THE GHOST WOLVES
ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT
Third Man Records is excited to release the newest songs from Austin, TX’s Ghost Wolves, available today on 7” vinyl and digital. Formed in 2011 and hardly taking time to sit since then, the Ghost Wolves create, record and tour at a dizzying clip. Blending rock n' roll, punk rock, garage and blues with electronic elements, the duo has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the modern rock n’ roll underground, touring internationally for almost 8 years straight, with nearly 1000 shows between them in 23+ countries including most of western Europe, the USA, U.K. and Japan.
The recording sessions took place during a very dark time for Carley and Jonny, who have been married for 7 years. Jonny's father, John, received a terminal cancer diagnosis in late 2018. "I was in Connecticut with my dad in the hospital and Carley was in Texas sending me song demos. I'd write her back my thoughts and we went on for a while like that. I was up there almost a month when they first hospitalized him. When he stabilized somewhat, I went back to Austin to take a break and be home briefly, and that's when we recorded this. So we were creating with all of that hurt going on in the background. It was therapeutic for me in a way, to be there with these people, working on art. And I think it came out on the record. It's definitely darker and more intimate than our previous albums."
The three tracks from the sessions are out now on 7" vinyl and digitally by Third Man Records. About the partnership, Carley remembers, "We sent a bunch of labels all the music we recorded, 10 tracks total. When Third Man said they wanted to release some of it, we were popping champagne and screaming at the sky. For us it was like hitting the lotto. We're just fans of the label. They have so many of our heroes in their catalogs, people like Muddy Waters, Wanda Jackson, Dead Weather, Jerry Lee Lewis, the White Stripes. It's mind-blowing that our music will be there alongside them. It doesn't feel real, it feels like a dream."
"TIRELESS, SURE-FOOTED, AND MEAN"
The Ghost Wolves are a punk-blues duo born in the countryside west of Austin, Texas, on the great enchanted precipice of the southwest known as the Texas Hill Country. Carley and Jonny met at a hippie campout festival in Kerrville, Texas nearly 10 years ago. Carley was raised in the area nearby on a small ranch where her family kept horses, goats and a pack of 10 wolf hybrid dogs who slept with her in bed and guarded her as if she were their own. She came up as a teenager playing rockabilly music in the dance halls throughout the state, vaunted old wooden places like Luckenbach, Gruene and historic Fischer hall. Jonny is one of those lost souls from the icy Yankee northern USA who "couldn't get to Texas fast enough". His move to Austin was made with a two year stopover in New Orleans, that ancient, dangerous, fascinating city where drummers grow like weeds and the indigenous musical groove happens in the cracks of the beat. Once in Austin, he quickly found steady work with western swing, country, blues and rock n’ roll bands of all kinds, playing long nights in some of the same smokey honky tonks and dancehalls Carley had a few years earlier as a teenager.
The Ghost Wolves came together first as an idea, an outlet for two musicians who had experience working as backing players, but were looking for a way to be more creative with their music. The strict and structured world of working behind other musicians had begun to rub Jonny the wrong way. “I learned a lot from drumming for other people, and I’m thankful for it, but it started to feel like I was stuck creatively, I needed to be myself and play things the way I was hearing them. I was doing stuff with my drums that was going to get me fired from other bands.” Jonny remembers. At their first band practice, Carley took her electric guitar, removed 5 strings, plugged it into an oversized bass rig and dubbed it “the one string wonder.” Jonny made a box with a myriad of analog synthesizers in it and slammed it with his fist between Carley’s riffs, sending shockwaves, space rays, glitter bomb explosions and bursts of electricity through their music. They reached deep into their record collection and learned cover songs by legendary guitarists like Jessie Mae Hemphill, RL Burnside, and Bo Diddley. Mixing these early American blues and rock n' roll sounds with the fervent punk rock of the late 70's and their own writing styles, they quickly got to work finding their own sound. They've been described many ways - blues-punk, blues-rock, trash - but one drunken fan described them perhaps better than any writer ever has: "The Cramps from the Crypt meet up with The Ramones and take all the cocaine Hasil Adkins left on the floor."
For The Ghost Wolves, having an explosive live show and being willing to tour incessantly are of paramount importance in their life as a band. Since their first gigs around Austin in 2011, they have played nearly 1,000 shows across the planet in 18 countries including Japan, Scandinavia, Europe, the U.K., Ireland, and almost every state in the USA. This year, the band will add Cuba to the list of countries played, visiting in September 2019 on a 14 day tour. "When fans invite us to play for them, we go. We have to take this band to the people. That's just how we're wired." Carley says. "Touring that much forces our creativity, teaches us to adapt and make every situation as great as it can be. We don't let bad sound, shitty people or unfortunate circumstances stop us. Playing that many gigs has been the greatest lesson for us, as people individually and a band together." In 2017 the Ghost Wolves were invited by metal band All Them Witches on a 23 date opening tour of theaters and large halls in Europe, the U.K. and Scandinavia. This trip had them surrounded by giant amplifiers cranked to extreme volume levels night after night. At one show, their thunderous racket rattled a top shelf bottle of whiskey off the bar, shattering glass and soaking patrons in high dollar liquor. They returned to the USA and promptly joined one man band Lincoln Durham as his opener on a tour of listening rooms and small clubs. To adapt to those intimate venues, they stripped their entire setup down to a cigar box guitar, a small amplifier, a tin garden bucket, crystal bowl and a pair of dinner knives.
Their discography includes three releases. An initial EP In Ya Neck! was distributed on vinyl by Pau Wau records in 2011. Their first LP Man, Woman, Beast, was picked up and released by Nashville based Plowboy Records in 2015. That label was helmed at the time by Cheetah Chrome, famed guitarist of 70's punk band Dead Boys. The duo's second LP, Texas Platinum, was released in 2017 by German label Hound Gawd! Records. On September 7th, Third Man Records released their third effort, a 3 song 7" EP called "Crooked Cop."
"They play stomping blues-garage-punk possessed by who knows what kind of demon... their music has just the right overdose of voodoo punk..."- Rolling Stone Italia
"Their music is born of The Cramps, Link Wray, and Delta Blues to create a sound that is the bastard offspring of the dark and dirty elements of rock-n-roll’s history. The Ghost Wolves deliver a set of distorted blues haunted garage punk that is stripped to the bone." - Blurt Magazine
"The pair tour relentlessly, showing a joy in the turn-it-up that evokes the visceral virtues of rock at its most raw and elemental." - Lenny Kaye for emusic.com
"Bodacious garage rock with a sneer" - MountainX, Asheville NC
"A primal musical jewel in wolf's clothing..." - BP Fallon's Wang Dang Doodle
"Vertreter dieser reinen - Pardon - schmutzigen Lehre sind etwa: Hazil Atkins, die Cramps, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Flat Duo Jets und wieder Elvis, der Glanz und Elend im Rock 'n' Roll verkörperte wie sonst niemand. Und da wären noch die Ghost Wolves aus Austin, Texas. Carley Wolf und Jonathan Konya sind das netteste Paar, das man sich vorstellen kann - privat. Anders die Lyrics und der Sound des Duos. Da werden keine Gefangenen genommen, da fliegen die Fetzen, da splittern die Knochen."
- Deutschlandradio Kultur
"...for the real experience, catch them on stage where their intensity and magnetism are amplified to such levels that you might just put on a mask and let Carley call you 'Grandma'." - Deli Magazine
"...they opened the evening with a roar both from the stage and, by set’s end, from the audience, too. They played so well with such obvious delight that it was impossible not to get on board."- Nippertown, Albany, NY
"This duo — female singer/guitarist and male drummer — provides raw, energetic rock that sounds more like it came from the Voodoo-soaked streets of New Orleans or back alleys of New York City than the farmlands of Texas. Punk sensibility, blues style, crashing drums, scattershot harmonies and moments of folk simplicity define the band’s six-song EP, In Ya Neck!."- Jeff Hahne, Creative Loafing
"When the Austin band finally let us off the hook and left the stage, the only thing I could think of was the fact that I wanted more. I was ready to take the tunes well into Friday morning, not well short of midnight."- Loopster Live
"They are wild, they are screechy, they are banging and down right feral, they are The Ghost Wolves."- Whenthehornblows.com, Live review, London 2017
"C’est le duo de The Ghost Wolves qui avait la périlleuse mission d’ouvrir le bal. Juste un batteur et une chanteuse bien énervée, une guitare (parfois même une seule corde !) mais surtout une énergie assez dingue, reconnaissons-le. Notre pauvre Nicolas en a eu du mal à croquer sereinement…"- Croque and Roll, live review Paris 2017
"The thrilling guitar fuzz and shrill teamed with adrenaline pumping drums gets the crowd warmed up screaming for more in no time. ”Do You Like Cry Babies?” Carley shouts at the crowd “nobody likes crybabies” is the fiesty introduction to the neck snapping ‘Crybabies Go Home’. The crowd roar the “whoohoohoo” lyrics back to her as she jumps about the stage. Elaborate guitar poses and all it’s purely captivating. Swagger is a tame word for these guys, they are wild and absolutely mental but it makes for a fascinating live set and the crowd were lapping it up. When you think it couldn’t get better she introduces the one string wonder “because all you need is one god damn string” that’s right a guitar with one string that plays just as mighty and meaty as a six string makes you wonder why anyone plays guitar normally. This duo are cool and feisty and boy do they put on a live show."
- Indiebuddie.com, live review Dublin 2017
"Carley “Carazy” Wolf (guitar & vocals, looking like Calamity Jane as imagined by Rob Zombie) and Jonathan “Little Hammer” Wolf (drums & vocals, total greaser – probably had a BSA parked outside ready for a ton-up run to the Ace Café) battered the hell out of their instruments creating an unholy yet unavoidably foot tapping head-banging blend of rockabilly blues. Imagine if Lux Interior and Poison Ivy had raided the bargain bins for old country blues instead of obscure rockabilly numbers. And had to play them at Download... Wolf, C worked the crowd throughout with the fervour of someone simultaneously selling snake oil, Jebus and the Golden Gate Bridge, bossing the crowd and making her presence felt: a hyperactive blur of helium voiced motion. It’s not often a support gets a full throated singalong but this gal had the crowd singing along to half the set, and to be frank the band went down a storm."- Bristol 25/7, live review 2017
"The Ghost wolves made a mighty punk-rock noise in a powerful opener...their spunky energy engaged the crowd so well they whipped up a noisy singalong."- Albany Daily Gazette
"Primal, grungy, lo-fi, disruptive, exhilarating..." - Blurt! Online
"Their live show is a bit of a spectacle, with Wolf, dressed all in white with a matching Warhol-esque wig, jumping around the stage as she plays. Konya is chatty between songs, making jokes and pushing the record. It's not your typical Austin act..."
Peter Mongillo, The Austin American Statesman
"Their music is influenced by shamans, wolf dogs, and blues legend RL Burnside - that the Ghost Wolves makes it one of the most exciting newcomer band from Austin." - On3, Germany
"The Ghost Wolves might be a mere duo (Carley plays a vintage hollow body guitar, Jonny thrashes the drums and they both sing) but they play hard enough for a full band. Playing second in a four-band showcase (including the Krektones, Alligator Indian and ER Airplane) at Jack of the Wood last Friday, the Ghost Wolves had the crowd on its feet." - Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC
"This new Texas based duo blend gritty backwoods blues with hints of Pyschobilly and folk that are conjuring up garage ghosts from the 60's and demons from the Delta. Known around the city for their energetic live show and infectious on-stage chemistry, The Ghost Wolves have been relentlessly touring their debut album, In Ya Neck!, bringing the raw and rabid rock and roll sound from their digitally unscathed record to dive bars across the plains." - Band Soup
"From the opening, bluegrass twang of ‘Gonna Live’, to the gorgeous live recording of ‘First Love’, it is clear that the duo’s relentless gigging – as well as their strong musical heritage – has produced a collection of tracks that is both exhilarating and infectious." - Chybucca Sounds U.K
"While they each have their own impressive musical resumes, together they are an otherworldly presence." - KUT- Austin
1000 shows played in 18 countries including Scandinavia, the U.K., Europe, Japan, Cuba and the USA
Songs licensed by Netflix, HBO, and Showtime
Band covered in Rolling Stone, USA Today
International festival appearances include Fusion (Germany), Electric Picnic (Ireland), Muddy Roots USA, Muddy Roots Europe, SXSW
The band has an ongoing clothing collaboration with revered Japanese cult fashion line Hysteric Glamour
The band has opened shows and tours for Wanda Jackson, The 69 Eyes, All Them Witches, Dex Romweber Duo, Dead Boys, Alejandro Escovedo, Drivin N' Cryin, Reverend Horton Heat, Scott H. Bihram