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Album Review

What's great about Wolfie is that their music isn't out to change the world; with song titles like "Hey It's Finally Yay," "Yeah Yeah You" and "Life Saver Socks," it's tough to take Awful Mess Mystery too seriously, which is precisely the point. Although the crunchy guitars and adenoidal vocals make comparisons to Superchunk inevitable, Wolfie still sound fresh, investing new life and energy into their time-tested boy-girl harmonies, cheesy synth lines and classic pop songs which average under the two-minute mark. Effervescent, guileless and relentlessly charming, Awful Mess Mystery is ultimately about nothing more than good, clean fun, and even if it won't change the world, it can't help but make it a better place to live.


Formed: 1996

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Another product of the indie pop hotbed of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Wolfie's origins date to the fall of 1991, when bassist/singer Joe Ziemba and singer/guitarist Mike Downey first met in high school. Despite common musical interests, both played in separate bands for the next few years, with Downey soon joining drummer R.J. Porter in Plain Jane; at age 17, Ziemba also issued a self-released solo tape called Slackjawed. In 1995, he recruited both Downey and Porter to perform live in a band also...
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