Review: Actual Wolf – Itasca

  A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking with Eric Pollard, aka Actual Wolf. It was a lovely conversation and we mostly geeked about coffee, music and his new album, Itasca.  A sort of love letter to home and childhood, Itasca is made up of 9 songs. Although much of it is quiet in comparison to the thunderous racket of Actual Wolf (review), Itasca‘s strength is the subtlety of it. … Continue reading Review: Actual Wolf – Itasca

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Interview – Actual Wolf

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A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to catch Retribution Gospel Choir at the now defunct The Grapes. Not only were they a fierce live monster, they all were very approachable people. Then I saw Low a year later and lo and behold, the beast behind the drums was on keys. Fast forward to a sampler I downloaded out of pure curiosity from a label called Chaperone Records, which included an Americana tinged band called Actual Wolf which I instantly dug.

30 seconds later, I realise the guy behind Actual Wolf is Eric Pollard, whom I’ve seen in both Retribution Gospel Choir and Low. Thanks to the wonders of social media, I catch up with Eric Pollard in a small apartment in Austin during SXSW 2014 and we talk about life, music and catharsis. Dressed mostly in black, like any modern cowboy should, we talked for a good half an hour.

Here’s the verbose gist:  Continue reading “Interview – Actual Wolf”