The Ghost Wolves are relentless creators, deeply rooted Texas rock n’ rollers, effervescent, indestructible punk voyagers who started their band in a damp Austin shack 11 years ago and have since grown it into a globally recognized underground musical force of nature. In a little over a decade, they have worked every angle of the independent music world, from releasing music on Third Man Records, collaborating on a multi-year long running clothing line with legendary Japanese fashion house Hysteric Glamour, having their songs used in film and TV by networks such as HBO, Showtime and Netflix, self-producing videos and records – all the while touring the world without repose.
Carley Wolf (guitar/vocals) and Jonny Wolf (drums/vocals) have played thousands of shows, appearing in every nook and cranny that live music can possibly be hosted in – caves, ancient Roman ruins, dungeons, caverns, gilded theaters, churches, sprawling Tokyo nightclubs, counterculture squats from Berlin to Milan, old barns in the midwestern USA, steamy basement shows and huge open air festival stages. Their music is transgressive, ferocious, unstoppable, and primarily based in blues, punk rock, rock n’ roll, early American music, trash, and noise music.
Attending a Ghost Wolves live show is an electrifying experience. A variety of instruments set the stage, with several flavors of guitars present, including a one string and a wolf head shaped 6 string that is half bass and half guitar. Jonny plays a stripped down vintage Japanese drum kit with an analog synthesizer and effects array set behind the floor tom. Carley floats across the stage, moving through the air in seemingly slow motion with her white cowgirl boots and custom leather outfit clinging to her lean frame. Her voice is naturally pitched Betty-Boop high, and her vocal lines soar over the muscular, distorted instrumental sounds coming from their amps and drums. The crowd surges, dances, sweats, roars, strips down and throws themselves directly into the band’s sonic detonations. And when the show is over, Carley and Jonny will reappear by the merchandise table with a real life pack of wolf-dog hybrids, 150 pounds, arctic white – their constant travel companions, security team and road crew, from which they draw their name. There is no other band like them in the known universe. This is a distinctive happening to behold. Everyone must see a Ghost Wolves show.
In 2020, Third Man Records, the eclectic Jack White helmed record label, released Crooked Cop/Day Will Follow Dawn, adding The Ghost Wolves to their roster of artists including luminaries such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, The Stooges, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, as well as contemporaries like Alabama Shakes, Dinosaur Jr., The Kills, The White Stripes and The Dead Weather.
The Ghost Wolves have opened tours for Wanda Jackson, All Them Witches, Bob Log III, Scott H. Biram, Alejandro Escovedo, The 69 Eyes, Drivin N’ Cryin and The Dead Boys. They have performed at international music festivals such as SXSW, Austin Psych Fest, Electric Picnic and Fusion Festival.
Their latest releases are a series of 7″ 45 RPM vinyls – Crooked Cop (Third Man 2019), Let’s Go To Mars (Dirty Water 2020), Ghost Series Vol 1. and Vol 2. (Old Faithful 2021) and Fast 2300 A.D. (Lunch 2021).
The Ghost Wolves are currently recording their third album at their home studio and hanging out with their rescue dogs – Sasha (130 pounds) and Dakota (150 pounds).
Carley Wolf plays Silvertone Guitars, Ewol Guitars, Eminence Speakers, Earthquaker Devices pedals. Jonny plays whatever dirty old drums he can get his paws on.
Band photo by GILES CLEMENT