The Wolf You Feed by Riverboat Gamblers on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a clean early punk sound not terribly removed from bands like Social Distortion and Gang Green, Texas’ own Riverboat Gamblers have been around just more than a decade, and their melodic but aggressive sound is at its best on The Wolf You Feed. After turning down the fury dial from “scorching hot” to “toasty warm” on their previous outing (Underneath the Owl), it’s nothing but good news here, with the energy level back up at the high end of the dial. Songs like “Bite My Tongue” and “Soliloquy” reek of garage fumes and recall The Hives or International Noise Conspiracy. A little slower and with a different flavor of swagger, “Comedians” and “Dead Eyes” are hard-hitting jabs of power rock, while tunes like “Good Veins” and “Blue Ghosts” are pristine examples of the Gamblers’ finely pointed, moshpit-focused punk rock. It's modern enough to sound new and exciting but clearly rooted in the best purveyors of the first wave. Producer/musician Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, Gaslight Anthem), Mark Ryan (Mind Spiders), and engineer Stuart Sikes (White Stripes) all contributed their estimable skills to this fine collection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a clean early punk sound not terribly removed from bands like Social Distortion and Gang Green, Texas’ own Riverboat Gamblers have been around just more than a decade, and their melodic but aggressive sound is at its best on The Wolf You Feed. After turning down the fury dial from “scorching hot” to “toasty warm” on their previous outing (Underneath the Owl), it’s nothing but good news here, with the energy level back up at the high end of the dial. Songs like “Bite My Tongue” and “Soliloquy” reek of garage fumes and recall The Hives or International Noise Conspiracy. A little slower and with a different flavor of swagger, “Comedians” and “Dead Eyes” are hard-hitting jabs of power rock, while tunes like “Good Veins” and “Blue Ghosts” are pristine examples of the Gamblers’ finely pointed, moshpit-focused punk rock. It's modern enough to sound new and exciting but clearly rooted in the best purveyors of the first wave. Producer/musician Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, Gaslight Anthem), Mark Ryan (Mind Spiders), and engineer Stuart Sikes (White Stripes) all contributed their estimable skills to this fine collection.

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About Riverboat Gamblers

The Riverboat Gamblers rocked their way out of the university town of Denton, Texas, in September 2001 with the "Jenna Is a No Show" 7". It's unclear how the vinyl sliver was able to effectively harness the sonic fury that the Gamblers' legendary UNT house party live act had become; nevertheless, an instant classic was born. A Tim Kerr-produced eponymous LP followed on Vile Beat; it poured a pint of whiskey on an already raging rock & roll fire. Led by the whooping vocals of Teko (Mike Wiebe), the band also featured guitarists Freddy Castro (Fadi El-Assad) and Colin Ambulance (Colin James), bassist Spider (Pat Lillard), and drummer Jesse 3X (Jesse Hamilton). Like their peers in the Catheters and Tight Bros from Way Back When, the Riverboat Gamblers reveled in flailing 1970s cock rock and cared little for subtlety. Despite rabid major-label interest (in part derived from a typically incendiary set at the 2003 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas), the band signed with rawking indie powerhouse Gearhead, which quickly issued the Something to Crow About LP in June 2003. Extensive touring commenced in the summer of that year, logging time with MC5, Burning Brides, and Flogging Molly along the way. The Riverboat Gamblers signed with Volcom Entertainment in April 2005, spent time on the summer's Warped Tour, and released To the Confusion of Our Enemies in April 2006. By this time, Wiebe, Castro, and Lilliard were rounded out on guitar by Ian McDougall and, eventually, drummer Mark Baker. This lineup only lasted a few more tours, as by March 2007, while on the road with Against Me!, former Gorilla Biscuit Luke Abbey was enlisted to take over the drum kit. After a somewhat tame 2009 release titled Underneath the Owl, the group attempted a muscular return with 2012's The Wolf You Feed. ~ Johnny Loftus

  • ORIGIN
    Denton, TX
  • FORMED
    1997

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