Interview With Joana & The Wolf
FOLK-TINTED FABLES WHICH HAUNT, HOLLER, STAGGER AND WHOOP
Joana & The Wolf are a London four-piece fronted by Lithuanian singer-songwriter Joana Glaza. Their story begins several years ago when a girl with a penchant for Russian folk and Maria Callas came to London, fell in love with rock music – her forbidden fruit; the music that was banned in the East – embraced it with the passion of a first love and managed to find three musical soulmates to join her on a sonic journey. Since then they have released a string of critically lauded singles, appeared at Bestival, Great Escape, Camden Crawl and Big Chill, supported Pete Doherty and James Dean Bradfield, toured across Europe and never looked back. As if that wasn’t enough Joana even found time to sing vocals on the title track of Kasabian’s Empire LP.
Last year Joana & The Wolf joined forces with producer Jerome Pijon who helped to evolve and unify their sound. As a result their new single (Hide Me) is out today (you can hear it here). Recorded at the renowned Fortress Studios in London it is a powerful statement of intent. From the off, the stripped back riff punctuates the mesmerising inflection in Joana’s voice whilst layered guitars build and sit perfectly over the driving beat whilst clever use of delay and a huge vocal delivery explode into an anthemic finale. On the flipside Vagabond Song – with its folk- tinged ethereal vibe – shines a different light on the band. The luscious soundscape strikes a cinematic counterpoint to Hide Me whilst giving a nod to Joana’s folk roots.
You can download another track (Tiger) here for nowt. Be sure to crack it on when you peruse these photos that Joana took for us as I’m sure you’ll agree the imagery is faithful to the aura which the band project. Having already wowed festival audiences across Europe, and with media attention gaining momentum, it’s clear that 2011 is going to be a big year for Joana & The Wolf.