Wolf & Cub, 'Vessels' (4AD)

Critical Mass
Label: 4AD

by Aaron Burgess

Wolf & Cub distinguish themselves from other canine bands (Wolf Eyes, Wolf Parade, Wolfmother) via a two-drummer lineup, but their secret weapon is whatever the hell bassist Thomas Mayhew is using to mike his cabinet. In those moments when the bass drops out, Wolf & Cub's sound -- a Can-meets-Jesus and Mary Chain collision of psych, kraut rock, and blues -- feels like coitus interruptus; that pulsing, woofer-shredding thump is the thing you crave. But in lieu of dynamics, Mayhew's pull-out method keeps the album engaging. And to continue the metaphor, it makes softer tunes ("Hammond" and "Vultures, part 2, section 2") feel like afterglow.

Now Hear This: Wolf & Cub - "Steal Their Gold" DOWNLOAD MP3

Now Watch This: Wolf & Cub - "This Mess"



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