FFS New Bands Panel: Gypsy & The Wolf


Gypsy & The Wolf caused a minor stir with the release of their The Perfect Rose EP earlier this summer, and now the likes of Gary Moore and and Mark Knopfler are throwing praise their way. So what’s all the fuss about? We sent in the panel to find out.

tom-150x150Tom White: Mumford and Sons have been the clear headline act at festivals all summer, and the search is sure to be on for more acts to capture the hearts of a similar audience. Oh look, here’s one now. They’ll probably get sick of the comparison fairly quickly, but Gypsy and the Wolf (and their waistcoats) are tailor-made to fit the niche. Dark lyrics – particularly on Nobody Cares and stand-out track I’m Not The One – sit with cheery, whimsical music and Pictures Of You – a story of bitterly burning a loved one’s possessions, “but I daren’t burn those pictures of you”, which gives way to a chorus of “Oo-ooh sha-la-las” – sums up their superb eight-track The Perfect Rose EP best of all, before the rose-themed double of the title track and Blue Rose rounds things off (bar a radio version of single Good Man) in beautiful style.

AliceSageAlice Sage: Posturing bands don’t do it for me and these guys are more style than substance, or at least nothing special. Lyrically worse than predictable, though instrumentally diverse – ukeleles, glockenspiels, mandolins aplenty – they utilise occasional gospel harmonies and make some pretty sounds. Unfortunately the singer has what is simply a bad voice. A boring, irritating, nothingy voice., characterless, mediocre and sadly accented with Hackney via Hoxton fakery. Blue Rose is a decent enough track and they are clearly a musically talented two-piece. Not anything to write home about, unfortunately.

helenHelen True: Musically, these guys are pretty trad-folk with a good dose of slide-guitar country thrown in: low-fi acoustic guitars, banjos, and the thump of a tambourine underly some pretty old-school harmonies. The Perfect Rose EP is an admirable collection of songs, and I’m an especially big fan of The Good Man: an anthemic chorus, an electric organ and some good old-fashioned guitar solos team up to make what could be a bit of a classic. You can listen to them on Spotify too, which is pretty super: Gypsy & The Wolf – The Perfect Rose EP

You can check Gypsy & The Wolf out for yourselves here. Their The Perfect Rose EP is out now.

9 comments for “FFS New Bands Panel: Gypsy & The Wolf

  1. Anonymous
    17 September 2010 at 6:30 am

    An open letter to Alice Sage:

    For Folk’s Sake, to my knowledge, has always been a very kind website. The website does wonderful things, and promotes music that they believe in. That being said, your review for For Folk’s Sake was incredibly unkind and absolutely absurd. To disparage a band’s music, and to go so far as to say that his voice is “boring, irritating, and nothingy” and “characterless, mediocre and sadly accented with Hackney via Hoxton fakery”…is this actually necessary? Could you not have come up with something even remotely constructive to say? So you don’t like his voice, or their music. That’s fine. You are entitled to your own opinion, and are certainly entitled to post a review that isn’t sterling. But to tear someone down and insult them is not what For Folk’s Sake has ever been about, so I find it quite off-putting that it seems to be happening now.

    I lost a lot of respect for this website today for posting such utter bollocks from Alice Sage. There’s a fine line between reviewing and insulting, and unfortunately For Folk’s Sake, you seem to be teetering dangerously on the edge.

    • Matt
      21 September 2010 at 10:19 am

      Hello to all, first I would love to thank you all for your kind words about my project. We don’t try to please everyone, Both Adam and myself just write music and love recording, The fact that you even took the time to listen to our stuff is a honour.Please don’t be unkind to poor Alice Sage, She has to have her say and I am sure
      she has her reasons for not liking my voice or songs, I wish her all the best in what ever she does. People can review us as they wish, we don’t strive for fame and success in the same way as others do, we are just two friends making music. Working with such great idols of mine is just a bonus and im sure has nothing to do with my ” Hackney via Hoxton fakery…
      I would like to thank all of you for your time. its nice to see such a rounded bag of comments and ideas. I would hate to be loved all the time,,
      many Thanks
      Matt ( GATW)

      • mel
        8 October 2010 at 3:13 am

        You’re a class act, Matt. Lovely bloke, excellent music x

  2. Gaz
    21 September 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Alice Sage. For the likes of Gary Moore and and Mark Knopfler to throw their weight behind GATW I would guess they have more potential than you are ever likely to have. Those guys have been in the music business for more years than you have probably been born and are both extremely talented. Where lies your talent? Everyone is entitled to an opinion but, to be honest, yours sounds more like a schoolgirl rant than anything objective. Comments like “boring, irritating, and nothingy” and “sadly accented with Hackney via Hoxton fakery” may sound very cool and intelligent to you but, sadly, only go to show your lack of musical knowledge and showmanship along with a very immature attitude. Why For Folks Sake allow you near a keyboard is beyond me. GATW keep up the good work guys!

  3. Becky
    23 September 2010 at 2:35 pm

    In defence of Alice Sage, I enjoy reading her reviews. Though her response was harsh, from experience I know that criticism can be as helpful as praise (though more painful) when you’re trying to make things. Also, her honest opinion spurred me to listen to the band, to see if it was justified – if she’d just damned with faint praise, I probably wouldn’t have been nearly so interested. You can usually tell if a critic doesn’t like something and is trying to be polite, and it’s arguably better for the band to hear her true reaction, though she may have been a bit overly catty!

  4. Alice Sage
    Alice Sage
    19 March 2011 at 1:43 am

    It’s terrible of me that I didn’t see these comments sooner. I assume that reviews are taken to be just opinion – and as long as opinions are honest they are a good guide for readers, whether you agree with them or not.

    However, regardless of how much a bad review can be helpful to a band or useful to a reader – being rude simply isn’t. I apologise for offending anybody – and more so for not getting my apology on here sooner.

    • Lynn
      19 March 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Hi all, I second Alice’s apology for not seeing these comments sooner.
      FFS does mainly exist to promote music we like – and not to slag off things we don’t, although the new bands panel serves a slightly different function – to give new bands an honest critique of their music and to get a range of opinions.
      Thanks a lot Matt for your kind message -we wish you all the best.

  5. Mark
    11 May 2011 at 5:35 pm

    How is “Unfortunately the singer has what is simply a bad voice. A boring, irritating, nothingy voice., characterless, mediocre and sadly accented with Hackney via Hoxton fakery” not just being rude..
    I am not sure why this review was even allowed to be put on the site?
    but I trust that Miss Sage will not be working for you any longer?
    what was once a great site, is not im sad to say a joke..

  6. shocked reader (Nic)
    11 May 2011 at 5:38 pm

    couple of things after seeing this…
    1 – the first reaction is by ‘anonymous’ so clearly you’re either adam/matt or a friend of theirs… so your opinion on the review is biased and redundant.
    2 – the band put themselves up for this.
    3 – gaz, hypocrite.
    4 – FFS please dont apologies, i use your site for the honesty not bullshit.
    5 – if anyone would like to response to this post… please don’t… just know that my auto response will be as follows… sticks and stones may break my bones, but you are a dick.

    onwards and upwards!

    p.s “i would hate to be loved all the time”… BOLLOCKS, haha nice try matt.

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