The Grand Southern Electric gospel
DeWolff is a three-headed rock ’n roll monster from the Netherlands. They were barely teenagers when the band was born in 2007 on a diet of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Leon Russel, Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin by brothers Pablo (singer/guitarist) and Luka van de Poel (drums), 13 and 15 at the time, and Hammond organist Robin Piso, who was 17. Their blend of expansive neo-psychedelia saw them get their first record contract a year later. Since then they released an EP, 5 studio albums and a live album (which all charted high in their homeland, top 10 or 20), recorded with legendary people like Mark Neill, and spent most of their adult life on stage and on the road, doing over 800 shows in the past years.
You can imagine seeing DeWolff live is an experience you will never forget: it’s a mixture of inexhaustible energy, great musicianship, contagious enthusiasm and a play-like-it’s-your-last-show-mentality that seems pretty rare nowadays. As well as selling out 3,500 capacity venues in their homeland, they also did several sold-out tours in Europe, travelled as far as Australia and the US, played to 30,000 at e.g. Pinkpop, Lowlands and Sziget, as well as Eurosonic, Reeperbahn, WDR’s Rockpalast, Rock Oz Arenes, Transmusicales, Montreux Jazz, Arezzo Wave Love and many more.
They supported e.g. The Black Keys, Deep Purple and Ten Years After on tours, and even had Deep Purple/Rainbows’ Roger Glover impressed on the side of stage: ‘I love your band man, it sounds awesome.’ Also Seasick Steve was flabbergasted when he once woke up backstage and heard DeWolff play at the same festival: ‘that was amazing guys, I thought I heard The Allman Brothers playing in my dream but it was you.’ He was so enthusiastic that he immediately personally introduced them to Robert Plant as well. Wow, how many heroes does a band want as their fans?
In 2014 the band moved to Utrecht, where they started their own 100% analogue ‘Electrosaurus Southern Sound Studio’. This is also where they produced their new album ‘THRUST’ between June and August 2017. Besides producing their own albums, Pablo is also a producer for some of the Netherlands hottest upcoming bands and on top of that they also release records on their own Electrosaurus Records Label. There is now a thriving music scene in the country with DeWolff at the dead centre of it and in 2017, the band celebrated their 10th Anniversary in fine style as they headlined their own DeWolffest Festival.
At the end of 2017 the band took a next step and signed with Mascot Records to release their 6th studio album ‘THRUST’ worldwide on May 4, 2018. The time was right to make their most ambitious and contemporary album to date. It represents the sound of rock ‘n’ roll in 2018; equal doses of anger, frustration, emotion and at times disillusion with the state of the world today and all delivered in a hooky and gloriously epic fashion. “We wanted an album that sounded heavy and modern, unlike our previous albums that all sound “vintage” and could’ve been made in the 70’s”. Ten years of being a band and wanting to produce their greatest record to date has made ‘THRUST’ a full representation of the DeWolff live experience incorporated with experimentation in the studio. “A lot of people would come up to us after seeing us live and they would say ‘I love your records but when you play live, there is this bit extra’. With this record we were really aware of that, so we were really striving to make an album that not necessarily sounds like a live album but had the same energy as we have live and we think that really worked out.”