Formed in 2009 as Kurran and the Wolfnotes, the band has brought an unmistakable noughties twist to the alt-folk Americana sound, with a melodic hint of The Shins and the raw emotion of Neutral Milk Hotel complementing their folk sensibilities. With New Yorker Kurran’s faltering, heartbroken croon and textbook Isle of White Festival circa-1968 guitar jangle, they are half minstrel, half basement bar sleaze.
They have caused a stir with singles Whatabitch and Your Four Limbs (Chess Club) winning fans at radio and storming live shows including literally bringing the tent down at Latitude festival. The band’s early work culminated in the Static Bleed EP, which they made with producer Richard Causon, who has made music with artists including Ryan Adams, Ethan Johns, Rufus Wainwright and Kings of Leon.
Now renamed The Wolfnotes, Kurran, Chris, Ben and new member Queez have recently completed work on their first full length album (title TBC) with producer Cam Blackwood (We Are Scientists, Viva Brother, CSS). The album builds on the majestic folk vibe of the Static Bleed EP, with Kurran’s compelling lyrics meditating on everything from mortality to indecisive girlfriends. But this time around his band is unafraid to show its pop sensibilities, as demonstrated by first single Upper Atmosphere, which blends Beach Boys harmonies with Kurran’s trademark barroom drawl in the band’s most upbeat offering to date.
The Wolfnotes are currently running a successful campaign with Pledge Music to release the debut album. All those who Pledge instantly receive the ‘Static Bleed’ EP as well as pre-ordering the debut album which will be available to those who Pledge in November 2012 prior to a traditional release in Spring 2013. The band credits the Pledge campaign as giving them a renewed energy and excitement to interact with the fanbase to create and share their music, and has been making a whole host of exclusive content and session videos available to fans throughout the campaign.