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DeWolff release the second single »Counterfeit Love« taken from their upcoming album »Love, Death & In Between«

Dutch psychedelic southern rockers DeWolff have revealed the second single »Counterfeit Love« taken from their upcoming album, »Love, Death & In Between«, set to release on February 3rd, 2023 via Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group.

Says the band: “»Counterfeit Love« is a song all about fake love. Where does it come from? What is it worth? Where can you spend it? How can you spot it? Held up to the light it might show its color shifting truth! Like all the rest of the album, everything you hear was recorded live in one take to analog tape at the Kerwax Studio in France. It’s got a blistering Hammond solo that was conceived at the very last minute and it might just be the most Zeppelin-esque thing we ever recordedListen to this baby here!”

01. Night Train
02. Heart Stopping Kinda Show
03. Will O’ The Wisp
04. Jacky Go To Sleep
05. Rosita
06. Mr. Garbage Man
07. Counterfeit Love
08. Message For My Baby
09. Gilded (Ruin Of Love)
10. Pure Love
11. Wontcha Wontcha
12. Queen Of Space & Time

Courtesy of Mascot Label Group:

DeWolff are not a band to sit still. They thrive on constant motion. From psychedelic southern rock warriors to emissaries of soul.

They’ve released five albums in the last four years, with 2021s »Wolffpack« becoming their highest charting record, reaching #2 in their native Netherlands, only missing out to Foo Fighters for the #1 spot.

»Love, Death & In Between« is a reaction to their previous two studio albums. »Tascam Tapes«, which was recorded on the road with a four-track cassette recorder from the 1980s and the socially distanced recording of »Wolffpack«. “For this, we wanted to do something with people, as many people as possible,” singer/guitarist Pablo van de Poel says.

The lightning strike moment for »Love, Death & In Between« came via Memphis. “In 2019, I attended a sermon by Al Green at his own church, and it was a life-changing experience, musically,” Pablo remembers. “I was in there for one minute, and I was crying.

He would be talking about someone who can’t pay their bills and would say, ‘I call up to the almighty saviour to help her.’ It was met with the sound of ‘Yeaaah! Yeaaah’s!’ The band would play two chords, which was beautiful. I was intensely touched by it.

It left a profound impact on me. I wanted to do something like that at a live show, but we didn’t have any songs that fit. When we started writing, I wanted to do something like that, an almost religious experience. Because, after all, music does feel like a religion to us. It’s something that’s in our minds all the time. It’s what we dedicate our whole lives to.”

Photos by Satellite June

In May 2022, they went to Kerwax, an analogue studio in the village of Loguivy-Plougras in Brittany. “We thought, let’s go on an adventure,” he says. Located in North-western France and surrounded by forests, they retreated to the residential studio for two weeks, engulfed in vintage recording equipment from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Recording live to tape, with no overdubs, brothers Pablo (guitar/vocals) and Luka van de Poel (drums/vocals) alongside Robin Piso (Hammond/Wurlitzer) were joined by a host of friends for the recordings. “We brought extra people and wanted their signature on it. Playing with ten people in one room is chaotic. Every take you do, somebody is not satisfied with how they play. But you realise what is important about a take.”

Everything was recorded fully analogue and directly to tape, no computers were used in the making of the album. The tapes were then sent to a mastering engineer who cut it straight to a lacquer that was used for the vinyl pressing – even this mastering and cutting was done fully analogue.

The themes on the album were partly inspired by novels from 20th-century American authors, particularly John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat. “There is a quote from him, ‘The good story lay in half-told things which must be filled in out of the hearer’s own experience,’ and that was something I really wanted to do with lyrics on this record.”

At the same time, the band were deep diving into old soul and R&B records – Sam Cooke, The Impressions, The Coasters, The Clovers, Ray Charles and Little Richard, as well as a heavy dose of gospel – The Soul Stirrers, Al Green and early records by The Staple Singers.

»Counterfeit Love«, wears its heart on its sleeve, whereas the 16-minute »Rosita« shows their progression. “How I want to write now, is more reflected in songs like this,” he says. “I wanted those lyrics to feel like a story, but also a journey within itself.”

»The Queen Of Space And Time« follows the same character, “I wrote that in a dream,” he laughs. “It’s the same person. A god-like female figure that controls all kinds of crazy dark stuff. Also, with Rosita, the only way to be with her is to be asleep or dead, so it’s a combination of love and death. That’s where the album name comes from.”

“Heart Stopping Kinda Show« is how I see life,” he says. “Life is the heart-stopping kinda show. I was writing with ‘Tortilla Flat’ in mind. These characters are not constantly overthinking things; they live, drink wine, and have these beautiful moments. They are doing the ultimate living. In the song, I wanted to describe the things in life that are beautiful.” »Will O’ The Wisp« has a seductive darkness, whilst “Night Train«, »Message for my Baby«, and »Wontcha Wontcha« are joyous roof-raisers.

Out of the rural surroundings of Brittany, DeWolff left with twelve songs, over four tapes, with friends, having fun and remembering what is most important to them. On a diet of Al Green, Sam Cooke, and John Steinbeck, they’ve created some of their most soulful but rousing music. When they sing, “Hey there baby won’t you come on in, I got plenty of old records that we can play, some rhythm & blues, some old rock ‘n roll, yes, the type of stuff that can save a soul”, you better get ready for that heart-stopping kinda show.

Order / stream:

Tour Dates:
17 Nov – Tøjhuset, Fredericia, DK
18 Nov – Tobakken, Esbjerg, DK
05 Jan – Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
03 Feb – Effenaar Eindhoven, NL
04 Feb – Muziekgieterij, Maastricht, NL
09 Feb – Annabel, Rotterdam, NL
11 Feb – Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, NL
13 Feb – Fraanz Club, Berlin, DE
14 Feb – Bahnhof Pauli, Hamburg, DE
16 Feb – De Oosterpoort, Groningen, NL
17 Feb – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, NL
18 Feb – AB, Brussels, BE
22 Feb – Factoria Cultural, Avilés, ES
23 Feb – Sala Mon, Madrid, ES
24 Feb – Rock & Blues Café, Zaragoza, ES
25 Feb – Upload, Barcelona, ES
26 Feb – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, ES
28 Feb – La Maroquinerie, Paris, FR
02 Mar – 100 Club, London, UK

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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