The music of Werewolf Hair is wide reaching and genre-hopping in the best possible way. This is explained in his musical upbringing.
"My dad was a metalhead and a stoner. He played a lot of Sabbath, Stones, Bob Marley but ESPECIALLY the Grateful Dead. The dead was always playing in my household. Grandma turned me onto Bob Dylan and Springsteen. My other grandma who I spent a lot of time with was from Puerto Rico. She had big parties where the women would all play traditional instruments and sing/dance while the men smoked, drank and played dominos. Even though it doesn’t show in my music I really loved that as a kid."
Friends got him in to emo, electronic, hip hop and, naturally due to the Ann Arbor connection, Wolf Eyes were a big thing.
"I personally got really into old country-western music because I was enamored with the sound of those old recordings and also cause of my love for Dylan, The Dead, Neil Young and The Band. It was a natural progression for me. I also really love the replacements, The Cars, Sparklehorse and Neil Hagerty’s solo work"
Werewolf hair began when he was 21 and he's the only person who records in it. "I play the parts by myself at home or wherever I have my gear. There’s no real specific goal in mind, I just do what I’m able to do. However, with tracks like Tumble I had a solid vision of Aphex Twin being in a country band (haha). I’ll have different ideas like that when I start a new song"
This album is a collection of songs old and new and, much like the musical styles, the recordings themselves vary greatly. And with good reason.
"A lot of my first tape was recorded while couch surfing in Kalamazoo/living in hotel rooms/or staying in my girlfriends college dorm cause I was homeless for a while. I recorded a lot of those vocal parts in my car - I would drive to a Mcdonald’s parking lot or something like that and let it rip. I even did some guitar parts sitting at park benches if it wasn’t crowded. I’m not really proud of it but that’s just how it was."
This is where songs like Throw Me A Bone, Eviction, Crescent Moon and Muffler (I Don't Miss The Summer) came from. New songs like U Cry U Buy and Wall 2 Wall have a cleaner production.
John Dieterich of Deerhoof was brought on board to mix and master the record, to make the songs sit together, honour both recording styles, and make it all make sense. And boy has he ever. What we have here is a record that sits alongside the likes of Wowee Zowee, Workout Holiday and Set 'em Wild, Set 'em Free; a freewheeling joyride of psychedelic freakouts, tender guitar and walls of noise.
Released: April 2022
1. U Cry U Buy
2. Crescent Moon
4. New Shades Of Blue
6. Muffler (I Don't Miss The Summer)
8. Wall 2 Wall
9. Throw Me A Bone
10. Nothing Comes To Mind
11. Racing Spirit