THE WOLFHOUNDS - MIDDLE-AGED FREAKS (TIPTO20)
The Wolfhounds:“Middle Aged Freaks”(TipTop Recordings TIPT020)
Very limited edition vinyl LP compilation of the four singles that the legendary C86 band have released since their resurrection as a creative venture in 2012.
Originally formed as teenagers in 1984, The Wolfhounds released four critically acclaimed LPs and many songles and EPs before disbanding in 1990, after appearing on the legendary, bestselling and influential C86 cassette (after which a whole genre is named).
The band reformed in 2005 to celebrate 20 years since their debut release Cut The Cake and since 2012 they have been recording and releasing new material. The three limited edition Odd Box 7” singles – Cheer Up, Divide and Fall and Anthem – are all featured onMiddle Aged Freaks, along with German CDR single Skullface and a couple of unreleased modern recordings of equal quality. Each of these singles received excited responses and are now sold out –“Divide and Fall is a cert for indie nights, guaranteed to prompt dervish dancing from drunken students”according to Record Collector magazine.
Since reformation, the band have played New York Popfest, Berlin Popfest, the Scared To Get Happy boxset and C86 reissue launch nights (having been featured on the influential NME cassette back in the day), The final Grant McLennan tribute night and the final All Tomorrows Parties festival (the last two hosted by comedian Stewart Lee), as well as many standalone gigs. Their 1987 debut LP Unseen Ripples From A Pebble has been recently reissued, along with new LP Untied Kingdom ( Or How To Come To Terms With Your Culture) which has received rave reviews in Britain and Europe.
Despite their history the band are not content with looking backwards. The 13 songs on Middle Aged Freaks see The Wolfhounds matching and surpassing their original recordings with a born-again fervour – no mean feat, given their consistently great 1980s output. This album shows they can give any band half their age a run for their money. The Wolfhounds are back and better than ever.
Current members are: David Callahan - vocals, guitar, samples; Andy Golding - guitar, stranjo, bulbul tarang, vocals, samples; Richard Golding - bass; Pete Wilkins - drums.