Following the announcement of the unique new album from DeWolff, the Dutch trio have released the official video for their new track ‘Blood Meridian I‘.Speaking about the track and video, singer Pablo De Poel explains:

“The riff for ‘Blood Meridian I’ was written on the first day of the French tour, but the Tascam recorder had broken down. “One of the belts had broken and eventually we replaced it with an elastic rubber band. Just so you know: that’s an acoustic guitar rippin’ through your speakers! The verse was written in the van somewhere in Germany. The lyrics are inspired by a Cormac McCarthy book of the same name, about a group of low life outlaws on a vicious killing spree hunting down Native Americans. Not even ghosts will survive to tell the tales of this band.”

“The plan for the video was conceived on the day it was shot: we were shooting a promo shoot with Satellite June in front of our amazing new backdrop by Realfunwow when we figured this setting would make a great music video! Satellite June shot it and Pablo edited it and here it is for y’all to see!”

No drum kit, no Hammond and no guitar amps. DeWolff present to you, the ‘Tascam Tapes‘. Written, performed and recorded on the road for less than 50 euros, but sounding like a million bucks!  Adjust your ears, as its coming 10th January 2020 via Mascot Records.

For their 7th ‘studio’ album, their studio was essentially packed into a suitcase. ‘Tascam Tapes‘ was recorded on a Tascam Porta Two, a four track cassette recorder from the 1980’s. The only equipment they used was a sampler with some rare soul and funk sampled drum beats loaded in by Luka, a battery powered synthesizer and a guitar, all plugged directly into the recorder.
Pablo van de Poel (guitar, vocals), Luka van de Poel (drums) and Robin Piso (Keys) spent 4 months on the road, hurtling across mainland Europe via food poisoning, altercations with the cops and sold out shows, as they careered through France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and The Netherlands to bring you this gnarly 12 slices of deliciousness.

So, there you have it.  No ordinary album, but then this is no ordinary band. Free-spirited and freewheeling, those teenagers that formed a band from The Netherlands deep south have blazed a trail across Europe, released 6 previous studio albums (5 of which hit the Dutch Top 20), have played shows with the likes of The Black Keys, Blues Pills, Wolf People, Wolfmother and Deep Purple. They’ve picked up fans in Seasick Steve, who once woke up backstage at a festival to hear them play, thinking he heard the Allman Brothers playing from 1972 and Roger Glover has openly declared his love for the band AND, to top that off they picked up a Dutch Edison Award (The Netherlands version of The Mercury Music Prize) in February 2019 for ‘Best Rock Band.’

Recorded in hotels, motels, a backstage or two and by the side of the road. This is DeWolff like you’ve never heard them before!

Track listing:

1. North Pole Blues
2. Blood Meridian I
3. It Ain’t Easy
4. Rain
5. Made It To 27
6. Nothing’s Changing
Let It Fly
8. Blood Meridian II
9. Awesomeness of Love
10. Love Is Such A Waste
11. Am I Losing My Mind
12. Life In A Fish Tank

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DeWolff are back and returning to your stereo this winter, but this time they strip down and go COMPACT! No drum kit, no Hammond and no guitar amps, as they present to you, the ‘Tascam Tapes‘. Written, performed and recorded on the road for less than 50 euros, but sounding like a million bucks!  Adjust your ears, as its coming 10th January 2020 via Mascot Records.

On the road, there was 10,000 miles of inspiration, a billion particles floating around in the air, just waiting to be turned into songs. It’s like it was almost too much to take in. So, they narrowed the possibilities down to four channels…

Pablo van de Poel, why is this so? Why would you do such a thing?

Pablo: “Well, partly because it seemed fun and it was about time to do something completely different and partly out of necessity. It was recorded in tiny crammed little spaces like the back of our touring van or in some tiny backstage somewhere, so we had to use portable stuff like a drum sampler and pocket synthesizer to make it work.”

For their 7th ‘studio’ album, their studio was essentially packed into a suitcase. ‘Tascam Tapes‘ was recorded on a Tascam Porta Two, a four track cassette recorder from the 1980’s. The only equipment they used was a sampler with some rare soul and funk sampled drum beats loaded in by Luka, a battery powered synthesizer and a guitar, all plugged directly into the recorder.

Pablo explains, “On the very first day of the tour the Tascam broke down. Actually it broke down all the time, but our sound tech De Das was able to fix it every time using whatever material was at hand (duct tape, rubber bands, toothpicks etc). We even bought a second Tascam in Spain, but its condition was even worse so we just used it for parts and stuck to our original one that I bought 10 years ago for 50 bucks.”

Pablo van de Poel (guitar, vocals), Luka van de Poel (drums) and Robin Piso (Keys) spent 4 months on the road, hurtling across mainland Europe via food poisoning, altercations with the cops and sold out shows, as they careered through France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and The Netherlands to bring you this gnarly 12 slices of deliciousness.

The riff for ‘Blood Meridian I’ was written on the first day of the French tour, but the recorder had broken down. “One of the belts had broken and eventually we replaced it with an elastic rubber band. Just so you know: that’s an acoustic guitar rippin’ through your speakers! The verse was written in the van somewhere in Germany. The lyrics are inspired by a Cormac McCarthy book of the same name, about a group of low life outlaws on a vicious killing spree hunting down Native Americans. Not even ghosts will survive to tell the tales of this band.” Blood Meridian II‘ is written through the eyes of the outlaw.

It Ain’t Easy‘ was recorded in the back of the sprinter whilst travelling through Germany and hits up 21st century problems whilst ‘Awesomeness of Love‘ was the first song they recorded on the tour, backstage of Krakatoa in Mérignac, “the vocals were done on a total adrenaline trip just seconds after our show in Ubu, Rennes.”

Made It To 27‘, in all its 4-track glory was recorded live right by the roadside in a beautiful part of France, near Carcassonne. “Robin was recovering from food poisoning that made us cancel a show before and he was really not in the mood for recording. This song is about the super healthy tour-life and the self- destructive need to ever work harder, write better, run faster, play harder, do more and do it all the time,” adds the singer/guitarist.

Northpole Blues‘ is a compilation of a number of jams they did in the very first hour they tested the Tascam, ‘Am I losing My Mind?‘ originally started as a heavy Zeppelin-esque blues but turned into a heart-breaking ballad and ‘Life In A Fish Tank‘ was recorded backstage of the Zeche Karl in Essen, German with their friend Arthur Akkermans, singer from the Grand East on Harmonica.

So, there you have it.  No ordinary album, but then this is no ordinary band. Free-spirited and freewheeling, those teenagers that formed a band from The Netherlands deep south have blazed a trail across Europe, released 6 previous studio albums (5 of which hit the Dutch Top 20), have played shows with the likes of The Black Keys, Blues Pills, Wolf People, Wolfmother and Deep Purple. They’ve picked up fans in Seasick Steve, who once woke up backstage at a festival to hear them play, thinking he heard the Allman Brothers playing from 1972 and Roger Glover has openly declared his love for the band AND, to top that off they picked up a Dutch Edison Award (The Netherlands version of The Mercury Music Prize) in February 2019 for ‘Best Rock Band.’

Recorded in hotels, motels, a backstage or two and by the side of the road. This is DeWolff like you’ve never heard them before!

Track listing:

  1. North Pole Blues
  2. Blood Meridian I
  3. It Ain’t Easy
  4. Rain
  5. Made It To 27
  6. Nothing’s Changing
  7. Let It Fly
  8. Blood Meridian II
  9. Awesomeness of Love
  10. Love Is Such A Waste
  11. Am I Losing My Mind
  12. Life In A Fish Tank

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Psychedelic-blues renegades DeWolff return to display the full force of their live experience on their new record ‘Live & Outta Sight II,’ which will be released on Mascot Records on 14th June, 2019.

Following the release of 2018’s ‘THRUST’ and the acclaim that followed, the band picked up the prestigious Dutch Edison Award for ‘Best Rock Album’ in February, which capped off an incredible 9 months and saw the band play over 100 shows across 13 countries – The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania, Italy, Denmark, UK, Czech Republic, Austria and their first trip to Indonesia.

The live album was recorded over their 2018-19 tour of the Netherlands; during DeWolffest 1.5 to 2000 fans at Tivoli, Utrecht on December 29th 2018, the beautiful old theatre Luxor Live in Arnhem on January 10th 2019, Paard van Troje in Den Haag  (The Hague) on February 1st 2019 and the EM2 in Groningen on December 6th.

Talking about the shows, singer/guitarist Pablo van de Poel remembers; “Utrecht was totally epic because Gibson Guitars gave us a Gibson Firebird guitar for the occasion that we could give to a fan. So we organized a competition where people had to post videos of themselves playing a DeWolff song on guitar and the “best” video would win this guitar.” The winner of the guitar, Sonny Ray, joined the band on stage to play. They were also joined by best friend and former guitar tech Stefan Wolfs. “Stefan is a great guitar and pedal steel guitar player himself. He’d been out of the game for some time because he was seriously ill. So it was quite an emotional moment when he went on stage for the first time in almost half a year,” Pablo says.

Many of the songs on ‘Live & Outta Sight II’ are taken from ‘THRUST,’ which is a testament to how well the songs have connected with the fans. Pablo explains, “Once we started playing the songs from our new album live they start living their own life. We use the album track as a foundation and playing together, having fun, somehow always takes us to a 2.0 version of this song.” The record includes new fan favourites ‘Double Crossing Man’, ‘Deceit & Woo’ and ‘Big Talk’ as well older favourites ‘Medicine’ and ‘Don’t You Go Up The Sky’.

THRUST’ crashed into the Top 10 Netherlands Album charts, and then the band stormed across Europe playing sold out shows along the way and visited Indonesia for the first time to play shows in Jakarta, Jogjakarta and Malang. “It was great! It was also crazy!” says Pablo. “Indonesia was totally crazy. We were being treated like rock stars: everywhere we went people wanted to get a picture with us!

Life on the road is always eventful; there was a show in Russia at a biker festival that included pyro cannons, naked fans and strippers, a cancelled show on the Canary Islands due food poisoning, almost hitting a Spanish highway cop with their van driving at 120 km/h which resulted in three motorcycle cops and howling sirens and later wrecking the van in an accident. All the while capturing everything on a 4-track cassette recorder and a portable recording setup with us on tour to write and record a new album!

The band formed in the Netherlands’ Deep South of Geleen, when they were barely teenagers in 2007 by brothers’ Pablo (singer/guitarist) and Luka van de Poel (Drums) and Hammond organist Robin Piso. Named after Harvey Keitel’s character, Winston Wolfe, in Pulp Fiction. They have since picked up fans in the shape of Seasick Steve, had a chance meeting with Robert Plant and have played with Blues Pills, Wolf People, The Black Keys and Deep Purple.

It’s the 12 years of hard work that saw them receive a well-deserved Edison Award for ‘Best Rock Band’ in February 2019. Talking about the win Pablo laughs; “I didn’t expect it at all, because usually rock n roll bands don’t win these kinds of prizes in Holland.

DeWolff have another busy summer planned, taking themselves back on the road; headlining the Volt Stage at Sziget Festival (Hungary), playing Krach am Bach Festival (Germany), Paaspop (Netherlands), Raismes Festival (France) and will be supporting Wolfmother in Utrecht (Netherlands) in June as well as continuing to prolifically cover ground across the continent.

Track listing:

1. Big Talk (Live)
2. Sugar Moon (Live)
3. Medicine (Live)
4. Tombstone Child (Live)
5. California Burning (Live)
6. Deceit & Woo (Live)
7. Share The Ride (Live)
8. Tired Of Loving You (Live)
9. Outta Step & Ill At Ease (Live)
10. Double Crossing Man (Live)
11.  Love Dimension (Live)

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DeWolff are delighted to present their brand new track ‘Share The Ride‘. However this is no ordinary single release. To hear the track in it’s entire form, you need to have 5 friends with you. Each stem from the song is available on Spotify and each listener will have to select which one they would like to hear. When all played at the same time, you will be able to hear the whole track in full. The band have even been kind enough to provide an instructional video.

Speaking about the unique release of the track, Singer/Guitarist Pablo van de Poel explains: “Every day when we walk on stage, when we jam or write a song together something magic happens. We’re not talking about the “magic of DeWolff” but we’re talking about the sheer joy of making music together. Nowadays less and less people get to enjoy this wonderful feeling because making music has become more of a solitary thing. Or people have computers make the “music”. To let everyone get a glimpse of what it’s like to play and enjoy music together, we recorded a brand new song ‘Share the Ride‘ and put the individual tracks/instruments on Spotify. So you need to find some friends, go to the “Share the Ride” album, all pick an instrument and press PLAY at exactly the same time. It takes some practicing but when you get it right it’s AWESOME! You want a guitar solo? Or maybe a Hammond solo? It’s up to you baby! Right now there are 5 tracks on there but in the next couple of weeks we’ll add more tracks so you can arrange the song any way you want! SHARE THE LOVE & SHARE THE RIDE!”

DeWolff formed in the Netherlands’ Deep South of Geleen, when they were barely teenagers in 2007 by brothers’ Pablo (singer/guitarist) and Luka van de Poel (Drums) and Hammond organist Robin Piso. Named after Harvey Keitel’s character, Winston Wolfe, in Pulp Fiction, their luscious and expansive neo-psychedelia saw them burst out of the city.

They have released 5 studio albums previously, all have catapulted them up the charts in their homeland. Whilst still in their teens they played the prestigious Paradiso in Amsterdam and took to the mainstage at PinkPop Festival in front of 10,000 fans, relentless touring followed, earmarking them as a formidable live act. Since then they’ve played to 30,000 at Lowlands Festival, 15,000 at Sziget, as well as Reeperbahn, Rockpalast, Rock Oz Arenas and supported The Black Keys, Blues Pills and Deep Purple.

They’ve played Castle’s throughout Europe, been invited to perform at a Russian millionaire’s birthday party in Berlin, they had bodyguards for a show on a Moscow rooftop and at a Biker festival just outside the city, they came face to face with unexpected pyrotechnics, nudity and watched fire spread across the stage during their set.

In 2017, the band celebrated their 10th Anniversary in fine style as they headlined their own DeWolfest to 3,500 fans with support from amongst others, Wolf People.

DeWolff will be on tour through Europe from November 2018 – February 2019.
Tickets available from – www.dewolff.nu

Psychedelic-blues trio DeWolff have revealed their new video for ‘Double Crossing Man’ which is taken from their new album ‘THRUST’, which was released in May this year.

The video footage was taken from their performance at Lowlands Festival this year. Talking about the song they say; ““We recorded this track live to tape with our great friend Levi Vis from the Dawn Brothers on bass. We had only 30 minutes left before Levi had to leave. We thought fuck it, let’s just do a run through of the song, soundcheck, and then do one take really quickly. We recorded the run through, the very first time we played this song together, listened back to it and we loved it. It’s full of spontaneous little things, some flaws, but the energy was just really good.

“Pablo came up with this riff and we instantly got this Undercover of the Night vibe, disco meets rock n roll, so we played around with that and then Luka just started singing random stuff. The weird sounding high pitched “swooosh” at the very end of the song is the sound of the tape recorder coming to a halt abruptly while Pablo & Luka were screaming the last word, “maaaaaan”. Some transistor in the tape recorded overheated, burned and then all the power went out. We had to fix the tape recorder before we could hear back the tape!”

DeWolff formed in the Netherlands’ Deep South of Geleen, when they were barely teenagers in 2007 by brothers’ Pablo (singer/guitarist) and Luka van de Poel (Drums) and Hammond organist Robin Piso. Named after Harvey Keitel’s character, Winston Wolfe, in Pulp Fiction, their luscious and expansive neo-psychedelia saw them burst out of the city.

They have released 5 studio albums previously, all have catapulted them up the charts in their homeland. Whilst still in their teens they played the prestigious Paradiso in Amsterdam and took to the mainstage at PinkPop Festival in front of 10,000 fans, relentless touring followed, earmarking them as a formidable live act. Since then they’ve played to 30,000 at Lowlands Festival, 15,000 at Sziget, as well as Reeperbahn, Rockpalast, Rock Oz Arenas and supported The Black Keys, Blues Pills and Deep Purple.

They’ve played Castle’s throughout Europe, been invited to perform at a Russian millionaire’s birthday party in Berlin, they had bodyguards for a show on a Moscow rooftop and at a Biker festival just outside the city, they came face to face with unexpected pyrotechnics, nudity and watched fire spread across the stage during their set.

In 2017, the band celebrated their 10th Anniversary in fine style as they headlined their own DeWolfest to 3,500 fans with support from amongst others, Wolf People.

DeWolff will be on tour through Europe from September 2018 – February 2019.
Tickets available from – www.dewolff.nu

Review: DeWolff – Thrust

Mascot Records (May 4th)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

I said to DeWolff vocalist Pablo van de Poel when I interviewed him last month regarding the band’s new album ‘Thrust‘, for some inconceivable reason I’d not come across them before!

Well, after the first play of ‘Thrust’, I promptly went and bought the band’s back catalogue. I guess that is a fairly strong indicator that I kind of liked what I’d heard. I am loving the mainly European bands who are ‘re-visiting’ that Seventies vibe, but also putting their own take on it.

DeWolff are most certainly a band who inject their own DNA into the music. Layers of Hammond organ, a tight bass line and vocals which have a slight psychedelic twist to them. This all adds up to an absolute foot-stomper of an album.

In keeping to the whole Seventies thing, the band recorded the album in analogue at their own purpose built studio. While I’m listening to the advance on streamed audio, you can still detect that all encompassing warmth that comes with that process which of course enhances the music even further.

DeWolff are a band who know what they want out of an album, and deliver that in a straight no nonsense fashion, displaying a maturity to both the song writing and musicianship that bands twice their age don’t always manage.

I’m not going to break the album down track by track, I want you to go out and explore it yourselves, trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed and your volume knob will without a doubt be cranked up a few levels.

Highly recommended.

 

Psychedelic trio DeWolff are delighted to reveal their new dark and horrifying video for ‘Big Talk‘. The track is taken from their upcoming album ‘Thrust‘, out May 4th via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. To celebrate the release of ‘Thrust‘ the band will be playing a special show at The Black Heart, London on Tuesday 15th May.

Speaking about the track the band said “Every second you live there is a fork in the river where you can just follow the stream, do what other people expect you to do, think what other people tell you to think… or you can take control and live the best life you can live. For yourself, for other people, for the world. Don’t let anger control you and don’t let lies corrupt the kindness and innocence with which we’re all born. Don’t let the ‘Big Talk‘ kill ya, like the guy in the video. Or is it this killer new track that’s so lethal? We wanted to make a video with a very strong and simple concept. We came up with the idea of a man who swallows everything that’s being put in front of him. Director / DOP Christiaan Kanis took our idea to the next level and using a RED camera (Stranger Things was shot with this camera) he created an intense and beautiful yet horrifying cinematic experience. The actor you see is our friend Mitch Rivers, an amazing songwriter and musician himself. The result is definitely the most incredible music video we’ve ever released.”

Now staples in the Dutch Top 10 Album Charts, on the new album ‘Thrust‘, they tackle contemporary social and political issues on ‘Deceit & Woo’ which was written on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration and they explore the political climate closer to home on the opening track ‘Big Talk’. ‘California Burning’ attacks todays loud mouth society, they tackle gambling on ‘Tragedy, Not Today’, dark undertones on ‘Swain’ and  they approach the god of death on ‘Tombstone Child’.

They formed in the Netherlands’ Deep South of Geleen, when they were barely teenagers in 2007 by brothers’ Pablo (singer/guitarist) and Luka van de Poel (Drums) and Hammond organist Robin Piso.  They have released 5 studio albums previously, all have catapulted them up the charts in their homeland. Whilst still in their teens they played the prestigious Paradiso in Amsterdam and took to the mainstage at PinkPop Festival in front of 10,000 fans, relentless touring followed, earmarking them as a formidable live act. Since then they’ve played to 30,000 at Lowlands Festival, 15,000 at Sziget, as well as Reeperbahn, Rockpalast, Rock Oz Arenas and supported The Black Keys, Blues Pills, Ten Years After, Deep Purple and count Seasick Steve as a fan.

They’ve played Castle’s throughout Europe, been invited to perform at a Russian millionaire’s birthday party in Berlin, they had bodyguards for a show on a Moscow rooftop and at a Biker festival just outside the city, they came face to face with unexpected pyrotechnics, nudity and watched fire spread across the stage during their set.

In 2017, the band celebrated their 10th Anniversary in fine style as they headlined their own DeWolffest to 3,500 fans with support from amongst others, Wolf People and Little Barrie.   Ten years of being a band and wanting to produce your greatest record to date has made ‘THRUST’, a full representation of the DeWolff live experience incorporated with the in the studio experimentation. It represents the sound of rock ‘n’ roll in 2018; equal doses of anger, frustration, emotion and at times disillusion with the state of the world today and all delivered in a hooky and gloriously epic fashion.

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