ARTIST: Company Of Wolves
ALBUM: Steryl Spycase
LABEL: Ryf Records
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Kyf Brewer - vocals, organ, drums * Steve Conte - guitars * John Conte - bass
TRACK LISTING: 01 Institution * 02 Rocks In Your Head * 03 Dance Yourself Stupid * 04 Damned * 05 The Ballad Of Sailor Jack And Georgie * 06 Skin To Skin * 07 Same Way Out (That You Came In) * 08 Rhythm And Booze
An enjoyable romp of rock and rhythm/blues from this resurrected outfit from years gone by. Formed around the talented Kyf Brewer, some of you will remember his brief foray with his earlier band The Ravyns
. COW was his second coming, and though signed with a big label, the band's timing was a bit unfortunate. Their classic rock sound and hard rockers image combined with the downward trend of popularity of the genre saw Company Of Wolves stranded high and dry. it's not as if Kyf has been inactive. 1998 saw the release of a demo CD 'Shakers And Tambourines' plus involvement with other projects since then.
With eight new songs, Kyf and the boys turn up to play with some rebel rousing attitude. By the way, isn't it a great name for a album, a good play on words? There's more than a hint to our friend Mick Jagger
and his beloved Rolling Stones
. Throw in a bit of Black Crowes
and some of Kyf's earlier material and you're very much in the zone. Mostly it's upbeat and energetic, and I reckon this material would go down very well live. 'Institution' opens the account with some weird voiceover effects before settling into some hard edged rock a la INXS
and Glen Stace
. 'Rocks In Yo Head' passes a few favors to the afrorementioned Black Crowes
while 'Damned' is another crunchy rocker with a heavy blues groove. the acoustic ballad 'The Ballad Of Sailor Jack And Georgie' sees Kyf veer into John Mellancamp
territory, before crossing back over the border for the superb 'Skin To Skin', a brooding melodic rocker. 'Same Way Out' sees COW slow up again, but the melodies and slinky guitar moves from Steve Conte are a highlight. The fun continues on the appropriately named 'Rhythm And Booze'. I can already see the spillage from here thanks!
Admittedly the sound and approach is nothing new, but when it's done this well, it's easy to appreciate class when you hear it. A welcome return for a band which initially promised much nearly a decade ago, and who prove that time and distance are no match for quality and perserverance.
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