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The Castle

Wolf Colonel

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Album Review

The Castle delivers more of Wolf Colonel's entertaining, unpretentious indie rock. As with Vikings of Mint, the Guided by Voices influence stays strong on songs like "Sabotage the Alley," "Pet You Over," and "He Goes Places No One Goes," but, once more, Wolf Colonel finds more fun and liveliness in this sound than Bob Pollard and company do currently. Regardless of what inspired them, the shifting tempos and free-falling guitar lines on "Is This What We Asked For?" and "Fantasy Soccer"'s shiny harmonies and guitars are winningly exuberant. Though The Castle doesn't mark a huge departure from Wolf Colonel's other releases, it's still a completely enjoyable collection of dyed-in-the-wool indie rock.

Biography

Formed: 1996

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Portland punk-pop quartet Wolf Colonel began on the campus of Lewis and Clark College in the fall of 1996 as the solo acoustic project of singer/guitarist Jason Anderson; inspired by a recent Elliott Smith gig, he began regularly performing around campus, even hosting a number of early dates in his dorm room. While at a Halo Benders date, Anderson met K Records honcho Calvin Johnson, to whom he began sending self-released cassettes like Sex Riot and This Is Compton; upon adding bass and drums to...
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