ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Wolf People "Fain" 2013 Album Review

Updated on June 15, 2014
Wolf People "Fain" 2013
Wolf People "Fain" 2013

Wolf People's Fain

Many bands are churning out sludgy guitar rock with the prerequisite “classic stoner” sound, I will give credit to Wolf People for this attempt to be true to a sound. Wolf People has a sound that is a sum of many vintage sounding parts yet serves them all while being timeless..

You may hear “Benefit” era Jethro Tull within the lenses of Sea Change's Beck and Nigel Goodrich. Perhaps you can hear Traffic and Black Sabbath drinking tea and sharing secrets with Radiohead in the Bends era. Many conclusions and comparisons can be drawn, but the band, Wolf People, has its craft in hand and the music has become their own.

The proof is in the pudding. Listen and tell.

I have a large respect for the way this record is put together and engineered. All instruments can be heard well and serve the track, with guitars panned and mirrored, ambient chants lurking in and out and the bass and drums sounding out clear and natural. Even with overdubbing present, it is very apparent that this is a band playing their hearts out.

photo: Behind the Wall of Sleep
photo: Behind the Wall of Sleep | Source

In all honesty, the huge and ancient sounding instrument that is Jack Sharp’s voice is what draws the listener in. Sure, his voice sounds similar to Ian Anderson's (Jethro Tull) but in some ways it rings larger and more mysterious. The guitars are well layered to embellish the vocals both sharing the sonic space and when leading the band. Often the dancing leads and thundering bass sing what the vocals do not. Many of the instrumental lines sound like hymns and jigs combined into one.

BTR Live 2013

The record in a nutshell...

Within the 44 minutes of music on Fain, the density of ideas can be claustrophobic for listeners not interested in pouring over the tracks. Much like the music of Pink Floyd, many times the guitar lines are what you are left singing after the record is done. There is lots of melodies to catch, but if the listener is not interested in hearing music that doesnt grab you by the neck, many people will bail before the music seeps in. In my opinion, it is the music that challenges the listener to keep listening and catch new things on every listen that are worth listening to.

Wolf People photo; Ben Etridge
Wolf People photo; Ben Etridge | Source


The brainchild of singer and guitarist Jack Sharp, Wolf People started in 2005 when Sharp recorded a demo album in the English town of Bedford. Named after the children’s book Little Jacko and the Wolf People, the band is a throwback to the bluesy psychedelia of Cream, Traffic, and early Jethro Tull, tackling the sounds of the past with a kind of nostalgic reverence. To fill out the lineup, Sharp recruited drummer Tom Watt, guitarist Joe Hollick, and bassist Dan Davies. The band released a few singles and EPs before pulling off a bit of a coup on the other side of the pond, becoming the first British band to sign to the indie label Jagjaguwar. Wolf People had a busy release year in 2010, putting out both the Tidings collection and their first proper album, Steeple. The more theatrical and psych-touched sophomore album Fain arrived in 2013.

Allmusic Bio 'Wolf People"

Rated 9/10 "Superb"

What is your rating of "Fain" ?

See results

© 2014 David Hamilton

What Do You Think?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)