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Wolf & Cub

It’s been over three years since Australian quartet Wolf & Cub broke cover with their debut album Vessels. The album was released around the world and the band found itself touring Japan, Europe, the UK, and the States, as well as appearing TV On The Radio, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Wolfmother, and Primal Scream. Once their uproarious lives settled down a bit, the guys of Wolf & Cub headed back Down Under to get started on some new material. But given the restlessness at the core of Wolf & Cub’s creativity, there was never any chance things would be done the same way a second time. New influences, new gear, and new ideas necessitate a new approach. A major part of this new approach was the band’s decision to work with fellow Australian producer Chris Colonna (aka Bumblebeez), someone guaranteed to challenge the band in intense new ways. Colonna’s hip-hop cut-and-paste production style seemed an odd fit at first, and was originally shrugged off as too left of field even by the band’s standards. However they were intrigued enough to make the trek out to Colonna’s studio in his hometown of Braidwood just outside of Australia’s capital city Canberra, to work on a track they had previously demo-ed. And that’s where Science & Sorcery began. What had originally concerned the band now inspired them; there was energy in Colonna’s take on their music that they could feed off the excitement in operating outside their comfort zone. Existing demos were built on, disassembled, reconstructed, sidelined, rediscovered, and reassembled. New material was built from the ground up. During the early stages nothing was considered stable, everything had the possibility to change, evolve, disappear and be reborn. Through this process the body of work that constitutes Science & Sorcery eventually took form. Science & Sorcery is a continuation in the ever-evolving sound of Wolf & Cub. Main songwriter Joel Byrne captures the whole experience when he says; “This album was made amidst a sea of conflict; conflict within the band, between the band and Chris, within myself, so in order to actually complete it we were all forced to address and deal with certain issues that were becoming road blocks. This album is really about trying to move forward in life and overcoming those tactics you unconsciously put in place to sabotage it. It’s about fear of change. Overall, it’s not an attempt by us to change “our sound” or do something completely different from previous releases, it’s more a case of us trying to alter or experiment with the process that creates the outcome. I’ll leave it up to others to decide if the sound has gone anywhere else, because I don’t know where it was before. It’s still Wolf & Cub, just another piece of the puzzle.” Wolf & Cub is: Joel Byrne – Guitars/Vocals Wade Keighran – Bass Marvin Hammond – Drums/Percussion/Keys Joel Carey – Drums Science And Sorcery Out Now on Last Gang Records

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