Wolf People

Dog Gone Presents

Wolf People

Golden Animals, The Golden Grass

Sun, October 13, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Wolf People
Wolf People
Recorded in a beautiful and isolated house in the Yorkshire Dales, Fain is the sound of a band at the peak of their creative powers. It's an honest and natural album that allows its stories, its melodies, its themes and structures to breathe. The album draws on more traditional English and Scottish folk melodies than anything they've done before, but not straying from the drop-out fuzz-rock route they've made their own, the influences are vast – British rock bands like Groundhogs, Dark, Mighty Baby and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac are evident in the swirling and distorted guitars throughout Fain, along with the 60s revival folk of Fairport Convention, Nic Jones, and Trees. Additionally they have looked towards Scandinavian's rich psychedelic tradition both new and old – you can hear the likes of Mecki Mark Men, Mikael Ramel and contemporaries Dungen. You can even hear the band's teenage forays into Hip-Hop in the drums of 'Thief' and 'Athol'.

It rained constantly throughout the recording process and the house was so packed with gear and recording equipment the band were forced to sleep in tents and caravans parked outside. Whilst performing, they could look out into the vast countryside and catch sight of buzzards, hares, curlews and hundreds upon hundreds of crows and gulls. The fire was on permanently, overnight and throughout the day. A serene experience that informs every track on the album. It was mixed and finished in the equally rainy London, with additional performances from Olivia Chaney on piano and backing vocals, plus Nic Kearey and Rachel Davies of Stick in the Wheel and Various (XL). Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes) recorded backing vocals in Vancouver remotely for All Returns.

As evidenced by the first single "All Returns," Fain is more lyrically focused than anything they've previously recorded.. The song tells the story of a dream Jack Sharp (guitars/vocals) had during which an acquaintance had looked into his eyes and seen into his soul whilst calmly describing his faults and inner demons, a truly cathartic experience. However, says Sharp, his life is largely "too banal" for material and he largely draws upon snapshots of history to furnish him with the ideas for lyrics. Stand out track "Thief" is taken from various stories of highwaymen that had been made famous by broadsheet ballads and plays – the likes of Charles Peace, William Nevison, Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard. He delivers this story in first person, almost as if he is playing the part of a complete degenerate with little or no conscience or morals. As Sharp says, "It's like a form of tourism. You can visit but not live in the mind of an appalling human being. "
Golden Animals
Golden Animals
Picture the Gun Club starring in a Jodorowsky film, or a modern-day Doors with a rhythmically advanced Nico on drums, and you’ll begin to understand the vibrations surrounding Golden Animals. Golden Animals began in 2006 as a collaboration between Baltimore-native songwriter Tommy Eisner and Swedish fashion-model-turned-drummer Linda Beecroft. They have been on their own trip since day one, influenced equally by three years based in the meditative expanse of the Southern California desert and three years submerged in the intoxicating hustle of New York. Musically, in simple terms, they are a song-based band with a large, dense sound achieved with minimal elements, blending rock & roll, blues-pop & post-punk into their own psychedelic sonic texture. The band's new LP, made in Brooklyn with Matt Boynton (MGMT / Kurt Vile), will be out this July. They have recently expanded their sound and are now joined by John Brodeur (The Morning After Girls / Soren Well) on guitar.
The Golden Grass
The Golden Grass
THE GOLDEN GRASS is free-wheelin, good-time rock and roll band. They play a soulful mix of heavy-country-funk-boogie and progressive-psychedelic-freakbeat. Their music is bursting with a feel-good energy, inspiring with an earnest vibe, and classic in a modern time.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com