BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves – BPF vocals & Carley Wolf below-the-belt guitar & Jonny Wolf primal drums. Photography by & © Vanessa Smith
We’re reflecting on the amazing gigs that BP Fallon has been enjoying with his long-term collaborators from Texas, The Ghost Wolves
Their latest round of rocking embraced SXSW in Austin where they played six wild shows.
In the latest Waxoholics, Johnny Wolf is interviewed by DeadWeather Denver:
You’ve worked with BP Fallon, most recently on his 2014 SXSW showcases. What has playing with him been like?
“Oh, well BP is just a hell of a guy first off – I mean first you have his history, which is very deep and deserving of respect – but we’re really interested in what he’s doing moving forward. As in, here’s this older guy, he’s worked in and around music all his life, with some real luminaries, but never actually played, and just now he decides it’s time to start a rock’n'roll band. How many people at that age can say that?
“He has a really unique perspective – I like to think of him like a shaman or a musical witch doctor or something, and he brings that to his show, and I think people love that. I’m a big fan of his spoken word vibes. He’s very creative. It’s been a really interesting trip to do some music with him. We don’t typically let anyone else into our world, it’s not easy, but he came into it with a lot of grace and we enjoyed it a lot”.
BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves casting spells. Photography by & © Bob Gruen
In BP Fallon’s excellent wide-roaming pre-SXSW interview with DeadWeather Denver in Waxoholics, the singer notes “Maximum namedrop moment: John Lennon, bless him, told me ‘The Plastic Ono Band is Everyone’ and thus I too became a member, appearing in John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band twice on television, once banging a tambourine and another time pretending to play bass guitar.
“Now I wouldn’t dream of comparing our combo to him but yes, everyone is in BP Fallon & The Bandits and also we don’t believe in segregation between ourselves and the audience, we’re all in this together.
“Like I mentioned, Lenny Kaye has been a Bandit in Austin and in New York and in Ireland. Sean Lennon has drummed with us, Cara Delevingne has sung backing vocals. And last year at SXSW, Clem and Nigel and Aaron and I, us Bandits, at our live gigs we were joined on stage by Scott Asheton the drummer from The Stooges and Barrie Cadogan who plays guitar in Primal Scream.
“This year at SXSW Clem will be playing with Blondie and their schedule is very tight – so BP Fallon & The Bandits will be BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves who are Carley on guitar and Jonny on drums and they’re incredible. Carley, well… she’s incredibly sexy, almost feral, and Jonny’s the coolest…”
Carley & BP & Jonny photographed by © Brian Birzer
And Oliver Gray reports
“I absolutely adored the amazingly resilient BP Fallon, intoning poems rather than singing and backed by an amazing Austin electric duo called The Ghost Wolves. Things like this you do not experience every day, and it feels such a privilege”.
BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves – Increasingly Often (roller coaster)
Filmed and mixed live at KUTX, Austin, Texas
Original recording on the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’
Written & produced by BP Fallon/Aaron Lee Tasjan/Nigel Harrison/Clem Burke at Red Horse Ranch, Austin, Texas
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BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves in full flight. Photography by & © Honeypie Mangrove
With thanks to Kim Galusha, Kay Gourley, Jimmy & Harper Quill at Red Horse Ranch Studio, Jeff Smith & Saustex Records, Weston McGowen, David L Thomson III, Alejandro Escovedo & Mike Thompson, Brian Birzer & Tracy & Mike, Vanessa Smith, Bob Gruen & Elizabeth Gregory. Have merci, y’all !!!
For more The Continuing Adventure Of BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves – stay tuned!!!