Hard rockers WolveSpirit want to "Change The World" – and release an album that delivers on this promise
WolveSpirit live and breathe music – literally. For ten years now, the band from Würzburg, Germany has been living together on their own property, with their days revolving entirely around their art and independence. It’s palpable in their work, too: Hard rock has rarely sounded so coherent in terms of sound, composition, and emotion.
"Change The World" will be the name of WolveSpirit's new studio album. On it, you will find straight rockers and classic hard rock material, with clever and powerful blues influences as well as carefully balanced country interludes. Just like Blues Pills, Kadavar, Graveyard, or other representatives of the latest generation of rock ’n' roll, WolveSpirit are eagerly exploring the colorful history of rock music and distilling it into their own sound.
"We didn't know what was in store for the world."
While writing songs for their sixth opus, however, the band had no idea how much the album title would resonate with everyone's desires after a trying 2020. "I swear, at the time we didn't know what was in store for the world," singer Debbie Craft laughs. "Still, the whole album is about change. The lyrics are mostly mine, they're about how we as humans should finally make peace with each other because otherwise, we'll destroy the planet. We need people to wake up now and put an end to all the hate and all the wars. Tolerance is key. With each other, not against each other. It's about transformation. We are abusing the planet, we are abusing the animals. These are facts. We have to stop doing that. And we cannot lose hope."
The Bavarian group sounds as fresh and vibrant as ever, proving once again their keen sense for writing and arranging songs as well as unleashing the fundamental power of their music. What wants out, comes out - as real, genuine rock will have it.
A legendary place of production
This authenticity is reflected in the sound, too, since the album was produced at Southern Ground Studios Nashville. The storied record factory is revered for good reason: Luminaries like Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Willie Nelson, Rival Sons, and Jerry Lee Lewis have all recorded legendary material within the hallowed halls. And hallowed they are – the high-end studio complex is housed in an old church building. The result: a sound of the finest quality, whether it’s opener "Don't You Know" or "Hells Bells Are Ringing", classic material like "Drown You Down" or the ballad-like climax "Fallen".
"We were actually going to record another album in Nashville in 2020, but that obviously didn't work out," Deborah reports. "Additionally, we had scheduled countless live shows. Those were canceled, just like they were for everyone else. As a band, we immediately asked ourselves what steps we could take next. We didn't want to simply press pause, of course, so we got more involved in media. We use Facebook and YouTube, do live streams, and put all of our energy into digital content as well as songwriting." As keyboard player Oliver Wolfhart explains, this will also serve as their path forward: "We've expanded our studio and invested in video equipment so we can release more professional clips."
The studio is located within WolveSpirit's headquarters in Würzburg, which consists of two commercial buildings and a residential home. Here, the group can let off steam; Debbie devotes herself to her paintings in a dedicated workshop. The goal: independence, community, and enough time for creativity. "I hardly ever have to leave our complex," explains Oliver. "This way we can focus on music completely."
From Hammond organ to today: WolveSpirit take their cue from "Rock’s finest"
When the band does leave the comfort of their home, it's for life "on the road". In 2014 and 2015, for example, WolveSpirit traveled through Europe with larger-than-life Uriah Heep, followed by numerous extensive tours throughout Germany. Singer Debbie knows this restless lifestyle: "I'm a typical American army brat," she says. "My father was stationed partly in this country, partly in the States. During one of my stays in Germany, I started looking for musicians to form a band. I found Oliver and his brother Richy – and that's how WolveSpirit was born."
Oliver recalls: "I started out playing classical tunes. I even studied musicology and composition, while Rio trained as a classical guitarist. Then, we stumbled across bands like Kansas and Deep Purple. That’s also when I discovered the Hammond organ. As time goes on, you learn about a variety of bands, which I think is reflected in our sound. You have all these different elements, whether it’s classics like Led Zeppelin or heavier metal sounds. A few nineties groups have also found their way in there, like Monster Magnet or Nirvana."
Their singer cites similar influences, but encountered them in a different way: "I covered songs for years, and that did a lot for me. In my old band, everyone was ten years older than me, and they showed me the Rolling Stones and Bob Seger. Later, metal joined the mix, and that also had a big impact on me. That was the beginning. I don't like to commit myself to any direction in particular and always wanted to write my own songs anyways. So that's why I joined forces with Oliver and Richy."
„We have arrived now."
As far as the line-up is concerned, WolveSpirit have changed quite a bit during the past few years. For the first time, the band can now rest assured that absolutely everything fits, especially the attitude. "It's been hard to find musicians who want to work hard and bring the necessary energy," Debbie explains. "You have to do so much. We release albums regularly, write countless songs, and generally strive to work as hard as we can. We really want to live rock music, and sometimes that's not easy." Thanks to bassist Marco Tullius and drummer Martin Monroe, the band now features a rhythm section that really fits the band. "We've arrived where we belong now," notes the singer. Perfect conditions for a new album.
Consistently working together, fully focused on the music, and doing it on their own terms: For WolveSpirit, it’s all in, now more than ever. Stopping to catch their breath? Sometimes, but not often. "Change The World" proves that hard rock can sound authentic and cohesive even in the 21st century, and still blow minds everywhere. That’s what you get when you live and breathe music.
Martin The Animal
Organ / Keys