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Heavy Weight

Wolf & Cub



WHILE Perth act Tame Im­pala has been fly­ing the flag for Aus­tralian psy­che­delic rock since 2010, play­ing on Amer­i­can talk shows and at nearly ev­ery fes­ti­val in the world, Ade­laide quar­tet Wolf & Cub have been quiet. Fol­low­ing an ex­cel­lent de­but in 2006’s Ves­sels, their sec­ond al­bum, 2009’s

Science and Sor­cery, was a stark dis­ap­point­ment. Heavy Weight, then, marks a re­turn from the mu­si­cal wilder­ness — four years away is a long time for any band, es­pe­cially a mid-tier in­de­pen­dent — and a re­turn to form that will have Tame Im­pala look­ing over its shoul­der. Joel Byrne (gui­tar and vo­cals) and Joel Carey (drums) are the two orig­i­nal mem­bers, but with the change in lineup comes re­newed fo­cus: 11 songs deep and no mis­steps to speak of, only a me­an­der­ing and char­ac­ter­less two-minute coda to eighth track See

the Light that we could have done with­out. Else­where, All Through the Night is a sprawl­ing, ur­gent cut in the vein of Cana­dian in­die rock band the Bes­nard Lakes; I Need More is as stream­lined a pop song as the band has pro­duced, and in Got a

Feel­ing Wolf & Cub end Heavy Weight on an up­lift­ing note, sim­i­lar to how Cal­i­for­nian rock act Black Rebel Mo­tor­cy­cle Club closed its most re­cent al­bum. Em­bed­ded through­out th­ese songs are smart basslines, tidy per­cus­sion and Byrne’s vo­cal hooks and im­pres­sive ar­ray of gui­tar ef­fects. May their fine work here land them on US talk shows and global fes­ti­val stages be­fore too long.

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