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….
“All the songs on The Last Werewolf album are inspired by Glen Duncan's book The Last Werewolf, by its characters, relationships and situations. But they are also intended to communicate something wider, something more general and, despite the title, more human. In the case of "Tear us Apart" I wanted to subvert the usual idea in pop songs that love does bad things to us - you know 'only love can break your heart', 'love will tear us apart' and so on.
“Songs for The Last Werewolf” is an album of music inspired by Glen Duncan’s book of the same title. It sits somewhere between the soundtrack of a non-existent movie, adding atmosphere to the unfilmed scenes, and with the mixture of music and snatches of spoken word – presumably dialogue from the novel – a musical interpretation of the novel. Here though the music tells the story arc by itself that it could stand alone well enough without these additional narrative hints.
Perfect and dazzling latest release from The Clerkenwell Kid and his band of Merry Men – The Real Tuesday Weld – returning with part-theatrical retelling of the Glen Duncan book, 'The Last Werewolf' and part-mythical-musical mystery tour through genres and rabbit-holes eternal…
British sonic adventurer Stephen Coates once had a dream about an American film star Tuesday Weld and subsequently named his band after her. He deals in the retro sounds he calls “antique beat” and draws on cabaret, jazz and classical music while adding minimal electronica for a sophisticated modern twist.
We love a madly ambitious art project. On this album, Stephen Coates’ art-jazz ensemble provides mistletoe-free music and lycanthropic lyrics to accompany Glen Duncan’s self-explanatory novel The Last Werewolf. Its quite brilliant. Oh, and Piney Gir guests on the album. How circular.
Stephen Coates – aka The Real Tuesday Weld – is generally known for his artful rewiring of antique swing 78′s, so the opening track of his soundtrack to Glen Duncan’s novel, a blood-curdling, throat-shedding howlin’ wolfman blues, is something of a departure. Elsewhere “Love Lust Money”, “The Hunt” and “Tear Us Apart” propose a flappertronic marriage between 1920′s darling Anita Loos and the Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennanant.
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!