Joyous Wolf – Mountain Man

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It’s safe to say that today’s youth, are more open-minded than ever. Even so, a great many of them have a taste for little more than what’s current on the charts when it comes to music. I remember being one of not more than three or four kids in my high school graduating class that had heard of bands like Nirvana and Pantera.

Sometimes, you find a young group that seems to be enamored with a genre or era from long before their time. This can be a shock to some belonging to the older generations. For me, it was the Grunge era, even though that style had died out a decade earlier.

Joyous Wolf is a band of guys in their early twenties (according to article from ocweekly.com) inspired by acts such as Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, and various other groups that made their mark in the industry years ago. Creative Control reviewed the debut EP Daisy last fall. Now, these southern California rockers are back with the new single Mountain Man released this past May.

Fans of that EP will most likely enjoy this single, as it doesn’t stray too far from the quartet’s formula. This new one screams early ‘70s blues-rock. Unlike a large portion of present-day music, the instrumentation is dynamic. The guitar loudly blasts the listener in the intro but then quiets down with some palm mutes at the start of the verse. Oddly enough, the loudest instrument in the verse seems to be the vocals, which gives off a feeling of the singer being directly in your face.

In his high frequency, raspy voice, Nick Reese proclaims himself the Mountain Man in the chorus with a stutter. “Who I am? M-M-M Mountain Man.” After the second chorus Reese is silenced by Blake Allard’s guitar solo. If you know anything about classic rock solos, they can be quite ostentatious and this one is no different. Allard’s solo lasts about 26 seconds and it sounds as if he’s practically moving up the entire neck of the guitar during this section. The sustained squeals here may render you incapable of taking notice.

A song like Mountain Man has the potential to appeal to older people who grew up listening to this genre and youth who enjoy more than the contemporary tunes of the moment. Songs like this ensure that classic rock has just as much of a future as it does a past.

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