A second album is underway. More musicians have joined Chop Wood. We're now with five. In may we went into the woods for 8 days of new recordings. Things are expanding and moving.

Chop Wood started as a solo project by Odilo Girod. A debut album was recorded in Berlin as part of the in a cabin with project. You can download the whole album for free at the in a cabin with site or buy the deluxe cd sleeve online at inacabinwith.com.




Coming Up

> Tuesday behind the bar: a little live show at De Nieuwe Anita in Amsterdam. 22:30

Nwe Anita:
> We play a few songs at De Bonte Avond in
the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam

Lloyd Hotel:

> Chop Wood was playing a live soundtrack with the google streetview project #Alleman by Bert Hana. The show premiered at the IDFA and
the tour finished with a show at the EYE filmmuseum in Amsterdam.


past tour dates:    

The past years Chop Wood toured in Canada, China and Russia and also played at EUROSONIC Festival / OEROL festival.


Onder invloed

The Onder invloed book release night at EKKO. Chop Wood played a new song and a Radiohead cover (Pyramid song). Visit the book website.


Empires Decline

Visualizing the decline of the largest maritime empires of the 19 and 20th centuries.
An beautiful animation made by Pedro M. Cruz. Music by Chop Wood.
Advice: Watch this video enlarged on vimeo for full visual satisfaction.


Bag bugs

A special look at the life cycle of the wool and ecologically tanned leather bags designed by Elvira Vroomen. Directed by Andre Maat. Music by Chop Wood



Chop Wood played a set of new songs at Geen woorden maar daden festival in Utrecht on 22-10-2011.



For those with a Spotify account. Chop Wood made a spotify playlist for Strangelove, sharing some of his influences and musical indulgences. There's also a whole bunch of other nice playlists!



Famous Dutch sax player Benjamin Herman joined us at the end of the gig that we played at the In a cabin with houseparty wich was held in a rough farm at the dutch urban countryside.

Chop Wood birds eye view



Odilo joined Happy Camper, a collection of songs by Job Roggeveen sung by different artists. A very nice little project resulting in a great album! A handful of special shows are played around Holland this year, among them Lowlands festival. One more show is coming up in Amsterdam/Paradiso december 23, 2011.


. dec 2010

This last december we returned to Russia for gigs in Moscow and Kostroma.
A big thanks to everyone who supported us. We had a great time and hope to be back soon!





Reyn produced 2 of our Coparck albums. He asked me to do a Reyn vs session a few months ago.



In august 2010 Chop Wood played in China in Beijing/Songzhuang together with Neonbelle. Unfortunately our gig in Shanghai was cancelled.


OEROL 2010

From june 11 till june 2o Chop Wood played the famous Oerol festival on the Island of Terschelling, building on last years Parade performance. A parking garage was our playground for 10 days. The production was by Paradiso Melkweg productiehuis.

Here's some more info and pics of our Oerol trip.



From may 20 till may 29 Chop Wood was touring through Canada together with 2 other in a cabin with bands: Neonbelle and Stan Diego. It was awesome, we visited Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto. In The Canteen in Ottawa we did a 'bands undone' session:

More footage and tour compilations can be found at the in a cabin with Canada page



In september 2009 Chop Wood visited the Russian capital playing at the infamous AKTOVY ZAL. We had a few amazing days!

Maarten Besseling, Martijn Grootendorst, Finn Kruyning and Jelte Heringa

The ending of the last song of our Moscow gig

Check some more Moscow pics here.



In may 2008 Chop Wood went to Berlin with producer Maarten Besseling to record his first album in Kunsthaus Tacheles. Several musicians came round to participate like Jelte Heringa (Most unpleasant men, Neonbelle), Finn Kruyning (Moss) and Insa Rudolph. Check more pics at the making of blog.

Jelte Heringa, Odilo Girod and Maarten Besseling

More pictures at:
> the Berlin blog
> Pictures and Biography

More info
> Videos
> The Moscow trip
> The Parade shows
> Contact

The 13 songs on this first album were recorded in Berlin in may 2008, in a temporary makeshift studio in a room at the art-squat Kunsthaus Tacheles. Several musicians came round to participate like Jelte Heringa (Most unpleasant men, Neonbelle), Finn Kruyning (Moss) and Insa Rudolph.




Chop Wood is a genre defying solo project by former Coparck frontman Odilo Girod. His guitarless debut album is a mix of electronic and acoustic songs written mostly at night due to his sleeplessnes and insomnia. A diverse batch of eclectic atmospheres sparked with sweet caustic electricity, multi layered vocals and insomniatic lyrics. Songs that never sleep.

A debut album was recorded in Berlin in 2008 as part of the in a cabin with project.

In 2009 Chop Wood played 50 live shows at the travelling festival ‘DE PARADE’, did a gig in Moscow, supported Jamie Lidell and hit venues like the Paradiso and the Melkweg in Amsterdam.

2010 brought a Canadian Tour in May, playing for 10 days at the Dutch OEROL festival, and performing in China and Russia.



Chop Wood is live assisted by sweet Finn Kruyning on drums, loveable Jelte Heringa on keys, dark horse Laurens Radstake on guitar and the eclectic Nana Effah Bekoe on Bass.



In the summer of 2009 Chop Wood was seen live, playing and performing at the Dutch PARADE festival in Amsterdam and Utrecht. More info about this PARADE project

A lot of guest musicians came round to play with us at the Parade. Seen here, inbetween shows, David Pino (left) and Jelle Paulusma (middle).






Sitedesign by Odilo Girod. Thanks to inacabinwith & Paradiso Melkweg Productiehuis.