AFTER making a very decent impression on the island’s music lovers during a short Manx tour last year, UK band Dead Wolf Club have been invited back to bring their ‘dark punk geek rage’ to the Villa Marina this weekend.
In 2012, the young rockers tested the water with dates in Douglas, Castletown and Peel in November, with their guitar-thrashing sound proving a hit.
The show tonight (Friday) at the Douglas venue’s Promenade Suite is open to under 18s, and features island support from DJ Matt Fletcher, and Soundcheck acts Mae Challis and Full Moon Fallout, who will appear with new member Krysia Fitzpatrick.
The teenage four-piece Dead Wolf Club comprise singer and guitarist John Othello, guitarist Alwin Fernandez, bassist Martha Supajirawatananon and drummer Serra Petalle.
In their own words they ‘specialise in loudness, quietness, darkness and light’, rising from the debris of smashed guitars, and drawing the bulk of their influences from ‘knitting, tea, comics, cardigans, Nintendo consoles and the crumbling city that is London’.
Hailing from the small Cornish village of Tintagel, which along with its nearby castle has long been associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, the band say they met on a flight to Paris.
Now based in London, recorded output has been prolific, with a self-titled debut album coming out in early 2012, which was followed by EP ‘News At 10’.
Their second album, RAR, is due for release on Monday, and is a post-punk stand-off between vented distorted aggression and moments of unsettling tranquillity; probably just what the band were aiming for.
Confrontational lyrics and shifting dynamics underpin much of the band’s music, lead by single Strange Letters released in January, including as a vinyl record.
Head to www.deadwolfclub.com for a taste of the band’s music ahead of tomorrow’s gig.
The Villa Marina date is the start of a short tour for Dead Wolf Club, which will also take the band across England and Scotland throughout February.
Tickets for the Douglas show are £4, concessions £3. They are available from.villagaiety.com or by calling the box office on 600555.