New York soulful punk band Winter Wolf have just shared their new EP, Unwell, and you can give it a listen right here at New Noise.
The trio—Tony Syxx on vocals, Jehiel Winters on bass, and Nate Harris (of Maafa) on drums—all have a background that feels counter to their fiery sound: Syxx is a dedicated fan of quartet gospel music, and Harris grew up in a Jamaican household, with little exposure to hard rock. Winter Wolf still came together with their enduring love for NYC hardcore and skate punk, ultimately paving the path forward for the band to thrive.
Their numerous influences result in a unique heavy rock sound that can’t help but thrust audiences into a joy-induced frenzy. Their soulful punk sound echoes the energy of the Harlem, Brooklyn, and Jersey City neighborhoods they reside, glowing with unity and love that thrives in the growing Black rock and alt music scenes.
Over the years, the trio have shared stages and secret shows with bands like Urban Waste and Rebelmatic, earning their place among underground music royalty and continuing their reign with Unwell.
The new record alludes to the ongoing pandemic that uprooted lives across the globe and the political strife amidst the chaos, along with the “physical and mental anguish we all experienced,” according to Syxx. It’s a welcome snapshot of life during and inching out of the pandemic, from a corner of the U.S. that continues to be marginalized and overlooked.
Winter Wolf were once describes as Harlem rhythm punk, though they describe themselves in their own words as “unadulterated freedom of expression.”
Stream Unwell in full here: