INTERVIEW: WOLF & CUB RETURN FOR WINTERSTEADY II

It’s been four years since Wolf & Cub have played a gig in Adelaide, but they’re back as part of Music SA’s Umbrella: Winter City Sounds Festival this month.

In this lineup is the psychedelic rock festival Wintersteady II which Wolf & Cub are headlining.

The Upside News caught up with Wolf & Cub’s lead vocalist and guitarist Joel Byrne to talk about the return to their home state.

I first saw Wolf & Cub play back in the early 00’s at Supermild on Hindley Street when they were still in their preliminary stages of being a band. Since then they have released three stellar psych rock albums and travelled the world playing with rock heavyweights such as The Killers and Queens of the Stone Age.

“It’s funny, I’ve moved back to Adelaide after living in Sydney for four years and I’ve unintentionally been reconnecting with a lot of those early times.”

Through these old connections, Byrne jumped at the opportunity to headline Wintersteady II. They were approached last year but weren’t in an active band state but with some new music in the works, Byrne felt it was time.

“We weren’t doing anything because we were technically, kind of, quietly broken up… We didn’t really announce it… We came to the end of our album cycle, our last record and we all had high expectations because we really loved it and it didn’t meet the kind of expectations that we had.”

“Everyone was busy with other things and the wind just wasn’t in our sails anymore.”

When asked what drew him back to performing for Wintersteady II, Byrne said “We’re working on another record and it was just kind of serendipitous… Only in the last year we’ve actively decided to start doing it again and it just seemed like a good event to do… It feels like the kind of event we want to associate ourselves with.”

So what can fans expect to hear from Wolf & Cub’s show?

“At the very least there’s gonna be two new tracks because that’s really where our heads are at right now, working on the new stuff. And, you know, do a set that kind of picks from the best reference points from each album. I’m just looking forward to playing.”

“There’s a track called ‘Restless Sons’ off Science and Sorcery, our second record, which has kind of constantly been this evolving thing where it’s at the point where it’s never been better… It’s a song that everyone in the band looks forward to [playing].”

Wolf & Cub are tentatively set to start recording their new album in September so fans also have that to look forward to.

“I think the whole point is to just write decent songs. I’ve given more respect to the basic songwriting craft. I’m always trying to get better at that and it just seems to be the classic stuff is the best reference point. You’ve got The Stooges and MC5 and some Gong, you know. There’s always some psych influences to what we’re doing, because I like that nerdish, good quality, attention to detail that seems to be synonymous with psych rock.”

Other bands filling the bill at Wintersteady II include The Dunes, Glass Skies, and a two-piece called Party Dozen made up of a saxophonist and a drummer, among many more local and interstate acts.

The festival was a sell-out success in 2016 so don’t miss out this year!

Expanding across two venues at the Crown & Anchor and Exeter Hotels on Saturday, June 22 from 4.00pm – 11.30pm. Pick up your tickets to Wintersteady II here.