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Wolf! Premiere New Song, "Pork 'n' Slaw"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Pork 'n Slaw," a new song by Wolf!, a Brooklyn-based band featuring guitarist Scott Metzger.

The track is from the band's second album, 1-800-WOLF!, which will be released October 14 viaRoyal Potato Family.

Metzger—a Tele player in the spirit of Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan and James Burton—has played with everyone from Phil Lesh & Friends, Moby to Nicole Atkins and beyond.

"This is a first take with all of us—including bassist Jon Shaw and drummer Taylor Floreth—playing together live in the same room with no overdubs to tape," Metzger says. "'Pork n Slaw' has been kicking around in our live set for a long time now, but we've never been able to get a version of it in the studio we were happy with until now... ."

1-800-WOLF! represents everything that eludes chest-thumping power trios and even small jazz ensembles. Nobody shows off. There are no fireworks, no screaming solos. In their place, the music of Wolf! overflows with atmosphere—a wisp of Parisian swing in “Oaxaca Ox,” a dreamy seaside mist in “Bohemian Grove,” a Tarantino moonlight spell on “Furry Freedom,” a creamy, gorgeous texture on “Denim Love Affair,” where Metzger’s solo, as always unadorned by effects, is so spare it’s almost not there. And on every track, silences speak as eloquently as the notes they surround.

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Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.