Photo Credit: Robin Ervolina
Whether it’s a local venue, town hall, arena or festival, these four young men from Southern California will break you off till you’re breathless (with music that is). I’m talking about the up and coming, gritty-grindy, angry blues of Joyous Wolf.
A few weeks ago a joint called Fish Head Cantina in Halethorpe, MD, known for their party rooms and live entertainment, was shakin and a-quakin in its concrete boots. Joyous Wolf had jumped off their festival run to wind us up and strip us down with an evening full of swagalicious scratch-it-till-it-bleeds-blues. If you’re a lover of heady angst, you’ll love JW. If you’re a rocker at heart, then you’ll definitely get down with JW. Performing songs off their yet to be released album Enigma, due somewhere around the early spring of 2018, vocalist Nick Reese, guitarist Blake Allard, bassist Greg Braccio and drummer Robert Sodaro laid themselves bare on that stage like it was the most important moment of their careers. When you see that kind of passion pour out before you, you feel every feeling, thought and intention that is threaded into each song.
Songs like “Turning Blue,” and “Seven” both seem like they come from emotional places rooted deeper than you could imagine these young talented guys could fathom. Two more radio-worthy songs they offered up were”Sleep Weep Stomp” and “Mountain Man.” If those two don’t get your mojo going, you better check your pulse. Those powerfully hungry beats and insane riffs by Blake and Robert combined with Greg’s compelling rhythms, make for total epicness when shaken up with Nick’s rogue and raw vocals. It’s angry, it’s soulful and penetratingly colourful, while it breathes you in and spits you back out.
After discovering them on YouTube and interviewing them at Louder Than Life early last month, they quickly became my new favorite band. Upon returning home to do more research, I noticed JW were coming my way and I had to be there to see them play live. Happy to write a review and have some small part in exposing them to as many people as I can reach, I really just couldn’t wait to hear my favorite song “Turning Blue” played in real time. So my opinion is this, and I’m always right, Joyous Wolf has everything they need inside of them to be a headlining tours, selling out crowds and making albums for years to come. Lyrically, vocally and instrumentally they are unique and unmatched in their sound and whether you see them on YouTube or on a stage somewhere, I guarantee you won’t find anyone else like them. Forget all the fancy words to describe them and their music, just listen and watch them the next opportunity you have. You will know just what I mean when I say “captivating.”
Written By: TIFFANY MITCHELL
Interview With Joyous Wolf
Joyous Wolf- Turning Blue
Sleep Weep Stomp