Wolf & Chain, the theatrical emo act from Adelaide just released a vampiric new single “Taste of Blood”. Known for their rock-opera narratives, goth-inspired aesthetics and addictive emo-punk dynamism, Wolf & Chain have been rapidly expanding their cult following since the release of debut EP “An Honest Mistake” in 2020.
Emo You Can Sink Your Teeth Into
The new single “Taste of Blood” oozes with unease from the first ominous strum of the guitar as frontman Jack Cumes’ distinctive vocal tone gasps and growls. Suspense builds as the song remains stripped-back and bare, interwoven with spine-chilling notes of piano and choir harmonies. Suddenly, the track erupts post-chorus with racing drums, moreish punk-infused guitars and the disconcertingly sweet ping of a glockenspiel.
Leaching off this high-octane energy, the song dips briefly to make way for a distorted vocal in the chorus before gushing with quintessential punk-rock progressions in the bridge. Waging a battle between the irresistible hype of a thrashing instrumental, the pull of heavily serrated riffs and the desperately screaming vocals of the front man, the track ends in a three-way tie.
Written about love turning someone into a monster, Cumes further explains the meaning behind the track:
“Vampires feel like such an appropriate metaphor for this concept of deadly love. Those feelings can often leave you craving them, feeling withdrawals and not sleeping at night. Often romanticised as the idea of spending eternity in love, ‘Taste of Blood’ portrays this concept with a darker tone. What appears to be a tall, dark, brooding stranger with inexplicable feelings of love is actually a bloodthirsty stalker who will do anything to have you as their own forever.”
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