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The Answer is Somewhere in Alveron

Why is Wolf Gang not a band anymore?

The British rockers seemed to be on the brink of taking their music to the next level with the first few singles off their second album “Alveron” back in the fall of 2014. But after switching labels (Warner Music UK Limited to Cherrytree Records), their comprehensive sound took a slight hit in production value on said sophomore record. That’s more a problem with the producer than the musicians. Even still, why did they breakup? Maybe it was being downgraded/choosing to go more independent that ultimately doomed the band? Perhaps an undisclosed riff between one or more band mates was simply too much?

These questions are still questions because fans were given only a solitary, ambiguous social media announcement that the Wolf Gang project was over in July of last year. That was it. End of story.

Dear Friends,

We are very sad to announce our decision to end the band. We’ve had an incredible journey; we’ve been to amazing places and met wonderful people, and all along the way we loved sharing our music with you all, but now it’s time for us to move onto other things. We want to thank each and every one of you who showed us support and enjoyed our music, you have meant a lot to us. We wish you all the best, and thanks again,

Max, James, Gav and Lasse X

So, why bring this up again now, 9 or so months later, especially when Jimmy’s Daily Planet covered this news when it happened?

Because it still makes no sense. The band was developing and growing in popularity and name recognition. However, bands breakup. It’s an all too common tale in the music industry.

Every now and again, like today, their music pops back to the front of my mind. I’m reminded not only of their talent, but their seeming promise as a band. While Wolf Gang’s future is no more, their past is alive and well if we so choose.

I’m picking alive and well.

Outside the band, nobody knows what “Alveron” really means. And since nobody really knows why the band broke up, maybe that’s a fitting legacy for remembering Wolf Gang.

Lay Your Instruments Down

British alternative rockers Wolf Gang sadly announced their days as a rising band are over.

They created several musical hits (“The King and All of His Men,” “Black River,” “Lions in Cages,” “Back to Back,” “Lay Your Love Down”) with savvy lyrics and a sound that was just beginning to be explored and developed. The seemingly successful collaboration of Max McElligott, Lasse Petersen, Gavin Slater, James Wood and Beau Holland will now see a future of individually roaming wolves.  The wolf pack is no more.

Somewhere, Zach Galifianakis Alan is very upset.

I have great memories of seeing them live in the intimate Basement setting in Columbus, Ohio last September. Wolf Gang got the place rocking right out of the gate with “Black River” and seemed destined as the next great export from across the pond. Even though their journey has ended, in honor of “Throwback Thursday,” let’s remember Wolf Gang for what they were: talented.

(About four months before their return visit in September) I present Wolf Gang performing “Black River” in The Basement.

Despite their separation, it will be exciting to see what each member does next. However, why did they break-up?

Maybe the band actually evolved into a king and all of his men

Happy Monday!

In the case of the British band below, a gang of wolves is a good thing.

Seeing Wolf Gang in that very same location (The Basement in Columbus, Ohio) last September, just 3 1/2 months after the video shows, they left a great impression because they have an original sound and they are fantastic live. This is their opener that gets everybody’s heart racing, which also plays well for kicking off the workweek.

Interestingly, they set-up and took down their own equipment. It was a refreshing sight and it’s just one of many reasons to see bands you like in small venues every once in a while. The energy is inspiring.

Have an Awesome Week!

Wednesday Wonder

The middle certainly is an awkward place to be, as Jimmy Eat World has so perfectly harmonized. The first part of the workweek is over, which signifies a plan of action for the remaining half.

What will we do?

And while this inquisitive notion may appear aimless and elementary, it’s elevated to something quite profound when we pause to realize that this is 48 hours (that’s a long time!) of our lives each week that will be either exhausted with unforgettable memories or remembered as a blur of, well, just a blur of whatever. Friday and Saturday are the universal days of imagination and hopefulness, but why is that? Randomness is one of the most beautifully wonderful forces and Wednesday and it’s fellow mellow days should be privy to this unbridled excitement and wild passion.

Do you ever consider that something incredible can happen on Monday or Tuesday night, but that because it’s a Monday or Tuesday night, that there’s some sort of invisible societal ceiling restricting this excitement from bursting into the night sky?

Yes, we have work in the morning. Yes, we have our routines.

No, this still doesn’t feel right.

Why are we limiting ourselves of our best, most adventurous moments to only two days a week? This blog is absolutely not calling for a seven-day-a-week party, but just to imagine something more out of a “normal” day. Let’s start in the singular sense. When these five days are added up, that’s 120 hours of our time with a few hours of curious opportunity each day. Because maybe, just maybe, the one time you do, you’ll see, meet, do or surprise yourself in ways that illuminate your perspective with colors and a vision you can’t believe you’d been missing all this time.

No legen – (wait for it) dary story has ever started with, “So, I went to work early today” or “I worked late at work today.”

If you play your cards right, you may find the queen of hearts among the king and all of his men.

A wolf gang, if you will.