About the ghost wolves
Carley, 23 years old, guitar and vocals, and Jonny, 26 years old, drums, met in 2007 and have been inseparable since. But the idea to have a band together came to them in 2011 when their other gigs were on the outs.
"We both were raised on electric music - rhythm and blues, early rock and roll, psych rock, punk" Jonny explains, "We were talking a lot about that, and were listening to those records at home constantly. At the time though, we were both involved in folk-acoustic acts. We talked a lot about doing something more raucous. We both came up as teenagers playing in garage rock bands and it meant a lot to us. " Jonny explains, "At some point, Carley sold her classical guitar and used the money to buy a Fender blues deluxe amplifier. She brought it home and set it up in the living room. I came home and she had cranked it up one night and was wailing! We started jamming and it was so much fun."
Rocking out in their living room quickly led to gigs around Austin, at clubs like Momo's, Beerland, Hole in The Wall and The Mohawk. Writing their own songs, they began to dig into a sound all their own - a mysterious blend of blues voodoo, psychedelic rock, and a punk-garage-stomp attitude, a serious overdose of guitar fuzz and snare drum crackle-snap and pop.
Gigs in Austin led to gigs in in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. They recorded their first EP, "In Ya Neck!", at a home studio in Bastrop, TX, trading work hours weeding, gardening, repairing fence, and painting for hours in the studio. They self released the EP, and started in on a tour that would last nearly 2 years,playing over 400 shows in small clubs and house parties across the states.
During this time touring in the USA, unbeknownst to the band, their music was being played all over the world. Through the power of the internet, major European radio outlet FM4 had picked up on their EP and was broadcasting it across Germany, Austria, and the Czech republic. The Italian version of Rolling Stone magazine reviewed their music, calling it "stomping blues-garage-punk possessed by who knows what kind of demon...". In Ireland, the legendary DJ BP Fallon had featured them on his weekly BBC internet radio broadcast, "The Wang Dang Doodle." Japanese fashion designers from the Hysteric Glamour label, visiting Nashville, TN on location photographing Jack White, saw the band perform, fell in love, and featured them in their magazine back home in Japan.
The idea for recording a full length album came from a Canadian - a no-nonsense music industry veteran named Ben Richardson. The Ghost Wolves were on tour for several weeks opening for Austin rock legend Alejandro Escovedo, whom Ben was touring managing for. One night, after the show, he offered to put them in the best studio in Austin for as long as was needed to cut a great LP. "We had written a bunch of songs that year, 20 or so. We lived in rural Tennessee for a while, in a farm house, writing every day. But we had no way to record them, no funds, nothing. So we were grateful for Ben to help us." Carley explains.
The band convened in January 2013 at Arlyn studios, the famed large-scale facility just off of south congress avenue where legends like Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and Frank Sinatra had recorded over the years. Gordie Johnson, frontman for Canadian band Big Sugar, and producer of the last three Gov't Mule records, joined Ben and the band in the control room as engineer/producer.
"Imagine us at this point - we started this band in our living room! Now we're in this world class studio, where all of these huge names have recorded, working with this great team." "It was a total trip, and we loved it." Jonny says .
The band cut 10 tracks over the course of 4 days, and then immediately took off for more touring. "It was a whirlwind. We did a lot of it live and we only did a few takes. Most importantly, we got the tones and performances we wanted. Huge guitar and drum sounds. Gordie and Ben were so great at facilitating that." Carley explains.
They dubbed the album "Man, Woman, Beast". "It's exactly who we are. On our own, we're just a man, and a woman. But together, on stage, we're something else." Jonny explains. There's a double meaning here, too - the band also tours with a majestic arctic wolf hybrid named Winter, who rides in the van with them and often can be see hanging by the merchandise table during their shows. Carley was raised in the rural hill country of Texas with a pack of rescued wolf hybrids, so she knows all about these animals. They inspired the band name and also their ferocious take on music. "We're all about bands who shake things up a bit when they play. Like, you hear them, and go, what the fuck is that? That's awesome! That's what it's all about." Carley says, grinning ear to ear. "We aren't here to be boring. We aren't crybabies, either. If you come to our show, you're going to have fun and you hopefully won't ever forget it."
Oct 28 FridayAustin, TX, US Cheer Up Charlie's
Nov 19 SaturdaySan Antonio, TX, US The Mix
Nov 26 SaturdayAustin, TX, US Empire Control Room & Garage
Mar 08 WednesdayAustin, TX, US Unknown venue