The Ghost Wolves: Blues-Inspired Psych-Rock With A Touch of Fang
It’s been said that “face-melting” is an essential element of a solid, kick-butt rock ‘n’ roll show. Apparently, audiences’ faces must be melted off, so to speak, by the high-voltage levels of rock. Case in point: The band known as The Ghost Wolves, who’ve wandered away from the pack to make their own mark.
Formed in 2010, the Austin-based duo features guitarist Carley Wolf and drummer Jonathan Konya trading off vocals. Both talented musicians bring a lot to the table; Konya has worked with hardcore-punk guitarist Greg Ginn (Black Flag), steel guitar master Junior Brown, fiddler Warren Hood, Austin band The Happen-Ins, and a band he helped form, the now-defunct Belleville Outfit. Wolf, a songwriter, classically-trained guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, performed internationally with San Francisco-based folk band The Crooked Jades and rockabilly artist Johnny Falstaff. However, while they each have their own impressive musical resumes, together they are an otherworldly presence. Their specialty is gritty garage rock blues with a dash of old-school rockabilly and glam, packed with noisy fuzz and amplified riffs.
The Ghost Wolves recently paid a visit to the KUT studios to chat with Laurie Gallardo about how they started making music together, their biggest musical inspirations, and what it means to perform as a duo.