Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low EP
(2007, Dangerbird Records)
Alex Church, formerly of Irving, created his Sea Wolf titling in 2000. After playing in Irving for over two years Alex realized that his style of songwriting was slightly different than that of his band mates and began playing Sea Wolf shows on the side. Eventually he quit Irving all together to work on Sea Wolf, and has released his first signed album, Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low EP. Maybe it's just me, but an EP seems a little under-ambitious for someone who has had a music project since 2000, and didn't released anything until 2007. Alex was mostly raised in California and sights many Californian authors as influential to his songwriting. The name Sea Wolf came from a 1904 novel by Jack London of that same name. Alex has a slightly stuffy voice. His lyrics are occasionally charming, but mostly too repetitive. The album opens with an upbeat pop jam "You're A Wolf" and then slowly tapers off into a few more casual subduers. The instrumentation is simple, and right when it feels like it is headed for a monotonous bore it usually finds a way to redeem itself through a subtle musical shift. It's a fairly well put together album, but there is nothing incredibly special about it. I'll enjoy listening to it when it pops up on my party shuffle.
Sea Wolf - "You're A Wolf"