Wolf Eyes “Enemy Ladder” (Show Tomorrow Night!)
It was sort of a shock to some last year when it was announced that Wolf Eyes’ next record would be released on Jack White’s Third Man Records. It should be no real surprise though because Wolf Eyes has never been anything that could really be called predictable. From 100s of self released cassettes to their couple album stint on Sub Pop they’ve done things their own way. The last year or so has seen the band declaring that noise is 100% dead and promoting their own brand of what they call “trip metal”. I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces sounds like a very focused Wolf Eyes. Focusing a bit more on their Throbbing Gristle style influences that have popped up all over the place in the past, the band has shed some more free form noise of the past into a 6 track album that almost reaches head nodding moments. Songs like “Twister Nightfall” play off of a repetitive beat and a downright catchy bass groove and lofi psych guitar. The first single from the album “Enemy Ladder” features a lot of guitar from newest member Jim Baljo and an almost thrash metal beat. The band has also been putting a number of their more rare releases on bandcamp if you want to dive in to a massive back catalog (Discogs reports 275 releases). Their website shows a bunch of new tour only CDr releases so if there’s any fear that Wolf Eyes is slowing down anytime soon, it’s wrong.
Wolf Eyes play the 7th Street Entry tomorrow (2/27) as part of the Audio Social Dissent tour with Timmy’s Organism and Video. More info at First Avenue.