Guitar Wolf at Marquis Theater, 10/6/13

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Tom Murphy

GUITAR WOLF @ MARQUIS THEATER | 10/06/13
After Bass Wolf more or less stumbled into place and Drum Wolf sat down behind the kit, Guitar Wolf himself strode on stage and smashed down any unnecessary walls between punk, garage rock, noise rock, R&B, the blues, soul and rockabilly song after song. If the guys operated from a set list, it hardly mattered, as every song was played in all but immediate succession and each sounded decidedly different yet kindred just the same, amped up and borderline demented.

See also: Guitar Wolf's Seiji on his love of noisy music: "I want to live my life in the noise of the jet plane"

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Tom Murphy

It was all but impossible to catch any of the words coming out of Guitar Wolf of Bass Wolf's mouth as both erupted with lyrics and words that sounded like it was coming directly from a primal place in the psyche, where the emotional impact matters more than the exact wording. Although you could make out tunes like "Jet Generation" or "UFO Romantics," what mattered more was that this band, more than almost anyone else playing rock and roll today, have tapped in to the true spirit of the art form by playing directly from the inspiration of an unfettered spirit.

This performance seemed almost superhuman in its intensity and drive from beginning to end. The guys may have went on longer than some people wanted, but the band didn't really seem to let up or flag. Guitar Wolf held his hand up often during the set as though he were winding up for some kind whirlwind of action, only to hold the dynamic tension in place to let loose with a cataclysm of rock that somehow also remained tuneful. It was the sound of mayhem, but without the violence. It was like these guys were just breaking free of unnecessarily social convention to express the raw spirit of rock and roll.

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Tom Murphy

Guitar Wolf held his hand up often during the set as though he were winding up for some kind whirlwind of action, only to hold the dynamic tension in place to let loose with a cataclysm of rock that somehow also remained tuneful. It was the sound of mayhem, but without the violence. It was like these guys were just breaking free of unnecessarily social convention to express the raw spirit of rock and roll.

Toward the end of the set, the outfit went into an extended cover of Link Wray's "Rumble," and Guitar Wolf added some lyrics that consisted entirely of the phrase "rock and roll," sung/shouted in perfect cadence, and he made it seem like there could be no more fitting words for that most rock and roll of rock and roll songs.


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Marquis Theater

2009 Larimer St., Denver, CO

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Elijah_106670

I was the stand-in! Thanks for getting some awesome pictures, and for not mentioning how terrible I was. 

Seiji is a class-act. I came up to him after the show, he remembered me and said "You were amazing!" and I totally lost it. 

By the way, when he handed me the guitar, he said "Listen! It doesn't matter what you play. Just... ROCK."

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