The name Wolves In Argyle represents survival instinct. The band hail from The Oakland, California and their music has been compared to the Queens of The Stone Age and The Damned. As a lifelong punk rocker, Dave Holmes formed a band of musicians to create Wolves In Argyle to resolve a personal crisis.
The band’s debut album is titled Dangereux and is produced by alt-rock stalwarts Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney) and Tad Doyle (TAD). The 9-song album promises to deliver a combination of punk, grunge, desert rock, and 1990’s Sub Pop alt-rock. Dave Holmes explains his feeling behind the album:
“Writing this music was a huge catalyst to heal from an emotional rollercoaster and get my identity back. It was a better outlet than therapy, ”The first track is ‘Dangereux’ which kicks off with a screaming guitar and heavy rock attitude which smacks of early Nirvana and will please those who like thrashing fast and furious rock. This particular track was produced by Jack Endino and Tad Doyle. This is a dirty rock sound based on grunge and blended with punk to create a sound that the band call they call “KeroRuak,” (as in the author Jack Kerouac). This music is in a vein suitable for lovers of the mosh pit or you could call this ‘Mosh Pit lite.’ The sound is heavy but has the commercial potential that Nirvana enjoyed in the nineties.
The Track ‘Next to you’ moves at a slower and more romantic pace and is essentially a grunge love song. The stand out track for me on this album is ‘Beautiful Losers’ as it perfectly adopts a Nirvana stance but mixes it skilfully with a new take on grunge which the Wolves in Argle make all their own.
If you are a fan of early grunge and raw music that pulls no punches you will enjoy ‘The Wolves of Argle.’