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Wolf People: Steeple

All hail the new kings of English psyche-folk.

Their first ‘proper album’, if Steeple sounds like it was recorded in the chicken barn of a 17th-century Welsh mansion, it’s because it was. It’s the musical equivalent of method acting: behave like you’re a member of the Incredible String Band circa 1968, and the music will follow.

And happily – amazingly, joyously – it really has.

Steeple is a late contender for album of the year, the sound of a band hitting its groove and realising its vision – that vision being the rediscovery of a uniquely English take on rock. A place where folk, psychedelia and blues meet (and get off their beardy little faces on scrumpy and homegrown…).

Fans of Tull, Sabbath, Zeppelin and Fairport Convention will feel right at home with Tiny Circle’s flute-propelled riff, the urgent and icy John Barry-esque riff of One By One From Dorney Reach and Banks of Sweet Dundee’s fiddle-mi-ree intro and heavy-as-hell breakdown.

If Robert Plant wants to know how to reconcile his rootsy leanings with dignified and intelligent rock music, Wolf People have drawn him a map.

Scott Rowley
Content Director, Music

Scott is the Content Director of Music at Future plc, responsible for the editorial strategy of online and print brands like Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, Guitarist, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Total Guitar etc. He was Editor in Chief of Classic Rock magazine for 10 years and Editor of Total Guitar for 4 years and has contributed to The Big Issue, Esquire and more. Scott wrote chapters for two of legendary sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson's books (For The Love Of Vinyl (opens in new tab), 2009, and Gathering Storm (opens in new tab), 2015). He regularly appears on Classic Rock’s podcast, The 20 Million Club (opens in new tab), and was the writer/researcher on 2017’s Mick Ronson documentary Beside Bowie (opens in new tab)