Message from Six Pack of Wolves about CD 4 Launch Party B:
Six Pack of Wolves loved playing at the Hard Rock Café – not just because it was The Underground Compilation CD release but also because we got to headline the first ever live show at the new venue (and thanks to Adrian Helter Skelter for the lend of a sexy keyboard)!
We hadn’t played a live show in a while, so we gave our set 110% and tested out a new song on the audience, which included a good mix of our die-hard fans and a lot of new faces – something you can always rely on at an Underground event.
It was a great night – the only problem we had was getting off stage to let the House band play!
– Six Pack of Wolves
Live review from Underground 96:
1. A Little Bit of Hell
5. Lost in a Myth
7. Dagger-sharp Wits
9. Losing Streak
10. Money (The David Bowie Knives cover)
Ever since seeing their description of themselves, which reads like an angry Gen-X malcontent’s manifesto, I’d been curious to hear what they sound like. The set began with some yelling at the “SOUND GUY!!” to adjust the levels. With no time wasted, they moved into the murky, heavy opening to A Little Bit of Hell, complete with aggro-filled vocals and guitars that clock you upside the head. Regretmenots was prefaced by the highly informative comment “This song is about…two and a half minutes long” from singer/guitarist Art, while the song swung between NY punk to slower, more eclectic areas. They were, unfortunately, repeatedly stricken with sound issues, but somehow that did not detract from their act – probably due to all the witty repartee that resulted from it.
The songs were a cool mix of punk speed, with the aggression mostly substituted with the cynicism of 90s alt.-rock; there were even hints of jazz, added by the keyboards. The misleading “sweetness” of the music was sarcastic in its delivery, increasing the intrigue of their sound, such as with Lost in a Myth. The proficient guitars of Art ripped through the songs, with little regard for genre, complemented by Tiffany’s smooth basswork. However, to me, the standout work was from drummer Gabe. Already known to be super, he had the extremely difficult job of constantly switching styles and gears; a job that he was more than up to, even if he did miss a couple of beats here and there.
The presence of Shaun from the David Bowie Knives in the audience meant that he was inevitably going to end up on stage at some point. And, so he did at the end, playing DBK’s Money, to “fix the fact that they are not playing tomorrow” (at the “Music for Your Marrow” gig). And, as expected it was an idea as good in concept as in execution; Shaun added another dimension to the Wolves’, with the assured presence of the veteran singer. Mixed with a catchy guitar solo, the song finished the set with the audience in the best possible mindset – wantin’ more.