Humble Wolf is the music project of singer/songwriter Jayson Angove. Along with a couple of musician cohorts, Angove entered a couple of plush studios, one in California (Fat Cat Recording) and one right here in Fort Wayne (Digitracks Studios) and recorded Humble Wolf’s debut, Paper Thin.
The result is a well-produced group of songs that run the gamut from intimate acoustic fare, synth pop and even Audioslave-like riff rock. The album starts out with the bouncy and upbeat title track. A head-bopping beat, catchy vocal line and a chorus that kicks in with a great guitar melody, you have the feeling this album might just be a great synth pop ride. Then “There’s A Monster Inside You” starts up. A pogged-up rock riff and big drums come in, with Angove singing, “ I think you’re %$#&*! again.” I can appreciate not wanting to be pegged as just one style of music or another, and a little genre-hopping can make a record that much more interesting, but this song just doesn’t seem like it belongs on here. The riff, the lyrics and the expletive-filled chorus just seems out of place.
Immediately following “Monster,” “Make It Through the Night” comes in, bringing a gently plucked acoustic, keyboard vibe that almost has a lullaby feel. “Chasing Airplanes,” which follows, sounds like 90s-era Collective Soul. “Life Is A River (of Constant Change)” is another genre hopper, though with much better results. A breezy, almost country rocker, this nice track has a Bright Eyes sound to it. “The World Is An Empire” continues the Bright Eyes vibe with a sweet little acoustic strum and Angove’s accompanying vocal. “No Envy” brings the rock back, with a stomp/handclap beat and distorted vocal; then an Audioslave-ready guitar riff comes in and Angove sings “I do not envy you, so whatcha gonna do about it.” This song, alongside tracks like “Paper Thin,” “Chasing Airplanes” and the almost doo-wop swing of “Back Down To Earth” just doesn’t add up. “Monster” and “No Envy” might better have been saved for the riff rock side project.
The album goes out with a bang, though. Closer “Someone Like You” is a real gem. “And I’m so tired I think I’m sick /Tied down to my own sinking ship,” Angove sings over handclaps, synth strings and a acoustic guitar. This excellent track should be Angove’s jumping off point for the next Humble Wolf record.
There are some great songs on Paper Thin – some great songs on a good album. But Humble Wolf and Jayson Angove have the potential to make a great album with great songs on it. That I can definitely hear. Get ahold of this album, and I’m sure you’ll hear it as well.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Fantasy of Lights — Drive-thru Christmas lighting displays, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 7-8; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 11-15; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 16-17; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 18-22; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 23-24; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, Dec. 25-29; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 30-31,Franke Park, Fort Wayne, $5-$10 per carload, $10-$15 per 15-passenger van, $25-$30 per bus or trolley, 755-1900
Festival of Gingerbread — Gingerbread creations made by preschoolers through professional baking artists on display, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 7-8; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10; 12-5 p.m Sunday, Dec. 11, History Center, Fort Wayne, $4-$6, 426-2882
Drowning Pool w/Gemini Syndrome, Red Tide Rising — at Rusty Spur Saloon, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., $18-$50, 755-3465
Natalie Grant w/Danny Gokey — Country at Honeywell Center, Wabash, 7:30 p.m., $20-$50, 563-1102
Fort Wayne Comedy Connection — Comedy at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Open Jam — Hosted by G-Money at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, (260) 482-6425
Open Mic — Variety at Pedal City, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 415-6167
Open Mic — Hosted by Chilly Addams at Beamer's Sports Grill, Fort Wayne, 8-11 p.m., no cover, 625-1002
Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae — Variety at Riverview Tavern, Decatur, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 724-3500
American Idol Karaoke w/Brian — Variety at AJ's Bar and Grill, 8 p.m., 434-1980 , no cover
SureShot Karaoke w/David — Variety at Bar 145, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., 209-2117 , no cover
American Idol Karaoke w/TJ — Chevvy's, 9 p.m.,
American Idol Karaoke w/Josh — Karaoke at Columbia Street West, 9:30 p.m., 422-5055 , no cover
Three Rivers Karaoke — Dupont Bar & Grill, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 483-1311 , no cover
WiseGuy Entertainment w/Josh — Variety at Martin's Tavern, 10 p.m., 357-4290 , no cover
Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu — Variety at Office Tavern, 8 p.m., 478-5827 , no cover
Karaoke — Variety at Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, 10 p.m., 485-1038 , no cover
Great Russian Nutcracker — Holiday performance by Moscow Ballet, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, $32-$178 thru Ticketmaster and Embassy box office, 424-5665
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Alexandra Hall — Whimsical painting, giclee print and ink drawings, Tuesday-Sunday thru Dec. 31, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5 (2 and under, free), 427-6440
Alumni/Faculty Exhibition — Works from alumni and current and retired faculty from the School of Creative Arts, Monday-Friday thru Dec. 18 , Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Art for the Holidays — Handmade ornaments and Nativities from local artists, Monday-Saturday thru Dec. 31, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Decatur Sculpture Tour — 31 original sculptures and 15 permanent exhibits on display, walking tour maps available, thru April 1, Decatur, free, 724-2605
Festival of Wreaths — Holiday exhibition of Christmas wreathes, daily thru Dec. 30, Creative Arts Council, Bluffton, 824-5222.
Fort Wayne, American Monologue — A new body of Fort Wayne-based works by Oakland, California-based artist Brett Armory, Tuesday-Sunday thru Feb. 26, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
John Baeder Takes Wing on a Higher Road — Hyper-realist art from one of the 20th century’s most important artists, Tuesday-Sunday thru Jan 22 , Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Master Prints — Diverse collection of prints acquired by the university over the past 15 years, Monday-Friday thru Dec. 22, Lupke Gallery, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Nature’s Thread — Works by Nancy Fritz and Lizabeth Yager, daily thru Jan. 16, 2017, The Gallery at Pranayoga School, Fort Wayne, 423-9642
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Regional Art Educators’ Exhibition — Works from educators in secondary school art education, daily thru Dec. 8, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6977
Robert Kipniss: The Whispering Light — Recent painted and printed works by American artist, Tuesday-Sunday thru Jan. 22, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
SOCA Student Highlights Exhibition: Animation — Works from students enrolled in USF’s School of Creative Arts’ animation program, Monday-Friday thru 18 , John P. Weatherhead Gallery and Goldfish Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
SOCA Student Postcard Show — Small works by students enrolled in USF’s School of Creative Arts, Monday-Friday thru Dec. 18 , Spotlight Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Women in Art: A Celebration — Works by Gwen Gutwein, Barbara Nohinek, Patricia Weiss, Cara Lee Wade, Elizabeth Wamsley, Marcy Neiditz, Suzanne Galazka, Diane Groenert and more, Tuesday-Saturday thru Jan. 15 , Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, Roanoke, 672-2080
Artlink Educational Programs — Art classes offered by Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, dates and times vary, Artlink, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-7195
Fort Wayne Dance Collective Workshops — Workshops and classes for movement, dance, yoga and more offered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective, dates and times vary, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-6574
IPFW Community Arts Academy— Art, dance, music and theater classes for grades pre-K through 12 offered by IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, fees vary, 481-6977, www.ipfw.edu/caa
Sweetwater Academy of Music — Private lessons for a variety of instruments available from professional instructors, ongoing weekly lessons, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, call for pricing, 432-8176, academy.sweetwater.com