Now active again releasing a couple of well received albums in the last few years, the Wolfhounds were a great 80s band who had one finger in C86 jangle and strum and another filthy finger in the noise rock of the likes of Sonic Youth. This album collects the band's three four song Peel Sessions on one LP showcasing the band at their most gritty and raw.
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The Wolfhounds were always one of my favourite C86 bands mainly because they were pretty angry. Singer Dave Callahan always sounded like he was a furious commuter who had accidentally wandered into the studio trying to get home from work. Like all bands of the era (except Felt) they were regularly invited to do sessions for the John Peel programme. Hands in the Till rounds up these performances which are even more scratchy and raw than their LP versions. Songs like 'Disgusted E7' (a classic the Wolfhounds title) shows how they can use interesting jazzy chords and structures within their indie thrashing.
The first two sessions are the sound of a band trying to get it together but by the third session recorded in January 1988 they are starting to become the finished product. It begins with a fascinating take on their brilliant 'Happy Shopper' single. Played about 15% slower, it's an alternative look at a song I must have played thousands of times. 'Son of Nothing' showcases the wild, strangulated sound they pursued on their 'Attitude' album.
With some bands (the Smiths, the Fall) the Peel sessions can be considered the definitive versions. For the Wolfhounds, these performances are more fan only, lacking the intensity ands colour of their studio recordings but still showcase the bands development in their early days.
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