Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wucan - Sow the Wind + Bonus (German Retro Band Hardrock/Folkrock w. Flute 2015)

Size: 145 MB
Bitrate: 256
Ripped by: ChrisGoesRock
Artwork Included
Sourse: Japan 24-Bit Remaster

The Dresden heavy retro band WUCAN began their quick ascent in 2014. Despite their short history the young band is still able to look back at a remarkable success. Everything began with their first EP "Vikarma," released in November 2014 on Metalizer Records. 

WUCAN are a young heavy retro rock band from Dresden, Germany with deep roots in the late 60s and early seventies with a dash of blues, folk, progressive and Kraut rock. This sort of time-warp music is covering the gamut from the Woodstock generation to the modern rock sound, starting with acoustic guitar, traverse flute and Hammond organ and ending at the modern rock sound of the heavy kind.

WUCAN made the right choice of partners with producer and owner of the Big Snuff Studios in Berlin Richard Behrens and with Andreas “Lupo “ Lubich of Calyx Mastering for a successful debut in the retro rock scene. 

Richard Behrens, who is bassist of the 70s band HEAT and live toning of the genre heroes KADAVAR additionally to his producing duties, created an authentic 70s sound by using analogue machinery. Combined with the modern heavy surround of the band unfolds a fresh mix of yesterday and today, which bursts with lust for music.

This release, which quickly sold its first 500 vinyl copies, received many positive reviews. By taking their chances through their extraordinary, energetic live presence, the band quickly gained an audience at their numerable concerts. Some of their biggest moments include playing the prestigious Hammer of Doom Festival and a tour as support for Siena Root. 

Heavy metal veteran Karl Walterbach recognized these qualities and soon after took on the role as the band's manager. A record deal with Manfred Schütz' MIG Music sublabel Hänsel & Gretel followed. Lastly the band became part of Berlin-based booking agency Magnificent Music's roster, who agreed to support the band's live success. With all of this praise WUCAN entered the studio to record their debut album "Sow the Wind." 

The band worked at Big Snuff Studio in Berlin, a well-known studio in the retro scene, with pioneer Richard Behrens. He is infamous for producing quite a number of retro bands, working with Kadavar as their live sound engineer and is the bassist of the Berliner band Heat. Sow the Wind"'s striking sound was primarily achieved through analog techniques and fits perfectly with the late 60s and 70s vibe. 

The band also worked with new instruments such as a Moog synthesizer and a Moog Etherwave Theremin. Behrens was able to capture on tape the essence and dynamic of a WUCAN live show, which carries a hippy attitude with a modern rock sound. 

Andreas Lupo Lubich von Calyx added the final touches with his mastering skills. The result is six extremely diverse tracks, whose sound and composition could have more than likely originated in the 70s. 

However WUCAN does not imitate any artist but has developed its own individuality fitting somewhere between then and now. The band has always been able to create their own style despite their influences such as Jethro Tull, Renft, Lucifer's Friend, Birth Control and Krautrock in general. 

WUCAN presents changing hymns, from jamming passages to metal riffs with flutes doubled and the complete range of 70s folk rock to classical hard rock. andersmann' is a 16-minute song filled with psychedelic splashes of color and the just named influences. It is also the only song on the album sung in German. Even the powerful opener ather Storm,' the reefy and hard wl Eyes' and the melodicing Korea' bring a bright bouquet of 70s flashbacks. 

The key element is vocalist Francis Tobolsky's characteristic, energetic and emotional voice. The charismatic singer grasps her audience with her voice and catchy flute melodies. Rounding out this successful debut release is the eye-catching packaging. "Sow the Wind"'s artwork was inspired by a Rufus Segar art piece, an artist who is particularly known for his work in anarchist publications in the 70s. 

Divided in a seeing and screaming head in a stylistic representation, the cover and back perfectly fit the mood of the album. The storm which will be seeded with "Sow the Wind" figuratively hisses at the beholder before even playing the album. This CD is strictly limited to 500 copies.

Francis (Vocals, Flute, Guitar)
 Tim (Guitar)
 Patrik (Bass)
 Pätz (Drums)

01. Father Storm 03:57
02. Owl Eyes 05:50
03. Looking In The Past 05:43
04. Face in the Kraut 04:16
05. King Korea 07:04
06. Wandersmann 15:45

Bonus Tracks:
07. Franis Vikarma 05:37 
08. Frank 04:32
09. Big Red Bun 05:32
10. Wizard of Concrete Jungle 09:32 

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Buy Their Albums Here: Wucan Homepage or The Japan Edition with Bonustracks: Wucan - Sow The Wind + 4


spunkie said...

Super cool band more of this type is needed Thanks Chris

Woody said...

Thank you very much!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Chris!

DoKtor Alphonzo said...

great new find - along the same lines as Blues Pills - which is no bad thing!
highly recommended

many thanks Chris - great post

Anonymous said...

Nothing like Krautrock from the 70's which had skilled musicians.... thumbs down on this one.

ChrisGoesRock said...

"Anonymous said...
Nothing like Krautrock from the 70's which had skilled musicians.... thumbs down on this one."

"Thumbs down", you must be joking, how many bands sounds like WUCAN at year 2015 ???

Anonymous said...

Electric Orange (Germany), Ghost (Japan), Mugstar (UK) are all excellent 21st-century Krautrock-influenced bands I would recommend. Great musicianship and atmospherics in all of those bands. And they aren't retro poseurs.