June 22, 1999
may need a shower after listening."
When we sent the new GUITAR WOLF record to the mastering lab
for inclusion in our recent in-store play sampler, the mastering
engineer called back, mystified by the volume level on the
CD-R. The levels exceeded the theoretical maximum possible
on compact disk audio. In other words, JET GENERATION is the
loudest CD in history.
This story proves that if you rock hard enough, you can break
the laws of physics. And Tokyo's premier punk trio definitely
rock hard. In their most brain-pummelling album yet, GUITAR
WOLF attempt to reproduce the legacy of Johnny Thunders, Joan
Jett and the Ramones and make them much much louder and more
distorted. There is no doubt that they succeed.
That a band can continue to amaze with their SIXTH album is
impressive enough, but for a band working within such narrow
confines as GUITAR WOLF, it's simply shocking. GUITAR WOLF
might be the bravest and sexiest rock band in the world.
JET GENERATION debuts "Jet Rock," a whole new genre of unbearably
intense Japanese thrash. GUITAR WOLF will be bringing their
dangerous live show to these shores once again this summer.
"Seiji, singer and guitarist for the Japanese rock band Guitar
Wolf, jumped off the top of his Marshall amp at the Odeon
club and cried, 'Rock and roll, New York City!' He did this,
like, 10 times. Guitar Wolf did not stop playing between songs,
and Seiji sang with commitment: 'Energy Joe! Energy Joe! Baby,
baby! Energy Joe!' After the show, Seiji knocked back round
after round of sake with friends in a nearby Japanese restaurant
until 4 in the morning. 'Nonstop to drink,' he said. "I am
alcohol junkie.' He took a one-minute taxi ride back to his
hotel room." --Brian Kennedy, New York Observer
of the Wolves
October 21, 1997
Toru, and Billy are back! Planet Of The Wolves is Guitar Wolf's
5th album (their 2nd for Matador), and is not only their most
crazed to date, but also their most musical--Guitar Wolf are
still the best live band on the planet, but they make a mean
record to boot. Featuring covers by such like-minded brethren
as the Oblivians, the Stones, and their mentor Link Wray,
along with a slew of new originals, Planet Of The Wolves is
the dirtiest punk-rock album you'll hear all year, and as
such, the best.
Wolf are virile and dangerous and completely demented, which
pretty much makes for one great rock and roll band. Around
the Matador office, much is made of their decidedly non-indie-rock,
brazen display of sex appeal. Andrea says, "they're really
fucking hot." Lori claims, "they're hotter than
Fuck." Esther sometimes cries out, "fuck, they're
hot." Find out for yourself during their 6-week North
American tour this fall...just don't sit in the front row
and look out for severed body parts.
November 19, 1996
old timer fanzine fossil named Saul Bellow once belittled
the non-Western world's contributions to punk rock, asking
mockingly, "where are the Pacific Rim's Ramones or Sex
Pistols?" but he must never have heard Guitar Wolf. Kamakaziing
in from Tokyo, Japan, Guitar Wolf have secured a small, rabid
following in the States with their faster and gunkier Ramones-style
punk rock. They've already toured five times in the U.S. and
released two LPs, Wolf Rock (Goner) and Kung Fu Ramone (Bag
of Hammers), in addition to two Japanese-only albums.
brass proferred contracts after witnessing a frenzied NYC
in-store that had downtown hipsters cowering and hoisting
the white flag of surrender. After the band inhaled a few
bottles of hooch, guitarist Seiji proceeded to stomp across
counters and record bins (trailed by an alarmed shopkeep)
before launching himself headfirst into the ceiling fan, the
kind of shit you only see in cartoons. The mid-air collision
laid him out on the concrete like a pancake but Seiji popped
right back up and still managed to miss several notes.
Billy - bass
Toru - drums