Sea Wolf's an interesting character. Even though Alex Brown Church began performing under the moniker only a few years ago (around L.A. as a solo act before getting signed to Dangerbird records), Sea Wolf has never seemed like an emerging artist. In fact, despite a mere 2 LP's under his belt, it feels like Church has been an indie music staple for decades, making straight up "intellectual indie", chock full of literary references and mythical lyrics that solidify Church as every "thinking indie chick"'s crush.
It's always hard to remember that Sea Wolf hasn't been around since my youth. Something about his albums feels like "timeless indie", the type of stuff I listened to in my early teens right along side Pavement and Built To Spill. I feel like last year's solid White Water, White Bloom has been out since my college days and "Middle Distance Runner"? Surely, I've been listening to that since a teen, right?
We wrote a few months back abot how excited we were that Church was coming to Chicago again and how this time, he'd be all by his lonesome, performing solo and acoustic. That excitement? It hasn't been deterred by time at all. In fact, if anything, we've got a ferverent excitement about the set and are already picking out what songs we want to hear Church play. Mood altering favorite "I Made A Resolution" is all but garaunteed with it's shout out to Chicago in the springtime and we're hoping for some reworkings of Church's noisier tracks like "Dew In The Grass" and "Song For The Dead".
Sea Wolf hits Lincoln Hall on the 26th at 8 p.m. with Sera Cahoone and Patrick Park. Tickets are $14 and last time in Chicago, Church, with Sara Lov and Port O'Brien, packed Schuba's to the gills so be sure to get your tickets stat!
FYI - If you google "Sea Wolf", this gem comes up.