Copenhagen based heavy rock combo REDWOLVES is a musical acquaintance whose sound one can both recognize and be challenged by. With their debut album ‘Future Becomes Past’, the quartet brings classic heavy rock into the future through an updated sound, dynamical experiments and a personal songwriting that seeks to deal with the contingency of life in a world characterized by conflict and paradoxes.
REDWOLVES was formed in 2012 by four friends who as a unit found a musical community in their affinity for classic heavy rock and the 00’s new wave of Scandinavian rock. The band released their debut EP ‘Walking Roads’ in 2016 – a feisty show of the band’s particular approach to modern sounding hard hitting rock n’ roll, fittingly rounded off by frontman Rasmus Cundell’s intelligent lyrics and singular high pitched vocals. Now, REDWOLVES make their album debut with ‘Future Becomes Past’. The album is a noticeable further development of the band’s expression which through the record’ eight songs unfolds itself in a songwriting carrying catchy melodies, energetic and virtuoso musicianship and a modern and analogue attentive production by Jacob Bredahl (Riverhead, LLNN, Rising a.o.).
REDWOLVES name their music as “modern classic heavy rock” or at other times “future rock”. Both terms appropriately describes how heavy rock n’ roll effortlessly can remain relevant, as long as the classic virtues and a good dose of edge and innovation are present. ‘Future Becomes Past’ is also a complex record, that shows several aspects of the band’s talent for writing songs with both directness, catchiness, dynamics and experimentation. The first half of the album is explosive, catchy rock n’ roll, where the second half comes off as more subtle, progressive and experimental. The record is party, light and joy, but equally despair, darkness and depression – and with good reason.
When REDWOLVES had started off the writing of “Future…”, a brutal incident occurred which was to be determining for the album. On New Years Eve 16/17, singer Rasmus Cundell was the subject of a violent attack which carved its deep traces, both personally and within the band. The event caused a delay of the creative process but at the same time, the band became an important catalyst for pulling through. The lyrics were written after the attack which therefore naturally constitutes the thematic subject matter of the album. On a personal level, the violence spawned a spiral of depressive and angstful thoughts but also on a more general level, the incident initiated a contemplation in regards to the possibilities of agency in a world that appears hostile and destructive. Together, the band embarked on a journey into the darkness and as it progressed, the questions appeared, one by one…
As an empathetic and constructive human being, how do you position yourself in a world that meets you with tangible violence and global destruction. Is everything that we build up – the dreams, the principles – of no importance, when we will soon perish nonetheless? Is there anything to live for when the future becomes the past anyway? Even though many of the songs origin from this depressive state, one still senses a path towards the light in the music, and it is this adamant hope, that the record also reminds you of. As the good sides of life can put depression, hopelessness and contingency into perspective, the negation of life can also put perspective on joy and light: It is exactly because that we will soon perish, that we must insist on living, partying, loving and not to be conquered by darkness, hate and destruction. And thus, we must necessarily seek to journey out of the dark again.