Originally formed as teenagers in 1984, The Wolfhounds appeared on the legendary and influential C86 cassette, and released four critically acclaimed LPs and many singles before disbanding in 1990, after touring the UK and Continent extensively, on their own and with The Wedding Present, House of Love, My Bloody Valentine and McCarthy, among others.
The band reformed in 2006 at the invitation of St Etienne's Bob Stanley to celebrate 20 years since their debut release and C86 at the ICA in London, and since 2012 they have been recording and releasing new material. The band are an acknowledged influence on the ongoing history of underground guitar music including such as Nirvana and Manic Street Preachers as well as numerous modern indie-pop and post-punk bands, but their own music is a more awkward and perversely tuneful affair.
The recent Middle Aged Freaks album and reissued 1987 debut Unseen Ripples From A Pebble have both received further critical plaudits and numerous plays on BBC 6Music to the present. Each of their new singles has received excited responses and are now sold out. A new LP is due in October 2016, and the band will be performing several songs from this at ATP, along with selected oldies.
In the last two years the band have played New York Popfest, Berlin Popfest, the Scared To Get Happy box-set and C86 reissue launch nights, as well as their own club dates. However, despite their history, the band are not content with looking backwards. The 13 songs on Middle Aged Freaks see a band matching and surpassing their original recordings with a born-again fervour - no mean feat, given their consistent 1980s output. They are in the midst of their 30th anniversary but the recent releases and live dates have proved they can give any band half their age a run for their money.
Current members are David Callahan: vocals, guitar; Andy Golding: guitar, vocals; Richard Golding: bass; Pete Wilkins: drums.
Press from 2014/2015 on new CD Middle Aged Freaks and reissued debut LP/CD Unseen Ripples From A Pebble, both released January 2015.
"Fantastically caustic ... always tougher and more canny than their peers" - Uncut, Feb 2015.
"It makes for an incredibly thrilling journey" - Mojo, Feb 2015.
"The 'Hounds' bark was frequently matched by their bite" - Record Collector Xmas 2014.
"Since their reformation in 2005, they've continued to develop their sound without losing the fury that made their songs so memorable the first time round" - Sounds XP website Dec 2014 (plus no3 in best reissues and no20 in best tracks of the year in the end of the year poll)
"Well worth your time and money" - Flipside Dec 2014.