Back in 2013, a random competition entry on the excellent GoldenPlec music website would result in this writer winning tickets to see the Danish singer/songwriter, MØ, in The Academy in Dublin. The show that would follow would be an explosive display of energy and charismatic stage presence that would leave those in attendance in no doubt that Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen would become a big player in modern pop music in the coming years.
However, it was the support act on the night that caught this writers attention. Belfast indie pop four piece, Go Wolf, would open the show with a fun and accomplished set that would set the crowd up perfectly for what was to come.
Go Wolf would first come to the attention of Irish music fans with their 2012 single, Voices on the Underground Pop label. The song would be well received by music critics and fans alike, with its simple guitar line and mid tempo feel making it a radio friendly hit. The single would eventually be released in October 2012 as part of an EP of remixes of the track. It seemed to be a very promising start for the exciting band.
It would be 2014 before we would get the next official release from the Belfast outfit, when they would release the single One More Night in June on the Ooh La Recordings label (which would the label for all subsequent releases from the band). Summer of 2014 would also see the band play a set on the BBC Introducing Stage at the T in the Park festival in Balado, Scotland.
One More Night would be followed up in August of 2014 with the single, Talk To You. Talk to You would be this writers favourite release by the band. A single powered by a lovely synth riff and an outstanding bass line with heartfelt lyrics, it would be a further testament to the obvious talent of the band. Later in the same month, Go Wolf would play the Thursday night of the Tennent’s Vital festival in Belfast, supporting such acts as The Killers and Bastille. It would be another massive exposure for the young band.
Fans of the band would only have to wait until March of the following year, 2015, before they heard the next official release from the band, the Running EP. A collection of four expertly crafted indie pop songs that demonstrated the developing maturity of the band and an increased understanding of what they were trying to do. The EP would be launched with the fantastic single, Running.
However, this would be the last release that we would hear from the Belfast outfit and so we have another talented Irish band who did not get the opportunity to fulfil the massive potential that they demonstrated from the very start. It is the hope of this writer that we might someday see Go Wolf making music again, but for now we must just enjoy the tremendous music that they left behind.