Albi & The Wolves Announce Single, "This Is War"
This Is War”, the new single from New Zealand Americana trio, Albi & The Wolves, rallies the frustrations of being taken advantage of by a person and makes a prolific stand, once and for all. The liberation of writing “This Is War” and its upbeat, churning grooves rise throughout the melody, sifting through the scattered ashes of an unhealthy relationship and walking away with dignity. “This Is War” is the title track off of the upcoming album, and is out June 17 on Second Hand Records.
The single is a rebellious mechanism for wiping the slate clean of a toxic person. “This Is War” provides a commotion of empowerment, as it guides its way through the terrifying, yet grounding experience of deciding to completely cutting someone out of the picture. Although the story is one of torment between two people, it is told with an energetic, dance-inducing burst of soulful sound. Using a meticulous production regimen with producer Scott Seabright, the rhythm section of “This Is War” was recorded in three different booths to capture the spirit and stamina that Albi & The Wolves bring on stage. The single starts and ends with a huge crescendo of winding violins, bolstering the tension before letting it all go and simmering in a pool of acoustic, earthy instrumentals. “This Is War” fights the internal war inside until reaching the finish line, where the resolution lies in finally deciding to part ways.
This Is War, the upcoming album from Albi & The Wolves is a culmination of three years of meeting people and telling their stories. The group worked with Seabright to meticulously discuss the production of this record and capture the energy of the band as they present their music to a live audience. This time around the sound is bigger, and each story resonates on a deeper level, as three years of gathering material would do. On This Is War, each band member has their own moment to shine. Vocal harmonies blend with each instrument to create an atmosphere well beyond the walls of a studio, and each voice stands out, but comes together with weaving violin in songs like “Waiting for a Train”, as piano is lifted and carried out with each melody to break the band’s creative boundaries. The album also features appearances by Aaron and Amy from Looking For Alaska on “I’d Go Anywhere,” a tale about heartbreak that came to be when promoting a show the groups were playing together. Renowned New Zealand banjo player, Nat Torkington, also performed on several tracks as did percussionist Helene Piper.
This Is War Tracklisting
- This Is War
- Closing Time
- Wayfaring Stranger
- Oh Father
- I’d Go Anywhere Ft Looking For Alaska
- Waiting For A Train
- It Ain’t Easy
- Something In The Way
About Albi & The Wolves
Each of the three members of Albi & The Wolves grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, but each with three vastly different backgrounds. From Switzerland to Texas, their upbringings combine to create a vast, ever-growing sound that reflects each of their experiences. Chris Dent (the proud albino front man, Albi), Pascal Roggen, and Micheal Young respectively contribute to the music from broadly different musical backgrounds. The band is renowned for their great stage presence and the motionless dynamic within their shows that they have evolved by touring New Zealand extensively. Albi & The Wolves have won the Best Folk Artist 2018 TUI at the New Zealand Music Awards for their debut album One Eye Open. So whether it’s Woodford Folk Festival in Brisbane, Australia, or a humble homestead in rural New Zealand, the band bring their world-class sense of humor and spirit with them wherever the music goes.