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Wolf People – Ruins (album review)

by Woody on November 23, 2016

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A.D. 2016 and England is in flux. This bastard island is divided, shot through with doubt and self-loathing, ruled by the feverish egos of passing power hungry-dilettantes, two-bit aristocrats and smiling psychopaths. Swathes of the country have been sold off, paved over, neon-lit. England is at war with itself and this time the enemy is in the mirror. The people require a new narrative, a new soundtrack. They need to feel the pull of history and navigate a new path through the morass of misinformation.

Emerging from the woodlands, riverbanks and the dales like the grizzled ‘green men’ resistance fighters of the post-Norman invasions, the spirit-raising purveyors of pagan folk psyche prog Wolf People return to provide exactly just that.

Fuck yeah!!! That’s the opening two paragraphs of their bio and you could probably say the same thing about our little country as well. So, I figured that if Wolf People were going to save the UK from Brexit; maybe they could help me out with the talking racist Cheeto.

While Ruins might not be able to banish Farage & Trump into obscurity, it does provide a real nice diversion. The concept of the album is nature reclaiming the land. With their heavy prog-folk hooks, you get lost envisioning something akin to that scene in Lord of The Rings when the Ents (the trees) laid a fucking beatdown on Isengard. But this happy feeling comes with a quartet of British fellas unleashing some serious jams.

As I have said in reviews of their previous albums, their music scratches an itch for me. As a 46 y/o that grew up listening to Sabbath, Rush, Tull and Zeppelin; Wolf People tap into that genre without sounding as if their pandering or repetitive. The music sounds fresh and they flat out tear into their songs. The second track, Rhine Sagas finished with a furious chugging fuzzy jam that is so tasty. They even have a three part song, Kingfisher, that is split up throughout the album that digs into their more pastoral side.

I still haven’t seen these guys live and it is on my bucket list. They must blow the doors off of a venue. If you want to get lost in some serious heavy riffs, I suggest you close your eyes, dial up Ruins and enjoy.

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Wolf People announce RUINS – 11/11/16

by Woody on September 15, 2016

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Wolf People, the English folk-prog outfit are back with their third LP for Jagjaguwar. If you’ve listened to them before, you’ll know this song isn’t coming to come out of the speaker all nice and breezy. Its going to leave a mark, the good kind. Here’s some more info on the album from their press release.

Ruins is their new album, and its over-riding theme is that of nature reclaiming the land. The transcendence of life over politics, plants over people. It asks: where are we going and what comes next? If culture is history’s narration, then Wolf People are custodians and conduits; electrified sages, if you will. Through them runs a time-line of a nation rising from bloody glory to existentialist confusion. Yet within Ruins, their album proper, lies a spirit of hope too, it is a reminder that society is no match for the mighty power of music and nature working in perfect symbiosis. Wolf People are time travellers, their tools mythology, history, hauntology, big riffs, bigger beats, electricity.

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Wolf People – Fain [album review]

by Woody on October 21, 2013

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I have reviewed Wolf People a few times before and pleaded with the British quartet to do grace the shores of the US of A. So when they released Fain back in April, I played hard-to-get and didn’t review it. Well it seems to have worked as they are at Lincoln Hall tonight opening up for Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Fain continues Wolf People’s vision of playing a blend of prog-rock and British folk. The flute is liberally worked in throughout the album which again has you reaching for the Jethro Tull reference playbook. While it isn’t hard to figure out what the boys listened to in their formative years, it is nice to hear them putting their own spin on the music.Like previous efforts, most of the tunes clock in at the 5 minute range or better with some intros lasting a minute for Jack Sharp gets around to the vocals. The second track, All Returns, has a great intro that builds slowly and then launches into some wicked guitar work. Like most of their other tunes, it has more twists and turns than a David Lynch movie.

I am stoked to finally see these guys. If they aren’t wearing big old floppy hats from the 70s I am going to be pissed.

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England’s Wolf People is back for their 2nd full length on Jagjaguwar, out on 4.30.13. HearYa has been digging these guys since we first caught wind of them. Influenced by Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac, circa Peter Green, All Returns shows Wolf People at the top of their game.

Shot in their rehearsal space in Caledonian Road in London, the video is Wolf People in performance mode; Says director Phil Poole: “Our main objective for the video was to display the band in its purest form, capturing abstract pieces of performance played out in their stark rehearsal space. Seeing the music played out in this bare, natural state allowed the song to dominate and remain the focus throughout.”

I keep asking for them to come to the US. So far, no luck. Maybe, you all should write to Jagjaguwar and demand them to come over.

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Wolf People’s Steeple, Psych-Rock hatched in a chicken barn [Album Review]

October 27, 2010

England’s Wolf People are back with their first proper LP, Steeple. They actually released a clusterfuck of an album called Tidings (which I liked), but this release is much more accessible. Lead singer Jack Sharp recorded Tidings on his own, but for Steeple he put together a full band and, my God, do they jam. […]

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Wolf People – Tidings [Album Review]

February 19, 2010

Jagjaguwar’s fresh signing is also its first from the UK. Upon first listen it is apparent that Wolf People are not trying to hide from their heritage. Compiled from collection of recordings by lead singer Jack Sharp circa 2005-07, the band is a meaty stew of the music that I grew up on. You’ll hear […]

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