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, September 28, 2016
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Chris Worth — Variety at Nick's Martini Bar, Fort Wayne, 7:30-10:30 p.m., no cover, 482-6425
Fort Wayne Comedy Connection — Comedy at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
G-Money Band — Open jam at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 482-6425
Joe Justice — Variety at New Haven Farmer's Market, New Haven, 4-7 p.m., no cover, 749-2212
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
Paul New Stewart & Kimmy Dean — Variety at The Venice Restaurant, Fort Wayne, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $1, 482-1618
O'Sullivan's — Shooting Star Prod. w/Barbie, 10 p.m.
Office Tavern — Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu, 8 p.m.
Wrigley Field Bar & Grill — The Voice Karaoke, 10 p.m. , no cover
CJ's Canteena — Classic City Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Rack and Helen's — American Idol Karaoke, 9 p.m. , no cover
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200@200: The Spirit of Competition — Exhibit of Fort Wayne’s “firsts” from the early days of organized sports to the present, Monday-Saturday thru Sept. 30, History Center, Fort Wayne, 426-2882
Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair — Photographs by Michael July, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 16, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Catherine Blyth and Elizabeth Wamsley — Paintings and works in clay, Tuesday-Saturday thru Oct. 3, Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, Roanoke, 672-2080
Decatur Sculpture Tour — 31 original sculptures and 15 permanent exhibits on display, walking tour maps available, thru April 1, 2017, Decatur, free, 724-2605
Diane Groenert — Fort Wayne-based artist exhibits her paintings, daily thru Sept. 30 (reception 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29), Henry’s Restaurant, Fort Wayne, 426-0531
Ethan Ross — Hybrid landscapes shot with a 4x5 camera, Monday-Friday thru Oct. 9, Spotlight Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Indiana Bicentennial Exhibit — Artwork by 200 artists in the theme “Indiana: People, Place & Things”, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 12, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
Observations: Contemporary Landscapes by Thomas Hilty and Tamara Monk — Abstract figurative works in pastel and mixed media by Hilty and oil paintings by Monk, Monday-Friday thru Oct. 9, John P. Weatherhead Gallery and Goldfish Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Paroxysm: A New Body of Work by Crystal Wagner — Large scale multi-textured sculptures, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 23, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Picasso, Braque and Leger: 20th Century Modern Masters — Paintings and Museum of Art, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 27 (, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Selections from the Haan Collection of Indiana Art — Works on loan from the Haan Mansion Museum in Lafayette, Indiana, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 23, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
The Spirit of Innovation: American Abstraction, 1960 to 1975 — Abstract works from the museum’s permanent collection, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 16, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Sue Davis and Rebecca Dearing — Acrylics inspired by nature’s spirit rhythms and cycles of the earth and moon; fiber art dolls, including a new series of Endearing Hot Mamas, Monday-Saturday thru Sept. 30, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Theoplis Smith III — Works on display, daily thru Oct. 21, The Gallery at PranaYoga, Fort Wayne, 423-9642
Tom Martin: Everything and Nothing — Realist paintings resembling life and reality and focused on the effect money has on people, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 16, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
University of Saint Francis Photo Club — Photographs from USF students, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 12, Betty Fishman Gallery, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
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
Live Trivia — Trivia night with live host, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Duesy’s Sports Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, free, 484-0411
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