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Rock isn't dead, it's just festering. Hot and wet, it's growing like a spore in the back alleyways of cities like New York, Chicago, Austin, London, Paris, and Los Angeles. It's seething, growling, learning and evolving with every passing hour. Electricity burns inside it. It feeds on gasoline, old chevy vans, motorcycles, and vintage Silvertone guitars with gold foil pickups. The flesh and bone human beings keeping it alive watch as the world embraces the mediocrity of laptop backing tracks, sampling and auto-tune.
Enter The Ghost Wolves from Austin, Texas. Jonny and Carley Wolf bonded almost a decade ago over a love for live music. Carley is a multi-instrumentalist who was raised in rural Texas dance halls as a teenage country and rockabilly singer. Jonny is a transplant from the east coast who grew up making punk music in a suburban garage with his best friends. Music making as kids turned into a profession for both. Carley played mandolin for early Americana re-creationists The Crooked Jades and upright bass for Houston guitar legend Johnny Falstaff before setting out on her own. Jonny played as a backing drummer for countless roots artists before landing a one-off recording session with hardcore punk guitarist Greg Ginn (of Black Flag fame). The experience of working with Ginn became a turning point that set him back on his path as a heavy hitting rock n' roll drummer.
Rock isn't dead. The Ghost Wolves see and perform it daily. They've toured the world, playing nearly 700 shows in 25 countries including most of western Europe, Scandinavia, the U.K. and a 2016 exclusive performance in Tokyo's Shibuya fashion district for iconic Japanese clothing brand Hysteric Glamour. Their work ethic and dedication to creative excellence has helped land their music in shows and films on networks such as Netflix, HBO and Showtime. They've been invited to perform in countless clubs, theaters, living rooms, and parties globally. They've played sold out theaters in the capital cities of Europe on an opening tour with Nashville psych-stoners All Them Witches. In 2017 they performed in-store at Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville. Their live show is mesmerizing, powered only by their hands, feet, vocal chords and several thousand watts of vintage tube amp tone.
2018 sees this duo pushing themselves forward into the great unknown. After a packed club tour of Europe in February, Carley Wolf will play her one string electric fuzz guitar at SXSW, and then trade it in for a banjo and cigar box guitar as they embark on a two month long tour of the entire USA, performing an acoustic "GUTBUCKET" version of their music while opening for gothic-roots-devil Lincoln Durham. The band is also spinning off into other creative fields at breakneck speed. Hysteric Glamour is now carrying a full line of Ghost Wolves inspired clothing in their 40+ stores throughout Asia and online. Carley is an actress in an award-winning independent film (and recent Netflix release) titled Mr. Roosevelt, produced by Noel Wells. A third recorded album is in the works with producer Rob Fraboni (who is most noted for his work with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Band) at the sound board.
What has become of rock n' roll? Ask The Ghost Wolves from Austin, Texas. They have the answer in their back pocket.