By Sea Wolf
Any band that implements "Wolf" into their name has to be either A: Brave. B: Stupid or C: Completely free of any sense of shame. With this Los Angeles based six-piece it seems to be a severe case of the latter. I mean, all you need to do is take one look at their MySpace profile and you'll find them embarrassingly paying homage to the ridiculous number of bands with the aforementioned word in the title.
Despite the reservations, bandleader Alex Brown Church does an amicable job of saving Sea Wolf from ridicule. Consisting of keys, strings, guitars and drums and sounding very much like a timid relative of Arcade Fire, Sea Wolf's Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low is a mildly satisfying attempt at orchestrated folk-rock. The highlight comes courtesy of the (ironically titled) opener 'You're A Wolf' which despite its simple 'poppy' arrangements also happens to be the best song lyrically.
The minor pitfalls arise with the extremely radio-friendly production (which doesn't serve to enhance this type of music) and the song writing, which lacks the depth that can be found among Sea Wolf's peers.
There is no doubting that Sea Wolf's debut EP is a pleasant and consistent offering, but on the basis of bands with a comparable outlook and the strength of those baring a similar title, you can't help but feel that this just might be one wolf that gets forgotten.