A gritty howl opens Joyous Wolf’s upcoming debut LP, ‘Enigma’, and it’s the perfect introduction since the band plays rock & roll at its most primal and passionate. Formed in 2014 guitarist Blake Allard’s bluesy riffs harken back to the classic hard rock of AC/DC, Cream and Deep Purple while still packing a thoroughly modern wallop, while front man Nick Reese’s voice seems to come from deep in his gut as he sings about everything from warring kingdoms to a tribute to a fallen friend. Together, with bassist Greg Braccio and drummer Robert Sodaro, Joyous Wolf’s members work together to create some of the most exciting, promising and unwieldy back-to-basics rock to come out of Southern California in recent years. If you have been searching furiously for a band that has a throwback sound that truly shows old school influence while also adding modern elements to their sound to remain fresh, vibrant and unique then look no further. Joyous Wolf played a major role on several fall rock festivals this year, being one of the only unsigned bands to grace the stages from Kentucky to California. I have no worries that this band will soon find a label with their huge booming sound, it’s impossible to hear their music and not fall in love.
We had a chance to speak with bassist Greg Braccio at this years Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky back in October. Joyous Wolf was the only unsigned band to play the main stage at Kentucky’s premiere rock festival, and one of the only two unsigned bands even on the bill. Their sound is one that will stand the test of time and left festival goers speechless. The band is already slated to play the stacked lineup at 2018’s Welcome To Rockville festival alongside other notable bands like Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots and more. We caught up with Greg and spoke about the bands production on their album, how rock music suppose to sound, playing in front of fans that likely hasn’t heard them before, and how the band once had the cops show up at their band practice due to them being too loud. The band has mostly been playing the Sunset Strip and the Viper room was the first real venue they’ve ever played. He also stated about the band “We not trying to reinvent something that’s already been there… we’re just playing rock n roll”. You can see the entire interview below.