Sometimes it takes a while for a British music phenomenon to finally translate — or even be available — in America. Witness Florence and the Machine, who took a full year to break stateside.
Our next trans-Atlantic prediction?
A British gentleman calling himself Wolf Gang (real name: Max McElligott) who resembles your average Starbucks barista but sounds like mid-period, Midge-Ure-fronted Ultravox.
His first US single, “The King And All Of His Men,” has just gone up on iTunes, with an attendant video floating around in the YouTube ether. Watch and listen — you’ll see what we mean.
“King” is featured on Wolf Gang’s recent UK album “Suego Faults,” which will hit these shores early next year via Atlantic — as the artist himself will go on extensive tour.
As the legend goes, the kid’s original bedroom demo of the song “Lions in Cages” was discovered by keen-eared producer Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Flaming Lips), who promptly flew McElligott out to his Cassadaga, N.Y., Tarbox Road Studios to track his first “WOLF GANG” EP last year.
Soon, the Bowie/Roxy Music/Talking Heads-inspired Wolf Gang was booked on this year’s red-hot NME Radar Tour, and even opening for Florence in England. And the UK edition of GQ Magazine just listed him as one of the “100 Best Things in the World Right Now.”
Thanks for waiting, folks — your patience will be rewarded!