Knar BedianRaspy Rock: Wolf Gang Jon Simmons September 18, 2014 Concert Reviews, Featured, Reviews 1 Comment 9/12/14 – Brighton Music Hall British alt-rockers, Wolf Gang, find a home away from home in Brighton Music Hall, having visited the venue three times in the band’s young career. Last Friday they made it four. The room still echoed from Sir Sly, co-headliner for the night, and the crowd was more talkative than a troop of chimpanzees. Unfortunately, when the lights dimmed for Wolf Gang, only half the audience remained. After bursting onto the stage and playing “Black River,” lead singer Max McElligott rasped that the band had to cancel last night’s show because his voice was shot. It was clear from song one that McElligott’s voice still wasn’t back to normal, his falsettos faint and trailing off, his sustained notes breaking apart. Even with the help of backing vocals, it was often difficult to hear the lyrics. The sound guy should have turned him up in the mix. Or at least handed him a Ricola. What Wolf Gang lacked in vocal presence, they made up for in energy, their bassist jumping around stage, jamming with the drummer and keys player on tracks like “Stay and Defend,” definitely a syncopated David Byrne-/Talking Heads-influenced melody. The band is at their best performing upbeat, hook-driven songs, and is perhaps at a disadvantage in their live shows because of the superb production on their recorded material. Suego Faults, Wolf Gang’s 2011 debut album, was co-produced by the great Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Weezer). As Wolf Gang played ballad and title track, “Suego Faults,” images of middle school dances in gymnasiums came to mind. A few people even turned to their partner and began slow dancing. All that was left was for them to call their parents for a ride home. When the group got around to playing their hit, “Lions in Cages,” only a few rows of people were there to hear it. After a one-song encore, people stepped into the cool night and patted their pockets for a cigarette. Raspy Rock: Wolf GangProsEnergetic bassist Played catchy, clappable pop songsConsLead singer’s voice was shot from recent showsAfter Sir Sly, half the crowd left; the ones that remained talked through the show6.9Raspy RockShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) One Response Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/20/2014 - Sound of Boston September 20, 2014 […] Raspy Rock: Wolf Gang […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.