Albi & The Wolves released their debut album One Eye Open in December 2016 and promptly after its release they toured 18 dates around New Zealand. That tour included 5 festivals, lounges and a ream of kiwi bars that included the band's first dip into the South Island. While having no releases this year the band has been hard at work in the North Island touring with Greame James, The Miltones, and has been crafting songs for their new record.
The three-piece string band has downsized from the four piece that it started as and that has ended up helping the song-writing process. The trio is tighter and as ridiculous as ever and the band is proud of the new songs and their direction. This means that in some ways the Widening Habitats tour is about re-defining the Albi & The Wolves identity. This means an openness to more instrumentation and a ream of new songs that you may only get to hear at these shows.
Albi & The Wolves is comprised of Chris Dent (Albi), Pascal Roggen and Micheal Young who play acoustic guitar, electric violin and double bass respectively. Their performances are dynamic and their style is possibly the most soulful folk made in New Zealand. Each performance, be it a foot stomping bar or a theatre, is laced with humour that translates from the banter to the music itself. Each show is different, interactive and most of all -Fun.
This tour is going to extend to Australia where the band will play in Melbourne for the first time and this means that the Wolves will be on the road for just over three months. After the trials and triumphs of that time the band will be ready to enter the studio and create album number two. They want the audience to be a part of the process and by being at the shows and part of the moment, every performance will be helping shape the forthcoming record.
This trio will not be stopped and their track record has been fantastic so far with a collaboration with Mt Eden Dubstep and headline bookings at these festivals: Auckland Folk Festival, Rhythm and Alps, the New Plymouth Festival Of Lights, Wellingtons Meridian Magic In The Gardens, Wellington Folk Festival, Whare Flat Folk Festival, Coro Summer Fest. "One Eye Open" and "Remember Your Name", the band's first two singles, have received airplay across New Zealand, Fall With You has received 20,000 plays on Soundcloud alone, and One Eye Open, the album, made it into the Top 10 Heatseaker Charts for a number of weeks after its release.
This tour kicks off on the 27th of October and will, after returning from Australia, wrap up just in second week of January 2018.