I cannot even describe how much I’ve been enjoying the album of the up and coming artist Sea Wolf. Little has been posted of this artist around the internet, but this band deserves their own blog. I’ve been in contact with the frontman (and technically only man) of Sea Wolf and he gave me the skinny on his band:
“Sea Wolf is me, Alex Church, and rotating members of the Ship Collective community. Sea Wolf was officially formed 2 1/2 years ago, had a handful of LA shows, and spent the last year recording a record, Leaves In The River. Currently Sea Wolf is unsigned, but now that the record is done, we’re sending it out and playing shows again. I’m also a member of the LA indie-pop band Irving, but I don’t consider Sea Wolf a side project at all. Sea Wolf is a very separate project, that has a life of it’s own, and I’m far closer to it than Irving.”
Like so many musicians in the independent music scene, Church is heavily involved with two bands that make equally great music. Many of you, I’m sure, are familiar with Irving, but in my opinion his true talent shines through in Sea Wolf. Their new record, co-produced by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, The Shins, Built to Spill, etc.), is difficult to find unless you hail from the LA area (although a new website is under construction). In the meantime, you can look forward to some amazing music.
[MP3] Sea Wolf – You’re A Wolf
Sea Wolf – Black Dirt
Sea Wolf – Middle Distance Runner
UPDATE: Alex Church aka Sea Wolf has decided it’s better for you check out the other songs at his MySpace.
“Also, I don’t consider myself a singer/songwriter (though I do both in Sea Wolf). In my mind, Sea Wolf is a band. I suppose it could be considered a band in the way that Cat Power, Iron & Wine, and Bright Eyes are bands. But I have no interest in playing shows without a band, it’s just not me. To me the music is just as important as the singer, and I love having other musicians contribute.”
Band or no band, Alex Church is more concerned with the process of creating music than amassing a following, which is probably why his music is great instead of stereotypically danceable and trendy. Job well done, Mr. Church.