Raw, swirling, and remarkably brash, Wolves in the Attic are an indie rocker’s dream come true. A band loud enough to get a birthday party shut down by the cops (I would know), with their layered, guitar-heavy approach and driving energy, their debut album and recent EP, Pink Mist, feels like an artifact from an alternate time line when indie rock decided to get more and more aggressive. Whether it’s an up-beat rocker like “Soft Machine” or a mid-tempo, more groove-oriented track like “Pink Mist”, the new EP’s production sounds like polished thunder, rock & roll that’s about precision and abandon. Wolves in the Attic’s songs highlight their sense of melody and melodrama, both lyrically and musically.

Though the band is paving the road to sonic bliss with smoking amps, blistering drum fills, and shredded vocal chords, what makes this sound so compelling is the way it explores the full spectrum of guitar-centric rock, pulling together the blunt and abrasive with the thoughtful in the musical equivalent and excitement of a shotgun wedding with the bride and groom doing everything in their power to hold it together while the family is watching in uneasy silence. This tension is beautiful and has made them a force to be reckoned with in the Iowa music scene.


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This article was written by DMMC volunteer & Iowa rock and roller Patrick Tape Fleming. You’ll find him performing with The Poison Control Center, Gloom Balloon, and Pure Gut, as well as making things sound good from time to time at Vaudeville Mews.