Peter & the Wolves bring the rockabilly goodness

Rockabilly wolves // Clayton Hansen
Rockabilly wolves // Clayton Hansen

Run a comb through that pompadour and perfect those victory rolls, because Peter & the Wolves is bringing back the good-old days of jukebox rock with its debut album.

The aptly titled disc, Here Comes Peter & the Wolves, is straight-up rockabilly, full of ’50s-style swing rhythms capped off with frontman Peter Cormier’s Elvis-like vocals. Cormier and bassist Theo Waite have known one another since they were kids—their dads played in a band together in their hometown of Bowness (now part of Calgary)—so music has been an integral part of both their lives, though that didn’t mean rockabilly initially. Cormier landed on the genre after some trial and error as he tried to figure out the appropriate outlet for the type of songs he had been writing, which he describes as dance music that wasn’t necessarily lyrically intense.

“Just that simple rock ‘n’ roll, swingin’ jukebox style,” he says, noting the Stray Cats as a prominent influence on his music. “I used to just play drums; I still think I’m mostly a drummer, but I played drums in a punk band and it was just kind of too much to manage at once. I figured I should stick to one project and see where I can take it.”

Cormier and Waite recruited drummer Angela White, a veteran of the Calgary rockabilly scene, whom they met after hanging around at shows. The band has since added Paul Rodermond to the mix on organ, which further enhances the vintage, dance-ready esthetic that permeates its new album.

“If someone’s buying a CD without having seen us live, I want them to come not to see us, but just to come dance do us,” Cormier says, noting he’s struggled finding the right type of shows for that in the past. “I mean, I like dancing—not jumping about with your fists in the air, not that kind of dancing—but it was just hard to find the right kind of shows to go to. I want to be that sort of dancing show: no matter how much room there is for a dance floor, there’s always a dance floor.”

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