Bo Ningen

Bo Ningen’s album opener, ‘4 Seconds’, sounds like Black
Sabbath arriving at 130 mph,

ripping off your ears and pouring an overdriven, squally maelstrom of noise directly into your brain. Ningen

It’s a pointer for the record. ‘Koroshitai Kimochi’ feels something like
being battered around the

head by a robot wielding a Fender and shouting at you in a language you won’t ever understand.Ningen

Then, all of a sudden, the band apply the brakes for the woozy, stripped psychedelia of ‘Gasmask Rabbit’. Ningen

There are moments, especially during the eleven-minute epic of ‘Post Yokai’,
where Bo Ningen borrow rather too heavily from Sabbath and the like, but

for the most part this is inventive stuff. Sporadic muffled passages give the impression you’re sitting in the safety of a nuclear

bunker while the band play overhead, which might not actually
be such a bad idea.

Wolf’s fans (The Wolf Pack) are as ardent as any; a loyal lot that gave us a taste of the things to come in 2008

when they helped their hero bypass the music industr altogether and deliver fourth album ‘The Bachelor’.

Today, we’re well acquainted with PledgeMusic, but in ’08 the idea of fans investing in and bankrolling the making of an album was borderline obscene.

For Wolf it was made possible by the launch of BandStocks.com (coincidently created by the singer’s lawyer), but it came at a strange time.

Wolf was without a record label having released his third and most successful album still to this day, 2007’s

‘The Magic Position’, his first and last for Polydor subsidiary Loog Records.

“Loog dropped me because they were terrified of me,” he says. “You try and say to me, ‘Patrick, now that you’ve

got a boyfriend we think you’d be more marketable if you made a record that sounds like Erasure’.

What kind of reaction do you think you’d get from that? And doyou think you’d be terrified of me after that or not?

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