We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Freya Wilcox & The Howl‘s new song “Nothing” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Tooth & Nail, which is scheduled to be released late May/early June 2017. You can keep up-to-date on the band’s shows here.
Freya commented on the song:
“‘Nothing’ is about the fact that we walk into adult life completely unprepared for its real challenges and I guess the bitterness that I feel knowing someone might have offered some kind of warning; though ultimately knowing no-one is really qualified to offer such.
Why couldn’t someone have said, ‘By the way, one day you’ll go back to your hometown and be swallowed by a burning desire to feel a sense of belonging, but you won’t be able to quite touch it because too much will have changed.’ Or, ‘Just so you know, you’ll lose people along the way, both literally and figuratively, and you’ll have to deal with all the things you never said or all of the things you should have done, and the harder you fight the grief the worse it will get.’
And because everyone goes about their business feeling these feelings and pretending we’re not all hurting in similar ways, we’re all left with a sense of dissonance and discomfort in our realities, and for me it leaves me feeling that I have little to offer others, and that I’m too fearful to take much of anything from anyone else.”
The word “gritty” gets thrown around a lot when examining punk rock or the blues. In the case of New York-by-way-of-Australia blues-punk-rocker Freya Wilcox, her story embodies that of a passionate, blue collar artist. Her debut LP with her band The Howl (Craig Shay on bass & backing vox, CJ Dunaieff on drums), Tooth & Nail, speaks back and brings to the present everything that makes Wilcox who she is today.
Starting off as a ballsy 10 year old in Queensland, Wilcox tore through a few bands until turning 16 and moving to Brisbane to work as a laborer in outback mining camps to earn the cash to put herself through school. It was there that she met a Native American guitarist who taught her to love the blues. After that, Wilcox quickly fell in love with a New Yorker while in Sydney and before long had sold her books, records and many of her guitars and was on a plane to the Big Apple with a bag of clothes, 4 guitars and a tube amp.
After cutting her teeth playing solo at late night at dive bars on the Upper West Side, Wilcox found her backing band and quickly stormed the local scenes and toured. With the band’s debut full-length on the way, Wilcox pulls no punches upon reflection:
“Tooth & Nail has been in the works for a turbulent year and has documented my fall into the despair of active sex and love addiction and subsequent crawl back to baseline. The record documents a near-lethal trip through divorce, abuse, heartbreak, love, death, growth and above all, survival. During its recording there have been hospitalizations, overdoses, lies, breakups, old wounds and new beginnings, and the whole story is told in 9 searing tracks using every ounce of vintage muscle that Sabella Studios could offer.”
Tooth & Nail Track Listing:
3. Kill Me
4. All In
5. Wears Me Down
7. You Would Do
9. Bitter End