Chris Batten and the Woods

Chris Batten and the Woods

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Soul infused rock and roll, Chris Batten and the Woods have been gaining fans with an intense live show and great songwriting. The band has been touring up and down the east coast, including bills with current national headlining acts, that brought The Woods in front of audiences as big as 7,000+.

Biography

Playing soul music in the truest aspect of the genre, taken for granted by most and deeply treasured by others; The Woods pride themselves on honest music with an even more honest heart. Taking equal parts Stax inspired blue-eyed soul and the song-comes-first brand of rock and roll that burgeoned from it, they mend a natural, authentic sound that harks back to Otis, Springsteen and Thin Lizzy and mingles in the same back alleys as contemporaries such as Wilco, Counting Crows, and The Hold Steady.

The Woods' latest EP bears the title "If We Never Stop Moving," a lyric from the band's semi-autobiographical song "Lions." However, the title has become more of a battle cry then the mere ending to a verse, as The Woods' short 3+ year existence has seen them put out a string of musical gems that rival the quality and catchiness of those on popular radio today. "I just want to put out music that's timeless" Batten says, "With music, there should be no gap, whether it be
age, time or genre. People will like something if it speaks to them and I want to speak to everyone…to build a relationship with our audience, not just a one night stand".

Batten and the Woods have gone out to support this "relationship" with consistent shows focusing on the tri-state area and a touring history through all major, mid Atlantic markets, playing in front of audiences as big as 7,000+ and opening for national headliners like: Gavin DeGraw, Butch Walker, Dropkick Murphy's, Pete Yorn, Army of Me, Jesse Malin, Dispatch, Nils Lofgren, Soozie Tyrell, John Eddie.

Raised on rock and soul legends, Batten's broad inspirations are showcased in his diverse song writing. Tracks like "Sad Songs" and the aforementioned "Lions" hark back to an era where musical emotion jumped off the speakers and into the listener's heart, while "Doncha Wanna be Doin' (Something New)" is the kind of fast spoken boogie that no one can help but dance to. But it doesn't stop there, on tracks like "Gone For Good" and "The End Of the Line" The Woods pull back to a California breeze that demands the listeners to roll down the windows and put the car in drive, all guided by Batten's steady, powerful vocals. "Ever since I was a kid, I have been obsessed with music. I crave the passion that it brings, but I think that passion has gone missing and the audience has been looking for it." Batten laments "I can only hope that we can do our part in bringing that back….to restore some faith."

The Woods look to the past for an inspiration that delivers music ready to move a new generation and they continue to prove this night after night with live shows that have gotten the adults in the room just as excited as their jaded teenagers. As Batten says, "It's nice to play a show and have a teenage kid AND their father come up and say how much they liked the set. It lets us know that we're succeeding in what we set out to do."

For more info and content visit www.andthewoods.com

PRESS

* Featured on Fearless Music TV, Held the #1 spot on Reverbnation.com for 3 weeks in 2008, regularly charting on Purevolume's soul and blues charts, In regular rotation on many college radio stations, some major stations in the northeast, and many podcasts and internet radio stations.

"...Unsigned? Huh, are you serious? As fate may have it, they overshadow the music of those shoved in our faces every day as "popular" music on the ever-dulling radio stations. Record companies don't know it yet, but they're missing out: There is no denying their surging popularity in the tri-state area..." - The Aquarian Weekly

"...Impressive tonality, engaging lyrics, and pure sweet rock: comforting while still offering a kick to the senses. The Woods have a gift in their vocal lead, a unique and appealing voice that can stand out from the crowd of analogous rock bands and withstand the test of a 60 minute disc..." - IndieInTune.com

"...A nice example of soul music in the truest aspect of the genre - convincing and heavy with feeling..." - AmieStreet.com

"...After the release of their stellar new EP 'If We Never Stop Moving...', they've been true to that motto. They are not about following trends, but about delivering soul laden performances coupled with timeless songwriting..." - The Aquarian

"...They convincingly command the attention of the entire room, and stand as a rare credible musical entity..." - East Coast Rocker

"...Chris Batten and The Woods play a hard-charging, barroom style of bluesy rock, yet have become one of the hottest bands in the post-hardcore and emo-intensified New Brunswick scene..." - Home New Tribune

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Lyrics

Driver

Written By: Chris Batten

While lying awake here, this night has grown long.
So I’m writing to reach you, but memories of you are breaking my thoughts.
This summer is over, and I’m left alone,
And I’m racing to end this but getting over this is taking its toll.

So where were the heights that we were to reach?
And where were the secrets I was to keep?
And where are you driving without any keys?
…Take the long way home to keep us from retreat.

Well, I’m missing you more since days have grown cold,
And I’m wasting my time to dedicate thoughts to you when you’re moving on.
But, I’ll stick with you baby, till your heart runs out,
And clings onto someone who could bring you no more than I ever have.

So where were the heights that we were to reach?
And where were the signs that I was to see?
And where are you driving without any keys?
…Take the long way home to keep us from retreat.

Look up at the sky dear and imagine my smiles,
As being reflected off stars that hanging and lighting your eyes.
Come lay down beside me and feel this ground’s cold,

That’s wilting these roses that are thrown at corpses lying ‘bove their holes
So where were the signs that I was to see?
And where were the sirens that were to ring?
And where are you driving without any keys?
Anything you say, I promise I’ll believe,
…Take the long way home to keep us from retreat.

Gone For Good

Written By: Chris Batten

If it's alright baby,
Could you stay until the morning comes,
And spend this
time with me,
Cause in a moment it could all be gone.

All night, all
night,
Running from the blue sky,
Stretching it out until the well runs
dry.
Goodbye Goodnight,
Call me on your way home,
Steady your driving by the
stereo light.

If it's alright baby,
We'll spending all our time alone.
We
can stay in here,
And just forget about the street below.
Cause it's ok when
you,
Don't remember to pick up your phone,
You can tell your friends,
That
you ain't ever gonna come now (cause),

All night, all night,
Running from
the blue sky,
Stretching it out until the well runs dry.
Goodbye
Goodnight,
Call me on your way home,
Steady your driving by the stereo
light.

I don't mind baby,
I don't mind the rain that's coming on.
Share
this smoke with me,
We'll get high and turn the radio loud.

Like some
rivers that'll flow into the ocean I,
Just wanna be someone who always says my
thoughts out loud.
I don't want to be someone who takes you over I,
Just want
to feel you like a fire feels on cold cold ground.

All night, all
night,
Running from the blue sky,
Stretching it out until the well runs
dry.
Goodbye Goodnight,
Call me on your way home,
Steady your driving by the
stereo light.

Cause then one day, we'll be gone for good.

Sad Songs

Written By: Chris Batten

I remember when the art of romance was more than “take you home”
But
now-a-days it’s like them little girls act like they’re god damn rolling
stones.

The Romeos have gotten bored and,
That went off without a
warning.
But I can’t sleep without you near me,
And I can’t do nothin’ ‘bout
that.
So I keep singing those sweet sad songs of love and devotion that make
me cry.

I remember when the radio was playing all the songs I know,
But
now-a-days it’s like them little boys forgot ‘bout Otis, Cooke and
Moore.

The Romeos have gotten bored and,
That went off without a
warning.
But I can’t sleep without you near me,
And I can’t do nothin’ ‘bout
that.
So I keep singing those sweet sad songs of love and devotion that make
me cry.

Just take a second, look me over awhile,
Then you’ll come crawling
by the light of the day.
Cause I keep lookin’ for a,
New girl who’s
gonna,
Say “you’re the one for me” (that’s all he wants to hear)
And baby
don’t you wanna feel it?

The Romeos have gotten bored and,
That went off
without a warning.
But I can’t sleep without you near me,
And I can’t do
nothin’ ‘bout that.
So I keep singing those sweet sad songs of love and
devotion that make me cry.

Discography

Chris Batten and the Woods - "If We Never Stop Moving...ep" (released 11/07)
Chris Batten and the Woods - "On The Banks of the old Raritan EP" (released 9/07)
Chris Batten and the Woods - 5-song demo (released 10/05)
Chris Batten and the Woods - self titled ep (released 04/04)

- FOX'S Fearless Music TV featured a live performance of "Swagger" and after being voted back, the following week "A Little More Time" was aired.
- "Swagger" and "Driver" featured on Rutgers' WRSU
- "Sad Songs" in rotation on many NJ and NYC radio stations.
- "Driver" featured on Independent Music Explosion, streaming radio
- "Driver" featured on Wondermore Records Compilation
- "Swagger" featured on Upstage Magazine's "Come Back to the Jersey Shore Vol. 1" Compilation

Set List

Recent Set List from one of our succesful TCB Dance Parties in New Brunswick, NJ

(Doncha Wanna Be Doin) Something New
Sad Songs
The Beat Goes On
Old Soul Station
Swagger
Shake (Sam Cooke cover)
Riot In The Streets
Hand Me Downs
Rifle (Chris on Rhodes)
Carry You (Chris on Rhodes)
Lions

Our sets range from 30 min to almost two hours, depending on the type of show. Lately they have been about an hour+.