The Last Werewolf by The Real Tuesday Weld is rapidly becoming my favourite album of the year, with their “You’re Gonna Live” the best song released this year and “Tear Us Apart” not far behind. I first became aware of the songwriting genius of Mr. Stephen Coates ten years ago when I was running the….
PopMatters introduces us to Glen Duncan and his novel 'The Last Werewolf' & Stephen Coates' musical rendering of the latter. This music review, published by the international online magasine, takes a look at the matching public profiles of both author Duncan and artist Coates, and how their literary and musical geniuses combined is a recipe for a heavenly mix!
The Real Tuesday Weld's album 'The Last Werewolf' takes Glen Duncan's novel as the backdrop for a widescreen emotional cabaret tailor-made for the iTunes generation, for the album is both a high-concept soundtrack plus a diverse playlist for the eclectic of ear and heart, all held within the band's own genre 'Antique Beat'.
"Stephen Coates really got into this Last Werewolf project. Maybe a little too into it. Taking Glen Duncan’s novel of the same name as his inspiration, he’s created not only one of my favorite records this year but also a playlist of werewolf songs."
The novel, described as “sexy, violent, and civilized,” centers on the titular werewolf discovering at last another like him, to join in fighting the anti-supernatural corporations threatening his species. Duncan reads from The Last Werewolf while Stephen Coates, of the Real Tuesday Weld, performs from the soundtrack — both of which are on sale.
It’s probably the best dinner party music we’ve ever heard. With its whispered dialogue, orchestral turns, gleeful winds and strings, and mild electrobeats, The Real Tuesday Weld's "Me and Mr. Wolf" is a bridge from the generation who digs this kind of thing to the generation who’s never understood it. Count us now in the former, and keep your eyes peeled for The Last Werewolf, coming on Six Degrees, July 12.
"The album tracks cover a spectrum of styles, from ’30s ballads to gypsy jazz, electro-swing and torch song to minimal electronica, and feature an array of guest vocalists including Joe Coles, Marcella Puppini (Puppini Sisters), Piney Gir and Pinkie Maclure (Pumajaw). In addition, several cuts feature dialogue from the novel, with Duncan among those lending his voice talents."
Turning our sights from hit-makers and ground-shakers, this week we take a look at the formation of a new type of music that’s slowly making its way into our ear-holes. London-based The Real Tuesday Weld offers up their self-titled “antique-beat” style that’s mixing the likes of early 20th century jazz with electronic beats (it’s also called “electro-swing"). The band is set to release its 7th studio album, 'The Last Werewolf', on the 12th.
As Cyrus (the Warriors) and Booker T once asked: “can you dig it!?” Methinks yes.