It’s been one hot minute since we’ve sent a mailer round updating everyone on where we’re at, so as consolation for months without word we’re sitting down to write you all a minute by minute account of everything that has happened in the last year, including sleep patterns, bus routes we’ve taken, and what we’ve been having for breakfast each day. Actually on contemplating how boring a read that would truly be, here is an abridged version of events..
We are currently situated in a leafy suburb of London reclining in a handful of dangerously comfortable sofas listening back to the final mixes of the second record. This is kind of a key moment for us, the culmination of a journey that in many ways started in an oppressively cold studio during the winter of Berlin almost two years ago. The song playing at the moment is Alveron, a sort of triumphant call to the future, a crescendo of toms and cymbals, feedback and chorus.
Around 18 months ago, Atlantic Records chose to part ways with Wolf Gang, unhappy with our internal decision to form a full on band and move forward from the solo project they had originally signed. For many signed artists, being dropped is a very sobering experience, it’s the point where even the most self assured visionaries question themselves, reassess their goals, take stock on their hopes and ambitions. In the Wolf Gang camp however, the feeling was one of steely optimism and excitement. We had just returned from a successful writing trip together in Berlin, where we had kept our heads down and amassed a collection of demos that were beginning to hint at an exciting identity for our follow up record. And with a huge support slot just confirmed with Coldplay in the US on the horizon, an impending performance at Coachella, and the new found determination of becoming a fully functioning, fully integrated band, nothing was going to dampen our spirits... Fortuitously after proving our spirits wouldn’t be broken and on the back of a great few months in the US which included our own 2 month headline tour, we signed a new record deal with Cherrytree / Interscope Records based out of Santa Monica in Los Angeles.
There then ensued another creative session down at an old country house Jane Austen used to reside in in Hampshire, which provided a much needed return to solitude, nature and all things Romantic after the hustle and bustle of tours, record deals and lawyers. Again, the experience of writing together was a happy one, and more was added to the battery of songs which was now well in excess of the required amount for an album. The run of good luck continued through the months as we searched out the perfect producer and after a few trials and tribulations we can now very happily, very proudly confirm that the man who is making our album come to life is no other than the legendary Flood. All of the changes and events of the last two years have been important, but perhaps getting the man who has heard, understood and translated the visions of the likes of Depeche Mode, U2, The Killers, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails on board with our project is the single largest piece of WG news to be excited by. Flood and his studio team; men with appropriately glorious names such as ‘Caeser’, ‘Cecil’, ‘Drewpiter’ and ‘John’, have brought out the absolute best in all of us as musicians and arrangers, constantly encouraging us to take the harder path in the search for the perfect take, always pushing us to explode when the song calls for it, and reminding us to sit back when a melody needs more air. At the same time he has been totally respectful of the vision we have, and of the sentiment we caught in our demos back in Berlin. And that kind of takes us back to the present. Which is, to expand, at the far end of a 14 week stint recording and mixing, tantalisingly close to the finish line.
What’s next for us is a combination of wrapping up all album related things such as art work and videos, and the beginning of rehearsals; we have to now interpret the new material as it sounds on the record. Having just been announced as support for Bastille’s North American tour in May and June there is now added incentive to do so! The thought of returning to sunny America to join this tour and also play shows of our own there and at home in London really puts the proverbial fire in our bellies...
At the end of April we’ll be releasing the ‘Black River EP’ to give you all a taster of the fruits of our labour, so stay in touch via Facebook/Twitter/Instagram to keep up to date on that.
Well, in the time this mailer has written itself the final mix of ‘Alveron’ has been bounced and now sits proudly on our desktops, the last track to be completed of an album of songs we are all immensely proud of and cannot wait for you all, our patient friends, to listen to.
Max, James, Lasse and Gav, X