“Hailing from the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, indie rockers Sad Baby Wolf are excited to announce the release of their debut album, Electric Sounds, on 4/9. Formed by lead singer Marty Crandall after ten years with The Shins, the band is a homecoming project with longtime friends that has steadily been building momentum. After playing Daytrotter, Noise Pop, and touring the West Coast last year, the band has finally crafted their debut album and today is proud to release the title track “Electric Sounds.”
In 2010, Crandall teamed up with fellow former-Shin Neal Langford on guitar to play a benefit show for an ailing friend. The ephemeral group quickly grew into something more permanent with long-time friend and local guitar hero Jason Ward,Crandall’s younger brother Maury Crandall on drums, and finally bassist Sean McCullough. Sad Baby Wolf was born. “We vibed really well together, and songwriting came naturally,” recounts Crandall, “I found that ideas I had been knocking around were quickly becoming realized songs when brought to the table with the boys.” The exhilaration of the collaboration resulted first in the release of two singles; “8th Level” and “Survival Guide” in late 2011, and set the stage for their tour with Specer Krug’s new project Moonface. Along the way, they’ve stopped to record a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Everything Is” before delving into the studio to bring their debut album to fruition.
“It was the five of us working in an unheated, chilly studio in January” – says Crandall – “Many evenings were spent sitting around a propane heater, eating pizza and laughing and dreaming about what this band could do.” This camaraderie of seasoned veteran musicians with such youthful exuberance is what characterizes the group. With bassist Sean McCullough also helming the mixing board and producing, it was an involved and intimate process. “We mixed and mixed and re-mixed until we had things just right. We spent months on that process alone,” recollects Crandall, “and now we are truly excited to be offering it to the world.”
For Crandall, the title track “Electric Sounds” is about, “the fading high we share with people in our lives.” Citing the lines, “Then when it’s time we’ll say goodbye forever / we’ll drift into space or some magical place together” as particularly poignant for him, the song throbs and swells with shoe gazey guitars coupled with a shimmering landscape of distant but discernable vocals. The song was brought to life in what Crandall remembers was an exhilarating writing process. “It was one of the first songs that really sounded huge to us. It made us all excited about what this project could bring.” (Press)