Sean Grant & The WolfGang – We The Working Class (EP Review)

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Sean Grant and the WolfGang are a band that know exactly what it means to start at the bottom. They have played every lowly venue, every bar, even street corners, just to get their music heard. And on June 2nd they will release their debut EP, ‘We The Working Class’, via The Shipping Forecast.

The EP release is the culmination of a very successful year for the group. 2013 saw them invited onto a number of British festival stages, and their first single was played by BBC Introducing, who have supported them tremendously. Sean has even picked up an endorsement with Dr Martens for his hard working ethos – not to mention the fact that he’s been wearing the same pair of Docs for almost a decade.

Sean’s songwriting echoes the past; taking ideas from his family stories and illuminating both the unsung heroes and the monsters in everyday life. Sean sees it as his personal mission to bring to life the real lives of the ordinary people.

Bluesy and melancholy, Sean’s brand of folk-rock is a realist’s view of the world. Nothing’s rose-tinted here, and all the dirty linen is publicly aired; such as single ‘I Am the Devil’, which opens the door on domestic violence and brutality in the post-war home.

While the inspiration may come from the past, and it may be a little nostalgic, everything about this is contemporary and current. These are songs for the people, and as the votes from country-wide elections are being counted, ‘We The Working Class’ perfectly sums up the general air of discontent in our nation today. This has never been more relevant.

All of the EP’s tracks have videos to accompany them, and those for ‘I Am the Devil’, and pirate-esque shanty ‘Hoist the Sails’, have already been released. The songs are story-like, cinematic, and they flourish with the visuals. But never think that these songs don’t stand up by themselves.

Despite the brutal and bleak subject-matter, the tracks are pleasingly upbeat and catchy. But always with that sinister undertone. This is clenched fist music, gritted teeth music, and while it’s not outwardly political, it is defining and illustrative of a downtrodden, malcontent society. One that isn’t just relegated to the past, but one that’s living in the here and now.