Exclusive Song Premiere: ‘Bear,’ Grace Woodroofe

Published September 30, 2011

 

GRACE WOODROOFE. PHOTO COURTESY OF BEN SULLIVAN

Australian native Grace Woodroofe has toured with indie stars like Cat Power and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, but her debut album Always Want already has the distinct sound of a seasoned pro. In the public since she was sixteen, Woodroofe’s collaboration on the album with Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Carlos Nino (Dublab Collective), Justin Medal-Johnsen (NIN, Gnarls Barkley) gives Always Want polish that retains a rock star edge.

The album’s first single, “Bear” has plenty of attitude. Drums and guitar build up adrenaline in the first seconds of the track, only to pause briefly before Woodroofe’s gritty vocals (an angrier Cat Power, a happier Le Tigre—take your pick) kick in along with a driving bass, declaring in the bridge that she’ll “have to hunt and kill you.” The lyrics are clever (“I’m on a sugar comedown”), but her constant refrain of “Don’t get too close” isn’t enough, because you’ll put this song on repeat soon enough.

ALWAYS WANT IS OUT NOW. GRACE WOODROOFE WILL PLAY TERMINAL 5 TOMORROW NIGHT. FOR MORE ON THE ARTIST, VISIT HER WEBSITE.