“Like the artists, this music is unconventional, like America without Democrats and Republicans. It starts out like 3 a.m. at a Rainbow Gathering but by the second song explodes like a lyrical riot in an urban moshpit.
Minimalist though popping production is not sponsored by Monsanto, but does the job like a primal scream. The voice of Direwood is the vox populi, contemporary angst for those for whom hypocritical posing cant rate. What greater can one give but the whole self?
The heartfelt can't help but be relevant.
Eddie Riott, 2013”
“PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT WITCHKRAFTWERK
Underground hip hop and dub indie means refusing to be quiet despite any obstacles.
These boys are of my musical family looking to elevate and that's exactly
what they are doing.
We are fucking warriors y'all!- Bernie Larsen, president of Spinout records, chief of Cry On Cue.”
Bernie Larsen is the best
“Yeah man, your work can best be described as unpretentious and heartfelt. What I am listening to here is you speaking truthfully about yourself and life around you, not some made up half cocked drug deal action farce or bitches and hoes bullshit and that is what can best sum up the true value of any real rap or hip hop works as far as I am concerned. But then I am from the old skool of that realm. Brings to mind a mixture of Beasty bravado, Slick Rick wisdom, and some cocky MC Milk Dee thrown in for good measure. Keep it real, i'm sure this speaks to alot of listeners out there who can feel your authenticity at work as do I. Of the two tracks I especially enjoy the loose, rambling piano loop used on the Let It Ride track. Can't wait to hear the album in it's entirety.- RF Pangborn of Meatball Machine.”
“He was followed by rap act Direwood, a strange sight at VC and anything noise related, you might say, but as a hip-hop/psych kid myself, I' love to see more like this: The minimal and blown out beats were perfect, though it was sometimes hard to tell if the hardcore vocals were satirical or not. Either way, in the era of A$AP and Kanye sampling King Crimsom on "Power", we're beyond any sense of mystery at the junction between hip-hop and experimental music.
“What do you know about Direwood?
By: Heavenly Blues
With the release of “White Wrapper” this duo enters their corner, fists up and hood down for the free-for-all brawl. Say no longer to scrapper; you can hear their beats in the streets and all across town like a hidden Siren’s call. Black Tommy lays down his transmuted sliced beats while Lil Mic tears it up screaming rage, philosophy and prophecy
If you can’t say you knew any of these things about Direwood, then you’ve probably never heard of them. You need to sit down and change that. If you have seen Direwood sit down and read on anyway. It’s a comfortable spot, and you might learn something about a couple of white boys from Michigan.
I can hear the dogs barking at me from around the corner as I walk up to Mike Couling’s front door. I enter, and I have to push my way past the puppies before I can even greet the man. They’re happy, and way too big for their own good. We sit down for an interview..”
What Do You Know About White Boys From Michigan
“Direwood is No Joke!- Hal Harmon”
“In this digitized bit torrent world with no longer the possibility of a return on an ass load of work trying to reach some people with some expression, you got a thick line dividing those who do it for cash, and those who do it for soul. these boys been climbing the ladder for a minute now, and upward they go with solid production and honest emotion and if you think that’s easy to come by surf some more. genuine heartfelt flow with purpose, integrity, and dignity. proud to call them family.- Bernie Larsen Spinout Records”
“Brilliant!- Abbi Doyle, U.K. Pop Star.”
— White Boy Day.
“Direwood is some wack ass corny shit made by a couple of crazy white boys from Michigan. It sounds like they grew up on Sesame Street.”
White Boy Day