Truth be told, guitarist and vocalist Carley Wolf and hubs/band partner Jonny Wolf of The Ghost Wolves are some of the nicest, coolest people you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. And your humble Austin Music Minute maven is smitten over the band’s dashing mascot, Winter, who’s fluffy snow-white mug often appears on their show fliers and promotional photos with a toothy snarl. That would be the Ghost Wolf himself – but I’ve met him. And he’s snuggly. And he’ll sit on your feet, even though he’s bigger than a horse.
But don’t let your defenses down yet. Not until you’ve had a taste of the searingly raw, rowdy and wicked tune-age that The Ghost Wolves melt faces with, full-throttle and fuzzed-up. Give a listen “Gonna Live” and “Curl Up & Dye,” from the 2011 EP In Ya Neck!, and their newest release, the down ‘n’ dirty bone-cruncher of a single “Getchya Hip Thrust.” Turn the volume up.
The Ghost Wolves recently started a collaboration with legendary rock renegade (“strangely strange, oddly normal”) BP Fallon for some extraordinary musical synthesis, and created “Black Crow,” featuring Fallon on vocals and spoken word. In live performances, Fallon does an excellent rendition of BP Fallon & The Bandits‘ “Increasingly Often” with the Wolves, as well as the stunning piece “I Believe In Elvis Presley,” from Fallon’s first record, produced by Jack White in 2009 on his Third Man Records label.
That being said, you’d better not miss The Ghost Wolves with BP Fallon tonight at The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd. It’s a damn fine bill with rock ‘n’ rollers The Happen-Ins and Power Chief‘s musical side project River Train. Get there around 9 p.m. Recommended.