St. Wolf

ST. Wolf’s new album “Temple” is an interesting drop under Warner Music Philippines, with the band’s record being pushed onto broader waters.

Coming off as a collection of their musical influences, “Temple” brings themes of self-realization and mutuality.

According to Vince Lucero, guitarist of the band, ” ‘Temple’ plays around the themes that include the interconnectedness of our inner and outer worlds. Our world is sick because the people in it are also “sick” internally. Until we realize and accept that, that will be that window where we can make a choice: whether to continue with our
ways, or to improve. If we do choose to improve, the world around us improves as well, but before that happens, it takes a collective effort of the human family. If we don’t, we will be stuck in the same cycle that we are in. The thing is, there really is no “right” or “wrong” choice. It’s all really up to you and what you want.”

Discussing the process of putting the album together, Vince said, “The album was written over the pandemic and most of its themes surfaced around what was happening around us. The difficult part was to come up with an album without being able to be physically together, and so it was a test to our chemistry as a band. To me, we had full trust in ourselves and in each other that we could still pull this body of work off.”

He went on to say that this ongoing pandemic posed an unexpected challenge for the group’s record production. “The biggest challenge was the fact that
we couldn’t be in the same room. But in a way, this was one of the things that made us reflect about themes we wanted to tackle and write about,” Vince added.

St. Wolf took on many forms across their new record. The group’s 11-track album boasts mutating melodies that sound like a journey compressed in over forty minutes. The listener’s first impression might examine the different musical styles, but further listening will give away the correlation of the tracks & lyrics.

“Temple” includes “Am I Enough, “TLKDN;” and current single “Infatuation.” Along with other songs released via YouTube, the record demonstrates the lengths that the band can sonically go to.

After debuting in 2015, St. Wolf sought to make their mark in the highly competitive music scene with their progressing sound that they and their fans call swabecore”. Looking back on their journey so far, St. Wolf’s experimental production style allows the band to take on different sounds and come up with an album worthy of a
listen. Made together with sound engineer Emil Dela Rosa and Faspitch’s Russell Manaloto, “Temple” earns its spot as a dynamic album by a group committed to move farther.

St. Wolf has long explored the range of human emotions through their songs. Despite some of its dark topics, the end products are never unsatisfactory. Given the trajectory that they are on in today’s musical landscape, Vince shared
his take on constant music-sharing. “Just do it. Not just music, but anything you have a deep passion for. I acknowledge that this whole “music industry” thing is a numbers game, but this season of our existence taught me that we are all going to die at some point. It’s a tough (red) pill to swallow but might as well make this whole journey worthwhile and make time to enjoy the little and big things”

St. Wolf’s creative journey had its twists and turns. If you go back to their earlier recordings, you’ll find funky beats merged with emotive lyrics. Most recently, the band aims to infiltrate the convoluted music scene with a dark pop
release. “I hope that people will take the music as their own. I hope it will inspire others to inspire others. To know and decide for themselves their self-worth. To be wolves in a world of sheep,” Vince said, talking about his hopes for
their album.

Everything that St. Wolf had learned and experimented over the years have led to this release. It might be far from their jump-off point, but this evolution proves that St. Wolf’s fanbase can only grow larger.

Source: Manila Bulletin (