Funny what a little added impetus can do for you. Not unlike our own 24 Hour Songwriting Challenge, Indianapolis-based musician Adam Gross was tasked with contributing to a one off cassette comp celebrating the 2013 Spring Equinox. And just like that, S.M. Wolf was born.
Recording on a 4-track reel-to-reel, over a worthily re-appropriated Bee Gees tape, Gross walked away with 7 new songs in only a week’s time. When the buzz and demand for more from the initially bedroom exclusive project came through, S.M. Wolf began to take more formal shape with the added talents of Ben Leslie (bass), Melanie Rau (drums) and Rachel Enneking (keys).
After touring extensively, Gross began work on the band’s debut LP, with three songs on the Canine Country Club split already released earlier this May. Embracing the S.M. Wolf’s humble origins, Gross self-recorded Neon Debris on an 8-track reel-to-reel.
The lead single off of the forthcoming LP, “We All Decided No,” recently landed with plenty of S.M. Wolf’s charming, roiling psych-pop trumped up with fuller production on the back end. The Unicorns comparison is right there at surface level, but what Gross and co accomplish, or at least, tease here has a powerfully fuzz-out weight all its own.
Stream S.M. Wolf’s “We All Decided No” below and look for Neon Debris via Jurassic Pop + In Store Recordings out November 7th.