Podcast: A conversation with Actual Wolf

  A couple of weeks ago, we got in touch with Eric Pollard, aka Actual Wolf, as he’s released a brand new album, Itasca, and we fancied catching up with him. There were a few troublesome bits with the conversation (thanks, Telmex) but we had a great time talking about Itasca, short stories, merchandise, social media, the convenience of tape, the new Retribution Gospel Choir … Continue reading Podcast: A conversation with Actual Wolf

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Interview – Actual Wolf



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.

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The Insomnia Diaries – Low

Art: Glenn Miller Montoya

A few years ago, I had a bout of insomnia. Although this wasn’t good for my health, it opened the floodgates to many a band, film, book and show that I’ve never got around to until this. This monthly column will mention a few of these discoveries.

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Retribution Gospel Choir @ The Harley, Sheffield

It was a strange, funny day when Retribution Gospel Choir came back to Sheffield. It snowed heavily in the morning (not a problem for the Duluth trio of rockers) and by the time their set ended, the snow was all but gone. There’s some possible witty remark/pun/fanboy musing about their music melting snow, but can’t think of any. Drenge opened the night. Loudly and fast, the way they know how … Continue reading Retribution Gospel Choir @ The Harley, Sheffield

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Album review: Retribution Gospel Choir – ‘2’

In 2008 Alan Sparhawk violently smashed up his guitar during Low’s performance at the End of the Road festival in Dorset, abruptly ending the set with what Sparhawk later attributed to a “crappy day”. Proceding that performance the singer-songwriter formed Retribution Gospel Choir, also featuring Steve Garrington of Low and Eric Pollard on drums, being the triumphant outcome and Sparhawk’s new musical outlet. 2 is … Continue reading Album review: Retribution Gospel Choir – ‘2’

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Review – Retribution Gospel Choir @ The Grapes

A night of old school jangly rock was deftly given to us punters at the Grapes, courtesy of crooners The Crookes and rock dandies Retribution Gospel Choir.

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