. I dropped my friend off and drove home as the sun was still coming up. A song by R. L. Kelly was playing in my car and the sky was turning from red to blue. I got home and the morning light was coming through the blinds. I drank some beer and fell asleep watching the hit American Television show Friends.
Richie Woods' music is frightfully simple it makes you kick yourself. How can something so simple sound so good? It's more annoying that it truly takes a genius to come up with such sounds, motifs, and witticisms. Richie Woods' Wow Cool is exactly that, seriously cool. It's a mash up hybrid style of Hip Hop, DIY, Indie and everything Electronic. But it works because of one underlying factor; Richie's voice. It's a low haunting tone which effortlessly rolls off line after line. From it's introduction on the album in Thanks Dad it remains enchanting throughout. Here Richie sings "Crawl out of every bar in Old Town: catharsis/I only smoke when I drink it down: cigarettes/Here's Johnny, I'm running away from my Daddy/Hey Mommy, it's Richie. What happened to daddy"? Is this what Tom Waits would have been had he been born 50 years later?
Though slow paced and relaxed, the album builds momentum as each track comes to light. There are stand outs throughout the record, from the smoke anthem Tutleneck, to I'm Yr Dog, Witchy Punk and Wendy, tracks which have already found Richie considerable success online. It is the latter which strikes us as one of the most interesting sounds on the record. Explained by Woods himself as a "kind of a fucked up love song about drunk calling your ex", it is a rare mixture of DIY ethos blended with Hip Hop chorus. It's original sounds like this which make Richie Woods stand out.