Muddy Wolfe is an alternative rock band with a bluesy atmosphere and a sleek, relaxing sheen. Hailing from Canberra, Australia, this group blends the style of some of the most well-known rock artists of all time, the end result is an easy flow that is badly needed in the fast paced droll of everyday life.
The band just released their debut EP, Muddy Wolfe Volume 1. You can check this out on Youtube and Spotify, or you can pick up a copy from Amazon or iTunes. You can follow the band on Facebook and Instagram (@muddy_wolfe) for future updates.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Marcus King Band, Led Zeppelin, Doyle Bramhall II, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Cox Family and Fleetwood Mac.
Aidan: My biggest musical influences are probably bands like Ball Park Music, Custard, Vampire Weekend and the War on Drugs.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
I listen to Parkway Drive and Twelve Foot Ninja sometimes who are pretty well-known metal bands in Australia. Huge fan of Faith No More too.
Dean: Frank Zappa and Bluegrass. Currently listening to Hans Chew’s 2017 release Open Sea. It’s a corker.
Jonah: genres- synthpop, neo-soul, jazz fusion
artists- Owl City, Regina Spektor
Kim: Ben Howard, Bon Iver, Lake Street Dive. Folktronica and Chamber folk
Aidan: Confidence Man
- What’s next for the band?
Going forward we’ll be trying to get a full album finished by the end of the year which will be more of a collaborative effort and will be tracked live to have a more authentic in the moment vibe. Would love to do some mini tours to Sydney and Melbourne.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
It certainly helps to get our music out there to more listeners but at the same time has devalued music. Even really successful bands now need to think of other ways to actually make money in the music business.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
- Can you describe your sound?
It’s a diverse collection of songs ranging from traditional blues to country and indie folk to jazz. The vocal harmonies blend to produce a big warm sound. Guitar and organ solos aboundWhat are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Tedeschi Trucks Band’s new album “Signs” is amazing.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
I was very much into music from a very early age. I had keyboard lessons when I was 6 or 7 but wasn’t very good and didn’t keep it up. Loved Michael Jackson and later got into REM and INXS. When I was 14 or 15 my step brother brought home an electric guitar and amp. He never used it that much so I kind of just took possession of it and played everyday teaching myself. I couple of years later I moved to Sydney and started having lessons. I started out playing heavier stuff by Stone Temple Pilots, Collective Soul and Metallica. I got into Tool and Deftones later on and joined a band with a similar sound. After I was out of high school for a few years I went back to study and went to music school and got into jazz and blues. It took about 20 years to figure out exactly what I should be doing until Muddy Wolfe was born.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
I am the main songwriter but one song on the E.P. was written by Kim and we collaborated on the arrangement of the tune. Going forward we’ll be trying to get a full album finished by the end of the year which will be more of a collaborative effort and will be tracked live to have a more authentic in the moment vibe.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
John Mayer Continuum
Dean: Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Marcus King Band, Doyle Bramhall II
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
I can understand why bands do this and we did do this for a while. We released 3 singles prior to the E.P. but I think people pay more attention if you have full album or E.P. and you get a little more momentum somehow.
It’s a little bit of a shame that society today kind of lack the patience or the time to actually sit down and listen to an album in its entirety. You don’t get the full picture of what a band is unless you listen to a whole album.