by Chris Conde
Be it their soothing vocal harmonies or free-form acoustic guitar riffage, there’s something awfully calming and sort of therapeutic about listening to Wolverton, whose debut full-length album Wizard Land is set for an official release on May, 20 up in Austin.
The band says it “accidentally” formed in March 2011, and after their first show, a performance in an oversized bathroom inside a penthouse suite atop downtown's Grand Hyatt building, the group started getting requests to play around town. So frontman Hills Snyder and the gang decided to get a little more serious and in 2012 released their first collection of music, Tiny Chair.
Produced and recorded by Buttercup’s Joe Reyes, who also plays in Wolverton as a collaborator and semi-permanent member, Tiny Chair was a first glimpse into Synder’s Dylan-esque songwriting, which, listening to the latest effort Wizard Land, has since added twinges of psychedelic '70s rock, jazz and blues.
Approaching their songwriting with the carefree spirit of kids on a playground, the three core members (vocalist and keys player Kate Terrell, guitarist and singer Hills Snyder, and vocalist Caralyn Snyder) all take turns leading listeners thought the weird and twisting experimental folk journey of Wizard Land. "We're kind of naive about songwriting in a way which makes the whole thing less restricted, if that makes any sense," says Hills Snyder, who's been a staple of the local art community and has continued to throw the DIY house-shows and Wolverton Home Concerts.
With no definitive plans for touring, though the idea is something they’ve tossed around, Wolverton remains a dynamic collective of artists whose goal it seems is to just have fun, write music and perform whenever show opportunities present themselves.
In the rat race the music industry can be, even on a local level, it’s refreshing to hear a group that legitimately could care less if you think they’re cool or not.
New bands, take note.