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DeWolff return with their new album, Wolffpack, released on 5th February 2021 via Mascot Records.

DeWolff, the kaleidoscopic warriors were not long into their 2019 Tascam Tapes European Tour when the Covid19 pandemic broke and they, like so many others, had to turn back and head home. They started working on the new album Wolffpack.

The album kicks off with the first song they finished, the soulful psychedelic funk of “Yes You Do,” featuring Ian Peres and longtime friend of the band, Judy Blank. “We wrote it in a Zoom meeting!” Pablo says. “Treasure City Moonchild,” struts in with a funky swagger and Piso’s trademark swirling Hammond, with Dawn Brothers’ Levis Vis providing some Bass juice. “Do Me,” includes Theo Lawrence on vocals and is through the eyes of an anti-hero who realizes he isn’t worthy of the woman of his dreams, and dates back to 2019 and the Next of Kin live show. “I consider this the best song I ever wrote, so I couldn’t stand the idea that it was only used for those Next of Kin shows and then never again! That’s why I brought it to DeWolff, but it needed some rearranging,” he says. Another song from the Next of Kin sessions was “Sweet Loretta” and features Dawn Brothers’ Stefan Wolfs and Darilyn’s Diwa Meijman. “Loretta is the protagonist’s childhood sweetheart. She has a rich dad, but he’s really conservative, and so she can only inherit his money if she marries a man. But she’s lesbian. So, the protagonist, who’s also out for this old guy’s money, suggests they play pretend and marry so they can split the money.”

They sweep through disco on “Half Your Love,” swamp rock on “Bona Fide” and take on sci-fi and the Old Testament on “RU My Savior.” Their tour buddies The Grand East show up on “Roll Up the Rise.” Written in the first days of quarantine, it’s about the end of the quarantine – told from a future perspective. “Lady J,” came after Pablo watched the documentary “13th.” “I was quite shaken up by it,” he admits. “The lyrics are based on the idea that Lady Justice seems to have a scale that doesn’t measure the “weight” of your crime but the tone of your skin. She is supposed to be blindfolded, but the people who act in “her” name aren’t blind at all: they discriminate between white and black.”

The album ends with the forlorn “Hope Train.” Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead about two slaves in the US during the 19th century, who make a bid for freedom from their Georgia plantation. “I found it really hard to envision the world in which it takes place,” he says. The band used a 1970s Fisher-Price Toy cassette recorder in the intro, “We wanted to see if we could somehow approach the sound of those very early country blues recordings, like the ones by Blind Willie Johnson.”

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Track Listings

  1. Yes You Do
  2. Treasure City Moonchild
  3. Do Me
  4. Sweet Loretta
  5. Half Of Your Love
  6. Lady J
  7. Roll Up The Rise
  8. Bona Fide
  9. R U My Saviour
  10. Hope Train

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