Wolf People are: Jack Sharp (guitar, vocals), Joe Hollick (guitar), Dan Davies (bass) and Tom Watt (drums) and have released four albums to date earning a fervent following from discerning record collectors, heads and folkies alike.
With the release in 2013 of their critically acclaimed Fain LP and their first North American tour with Jagjaguwar label-mates Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wolf People have cemented their reputation as a unique and formidable psych-rock band with the ability to enthrall and hypnotise record buyers and audiences alike. They have gigged extensively over the last few years, including shows with Tame Impala, Mudhoney, Dungen, Black Mountain, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dinosaur Jr, Tinariwen, Witchcraft, Malcolm Mooney and Besnard Lakes, nurturing a reputation for blistering and immersive live performances.
The Portland Mercury described them as “one of the best rock bands in the world” following their performance at legendary Pickathon festival in Oregon.
Wolf People Influences come in all shapes, size, contours and hues: the discovery of proto Sabbath/Zeppelin Scottish band Iron Claw, the lesser known landscapes of rural Bedfordshire, backstage Taekwondo stretches (bassist Dan Davies is an instructor), Scandinavian psychedelia, fleeting rural epiphanies, Dungen, Trees, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, a group holiday on a remote Finnish island, the head of their label flipping out after seeing them play in Bloomington, Indiana and insisting it was time they made their Back In Black.
The last album ‘Ruins’ in 2016 is the bands finest moment yet, 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 timeline 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.
Consider Wolf People as aural archaeologists then, or human sound mirrors receiving signals from the ghosts that rest in the fertile soil of Albion.
Their sonic visions are Arcadian, their music joining the dots between reverie-inducing rural landscapes and the hard-riffing rock birthed in England’s industrial towns. They marry north and south, country and city, the archaic and the modern. They are Fairport Unconventional. The 13th Floor Escalators. They are Blake Sabbath. “Not having a shared local pub or common place of residence means we draw on all sorts of physical influences,”
says Hollick, “We’re not channelling urban oppression, yet have always been intent on having an English sound. When I first met Jack I was struck by someone who was writing songs that described my own childhood, even though they grew up at the other end of the country.”
Come and listen to a very special band joined by a very special guest RIENE FISKE guitarist of DUNGEN for what will be a very special show!