Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe

BandAlternativeGothic

ghost music from California

Biography

CHELSEA WOLFE GREW UP IN A CITY OF TREES AND IN-BETWEENS. INSPIRED BY THE STRANGE BALANCE OF BEAUTY AND SADNESS IN THE WORLD AROUND HER, SHE BEGAN WRITING SONGS AT AGE 9 USING A CASIO KEYBOARD AND TAPE MACHINE AND HASN'T STOPPED WRITING SINCE. SHE LEARNED TO PLAY GUITAR WHILE LIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA, AND SHORTLY AFTER HER RETURN TO CALIFORNIA IN 2006, WOLFE PLAYED HER FIRST SHOW IN HER HOMETOWN OF SACRAMENTO. SINCE THEN SHE HAS GONE ON TO TOUR THE WEST AND EAST COASTS OF THE US AND EUROPE.

WITH INFLUENCES RANGING FROM OLD COUNTRY GREATS LIKE HANK WILLIAMS TO ARTISTS LIKE LAURYN HILL, VINCENT GALLO AND PJ HARVEY, WOLFE IS OFTEN FORAYING INTO DIFFERENT EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDS AND MOODS IN HER MUSIC, WHILE STICKING TO THE GENRE OF DARK ALTERNATIVE-FOLK AS HER MAINSTAY. IN A LIVE SETTING, HER EMOTIVE AND OTHERWORLDY VOICE CAN’T BE DENIED, WHETHER SHE IS ALONE ONSTAGE OR BACKED BY HER BAND ADDING ATMOSPHERIC SLIDE GUITAR, PERCUSSION AND CHOIR-LIKE BACKGROUND VOCALS.

A RECENT SHOW REVIEW IN SAN FRANCISCO’S BAY BRIDGED DESCRIBES WOLFE’S VOICE AS “HAUNTING…LAYERED WITH SADNESS AND HONESTY,” AND NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE SAYS, “NO MATTER THE VENUE, WOLFE TAKES THE LISTENER DOWN HER COLD, DARK PATH, BUT USUALLY LEADS US TO SOME SORT OF CLEARING - EVEN IF IT’S JUST A PLACE TO CONTEMPLATE AND TO FEEL OUT OUR SURROUNDINGS FOR A WHILE.. SHE’S LIKE SLAYER, BUT WITHOUT THE STENCH.”

AFTER TAKING TWO YEARS OFF TO RECORD AND TOUR WITH ROCK BAND RED HOST, WOLFE IS BACK WITH AN UPCOMING EUROPEAN TOUR AND A NEW GROUP OF GOTHIC FOLK SONGS RANGING FROM “THE WHYS,” A MOODY POP PIECE SHOWCASED IN A 60'S-STYLE MUSIC VIDEO, TO “UNDERWATER,” AN ODE TO VIRGINIA WOOLF SWIMMING IN LAYERS OF CELLO AND VIOLA.

Discography

LP to be released on Pendu Sound 2009/10, title tba

GOLD full-length, to be released on T-Rec (FR) Jan 2010

Winter Trees EP w/ Sister Crayon released summer 2007

Red Host UNCLEAN EP released 2008

Winter Trees Xmas Bitches EP released December 2008 on Are You Alive Records