Steeple Chase

13 Oct

New WOLF PEOPLE album entitled Steeple (Jagjagwar, 2010) is out, and oooooohh my lord is it great. These guys really are the living breathing writhing snake that connects Richard Thompson’s FAIRPORT CONVENTION with Spirit of ’76-era SPIRIT and on through TELEVISION’s Marquee Moon, only with a harder rocking core than any of those wimps ever mustered. And they do it in a manner that’ll make the most complete and perfect sense to even those unfamiliar with all this rock n roll history I’m continually dredging up! They have been the soundtrack to my life the last few years here in London; they can write, they can play, they can rock – and dammit if they ain’t got soul. Unfuckingreal.

Can’t wait to see em do it live at The Lexington on the 20th. No doubt this will be my last gig I’ll catch of theirs for a while, as we’re moving up to York – Hitting The North, so to speak – in nearly a month’s time. If you’re in London or the vicinity, do come down, say hi, and wish us luck with the move. And, for a few moments, bask in what it’s really all about, musically speaking.

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8 Responses to “Steeple Chase”

  1. J.M.B. October 14, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Can´t wait to listen to this record!

    • mrowster October 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

      J.M.B.: Favorite WOLF PEOPLE gig was seeing them open for and blow away bigger names GRAVEYARD and WITCHCRAFT in 2009 . . . as their set continued, gradually every Swede rockstar/roadie/groupie emptied the dressing room to come out on the floor and watch WP, in awe. It was beautiful.

  2. Max D. October 18, 2010 at 12:16 am #

    Just got it. Gonna brighten my Monday, I bet. Be sure to give us a post-gig report.

  3. mrowster October 18, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Max you’re gonna love this record, and no doubt be the first guy in Hong Kong to hear it

    • Max D. October 21, 2010 at 4:49 am #

      You were right. I love it. Favorites: Castle Keep, One by One…, Painted Cross. How was the show? Wish I could have come along!

  4. Mark October 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Mike, thanks for the tip. I grabbed this one yesterday. Great stuff! Glad to hear the flute in a Rock context, first time since Alter-Natives, I think. I mean that with no irony. Wish these guys would have had a show in London a few weeks ago. I guess I’ll have to check them out when they get to the Hemlock Tavern.

    • mrowster October 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

      Glad you’re listening too. Yes for better/worse the flautist bailed last year, but this departure served only to bump their gtr game up to a glorious new level. I hope they make it out to California – Americans are gonna understand em in a way more intuitive, immediate way than these jaded Londoners they usually play to do.

      Great to finally meet you and Melissa – only wish we could’ve hung out longer!

  5. Mark October 26, 2010 at 1:18 am #

    Castle Keep is a JAM!

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