New Zealand Music Month: Two Wolves
It’s New Zealand Music Month this May. New Zealand’s annual celebration of homegrown music. Generally, that involves a lot of mainstream media highlighting a lot of mainstream acts. So I’m here to try and redress the balance a bit. I’ll be posting a link to some rowdy New Zealand music for you to check out every day over the next month. Some bands will no doubt be familiar; others I hope will be fresh to your ears.
Two Wolves’ debut album, The Roar and Peal of Distant Thunder, was inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian, and bleak and blood-soaked outback films like The Proposition. There’s certainly a soundtrack quality to The Roar and Peal of Distant Thunder, with snarling stoner rock, cowpunk, alt-country, and doom metal all intertwining on a very expressive album. It’s all blood-soaked dirt and dust, and big Sergio Leone landscapes, with plenty of heavyweight slide guitar and campfire harmonica adding to the band’s evocative sound.