Lunatic Wolf: a new adventure
Indie folk band Lunatic Wolf took the country by storm with their single “The Tallest Tree”. We spoke to band member Gavin van den Berg about their performance schedule for the rest of the year, and their upcoming music releases.
The band will be performing at Woodstock SA this September. What are your expectations for your set there?
We’ve all got fond memories of the Woodstock Heidelberg/Harties music festivals, so [we are] really chuffed to be playing Woodstock SA. The festival is now under new management with a fresh format but already loving the diversity of the line-up and stoked to be playing on the banks of the Hartbeespoort dam! Expect to hear songs off To the Adventure as well as a few new tracks from our forthcoming release that we’ve been working on.
What about the band’s expectations for the White Mountain Acoustic festival in KZN?
I have personally not attended or played White Mountain before but I’ve only heard good things about this festival. It’s set in a beautiful part of the country and recognised for its intimate and relaxed atmosphere…right up our alley! We will be performing as a six-piece in an acoustic setup, a first for us.
You guys have been in the process of writing some new material. Does it look like it might differ from To the Adventure so far?
Yes and no. We’re venturing a little bit outside of the indie folk-rock genre that we’ve become accustomed to, but still retaining the Lunatic Wolf sound (shuffling drum grooves, atmospheric keys and finger-picking acoustic guitars).
How does the band’s song writing process work?
Most of our songs start with a melody or musical idea. At this stage, all we have to work with is a basic chord structure and an unintelligible vocal line. From there, we prefer to flesh out the lyrics and build a chord structure (the overall theme or message of a song is very important to us, as is the general mood or feeling). We prefer to include all other elements once we have the basic flow of the song, so the arrangement usually comes last.
Where did the band draw inspiration from for the tracks on To The Adventure?
Much of the inspiration for the album was taken from everyday moments and the impact that those moments had on our personal lives. That said, we had a few glasses of Malbec to help us along.