On the right side of Wolves in the Attic’s Bandcamp page it says, “No breath on Wolves in the Attic has been uttered without their undeniable link to the groove of the alternative 90s.” That statement made me wonder a bit if it was tongue in cheek, because they are so much more than a 90’s tribute act. I can see the influence, and I get where someone could see that, but it took me a few listens. I honestly picked up as much of a Cramps influence and even a bit of a Velvet Underground or Television influence. Not to mention, their sound fits in with the modern garage rock renaissance. Sure there are hints of Dinosaur Jr. or Archers of Loaf and early Foo Fighters mixed in. And the grunge influence on the instrumentals is obvious. But mostly Pink Mist is just a rock and roll album and does rock and roll things on its rock and roll tracks.
Wolves in the Attic are a three piece Des Moines band made up of some veteran and renowned musicians, Eric Moffitt, Chris Lachky and Trent Derby. The trio’s new EP, Pink Mist, is a six song set that showcases what their style. The style is loud and tempo quick. The tracks are hard and the guitar work is heavy, but in that J Mascis way where the notes are clear and delivered with skilled intent. The guitar is very noticeable in the recording, with riffs dominate throughout each track and often a screeching solo snuck in there as well.
It is really tough to pinpoint what tracks I like the best, is there is a definite similarity to them. Not in presentation, but in style and in attitude. I think my favorites are the musically devastating “Soft Machine” and “Oh Heaven” and the surprisingly beautiful “Aging”. All six are pretty incredible rock tracks. The EP is available for purchase on their Bandcamp page, or you could head out to Vaudeville Mews and pick one up there. – Dave Murphy, Desmoinesisnotboring.com