â€śA picture says a thousand words,â€ť as the phrase goes. If thatâ€™s true, then AIDS Wolf has enough to fill a book. You have to respect a band that isnâ€™t afraid to have ONLY pictures of naked people in their CD booklet and CD cover. You have to give the band more credit when their press photo is in the nude, and their female singer looks pretty damn good.
Their â€śbareâ€ť essentials (pun intended) take on music is an interesting one. The music is filled with high-pitch drones, lots of feedback, and â€śstripped downâ€ť (again) instrumentation. It would fit nicely as the soundtrack to a psychological thriller movie montage. This isnâ€™t a disc I would throw on if I was on a road trip with friends, or playing video games, or any normal day activities. I would throw this on if I was watching a scary movie in a dark room by myself, or during Halloween. It gives me the chills in a freaked out and paranoid way. Itâ€™s almost haunting, like I might have nightmares tonight because of this album. AIDS Wolfâ€™s recent release of The Lovvers LPhas found itâ€™s way into my Top 10 â€śAlbums I Really, Really Need To Be In The Mood To Hearâ€ť list.
The music is in no way evil though. The lyrics donâ€™t scare me, but thatâ€™s because I canâ€™t understand whatâ€™s being said at all. I kind of wish I had a lyric sheet; Iâ€™m interested in what words are piercing my cerebellum and driving me to insanity. The best way to describe the vocals would be to use the name of the band- it sounds like the singer is a howling wolf who is dying of AIDS. The music is pretty simplistic droney, noise rock; I think I could join the band. In fact, it sounds like 9 year old kids on acid could make this music. Which makes me wonder, isnâ€™t it that much cooler?
I have to give these Canucks a lot of credit though. Arlen Thompson, drummer of one of the biggest NEW bands of 2005 recorded the album. His band name has one word in common with AIDS Wolf, and Iâ€™ll give you a hint- itâ€™s not â€śAIDS.â€ť They have shared the bill with Wolf Eyes, Animal Collective, Death From Above 1979, and Les Georges Leningrad, and got a feature in Spin and CMJ. I wonder what they had to say about AIDS Wolf. â€śThe Lovvers LPâ€ť will also be released on vinyl by Skin Graft Records (home of some of the most "out there" music today), which does not surprise me one bit!