Miracle Legion was an American college rock band formed in 1983 in New Haven, Connecticut. Miracle Legion were a Connecticut-based band that immediately sprang to life on the heels of a post-R.E.M. guitar rock boom, chiefly because lead singer Mark Mulcahy's voice bore an uncanny resemblance to Michael Stipe's, and the arpeggio guitar structures were akin to Peter Buck's. But the band -- Ray Neal (guitar), Jeff Wiederschall (drums), and Steven West (bass), and later just Mulcahy and Neal -- ultimately became unique in its own right. The Backyard EP, released by the small Incas Records label in 1984, was an immediate college radio hit, and the band rode high on its popularity for some time. It took until 1987 to get Surprise Surprise Surprise out on Rough Trade, and they were unable to capitalize on the initial buzz; the tone was no longer so sprightly. The follow-up, 1988's Glad, was a collection of originals and some live tracks recorded with Pere Ubu. By 1989, Mulcahy and Neal were working as a duo and released a savvy acoustic album titled Me and Mr. Ray on Rough Trade. Having abandoned the R.E.M. sound, the band found its own direction as a country-rock duo. Drenched arrived in 1992, followed by Portrait of a Damaged Family in 1997, the latter of which was released on Mulcahy's own Mezzotint Records. In 1999 Mulcahy released a solo album, Fathering, as well as music for Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete & Pete. He continued to record solo into the 2000s, putting out the I Just Shot Myself in the Foot Again EP (2000) and the full-lengths Smilesunset (2001) and In Pursuit of Your Happiness (2005).

The Ghost Wolves

"They play stomping blues-garage-punk possessed by who knows what kind of demon...their music has just the right overdose of voodoo punk..." - Rolling Stone Italia

"The pair tour relentlessly, showing a joy in the turn-it-up that evokes the visceral virtues of rock at its most raw and elemental." - Lenny Kaye for emusic.com

"Garage duo The Ghost Wolves are one of the most fun rock n' roll bands you could ever hope to see. Guitar/Vocalist Carley Wolf has an effervescent energy befitting her raucous axemanship, anchored by the steady bump & backing vocals of drummer/husband Jonathan. The pair's chemistry keeps them in sync as musicians and having fun as performers. Of course, the family wouldn't be complete without their real-life ghost white wolves and tour companions Polar & Timber ... who you might just meet for yourself if you catch this awesome band live." Sonic Vault Austin, Top #25 Bands of 2013

"Bodacious garage rock with a sneer" - MountainX ,Asheville NC

"The Ghost Wolves' take on the blues-rock-duo template points in the direction of energizing showmen and musical minimalists such as Hound Dog Taylor. Carley Wolf fronts the band on bare-boned electric guitar, while her musical partner, drummer Jonny Wolf, rocks out without getting in the way. The band tours in the company of a real-life wolf, which from a distance appears friendly." - Cincinnati Courier Post

"A primal musical jewel in wolf's clothing...." - BP Fallon's Wang Dang Doodle

"Primal, grungy, lo-fi, disruptive, exhilarating..." Blurt! Online

"...for the real experience, catch them on stage where their intensity and magnetism are amplified to such levels that you might just put on a mask and let Carley call you "Grandma." - Deli Magazine

"...they opened the evening with a roar both from the stage and, by set's end, from the audience, too. They played so well with such obvious delight that it was impossible not to get on board." Nippertown, Albany, NY

"This duo — female singer/guitarist and male drummer — provides raw, energetic rock that sounds more like it came from the Voodoo-soaked streets of New Orleans or back alleys of New York City than the farmlands of Texas. Punk sensibility, blues style, crashing drums, scattershot harmonies and moments of folk simplicity define the band's six-song EP, In Ya Neck!." — Jeff Hahne, Creative Loafing

"This new Texas based duo blend gritty backwoods blues with hints of Pyschobilly and folk that are conjuring up garage ghosts from the 60's and demons from the Delta. Known around the city for their energetic live show and infectious on-stage chemistry, The Ghost Wolves have been relentlessly touring their debut album, In Ya Neck!, bringing the raw and rabid rock and roll sound from their digitally unscathed record to dive bars across the plains." - Band Soup

"Vibrant delicacies plucked from a humid marsh, so damp that you might be unable to draw a deep breath...for the real experience, catch them on stage where their intensity and magnetism are amplified to such levels that you might just put on a mask and let Carley call you "Grandma." - The Deli Magazine

"The women in Ghost Wolves songs will pull knives on you and they won't be fooled by your blubbering apologies coming well after they should have come. Hell, they don't much like to give forgiveness at any time. Carley Wolf, as she's whetting her knife, sings, "You lied to the wrong woman son." Then, it's lights out." - Daytrotter

"When the Austin band finally let us off the hook and left the stage, the only thing I could think of was the fact that I wanted more. I was ready to take the tunes well into Friday morning, not well short of midnight." - Loopster Live

"Rabid Garage Blues" - Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle

"The Ghost wolves made a mighty punk-rock noise in a powerful opener...their spunky energy engaged the crowd so well they whipped up a noisy singalong" - Albany Daily Gazette

"Their live show is a bit of a spectacle, with Wolf, dressed all in white with a matching Warhol-esque wig, jumping around the stage as she plays. Konya is chatty between songs, making jokes and pushing the record. It's not your typical Austin act..." - Peter Mongillo, The Austin American Statesman

"The music on the duo's debut EP "In Ya Neck" is the kind of mud-splattered, fuzz-covered, goes-to-eleven garage rock you'd expect from an act whose frontwoman is strutting across the stage in a homemade leather minidress." - The Daily Times Knoxville, TN

"The rock & roll of The Ghost Wolves has deep roots...Carley and Jonny are children of the south." - Radio FM4, Austria

"Their music is influenced by shamans, wolf dogs, and blues legend RL Burnside - that the Ghost Wolves makes it one of the most exciting newcomer band from Austin." - On3, Germany

"The two-piece band Ghost Wolves, one of several acts on the lineup from Austin, offered a twist on the White Stripes formula when drummer Jonny Wolf switched places with guitarist Carley Wolf for a song." - USA Today

"The Ghost Wolves might be a mere duo (Carley plays a vintage hollow body guitar, Jonny thrashes the drums and they both sing) but they play hard enough for a full band. Playing second in a four-band showcase (including the Krektones, Alligator Indian and ER Airplane) at Jack of the Wood last Friday, the Ghost Wolves had the crowd on its feet." - Mountain Xpress, Asheville ,NC

"From the opening, bluegrass twang of 'Gonna Live', to the gorgeous live recording of 'First Love', it is clear that the duo's relentless gigging – as well as their strong musical heritage – has produced a collection of tracks that is both exhilarating and infectious." - Chybucca Sounds U.K.

"The Ghost Wolves prove they are separate commodities not to be lumped in with The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and other known blues rock hybrids. Carley and Jon are in their own swamp-world building their own boussilage of organic punk-blues blight. Now all that's left for us to do is get drunk, dirty, and dance." - Bandsoup

"Bluesy fuzz-rock..." - The Miami Herald

"All the right elements are there....confidence, a DIY ethic, and great talent all shine through." - Chief and The Doomsday Device

"While they each have their own impressive musical resumes, together they are an otherworldly presence." KUT- Austin

"The Ghost Wolves' energy and potential lift their live show, which finds Wolf flying around the stage, and they manage to translate some of that energy to the album, where their big, gritty sound renders their bass-less status a nonissue." - Review in The Austin Statesman

"Distorted guitar and sickening amounts of reverb are enough to turn The Ghost Wolves guitarist and vocalist Carley Wolf into a ferocious beast. The white fur boots don't take away from the animal like energy. Carley Wolf slides out blues jams alongside drummer Jonathon Wolf." - Play It By Ear

"(The Ghost Wolves)...have a sound that I like to compare to Flat Duo Jets, The Kills, and of course The White Stripes.They self released their first EP In Ya Neck! in April of this year. The songs on this EP give off vibrations of backwoods folk-blues infused with psychobilly that really are interesting, fast paced and in your face. I'm really interested to see what comes next from this band. They have an awesome and unique style that isn't too common these days." Rabbit's Black Music Blog - L.A. & San Francisco, CA

"Musically, you'll find hints of popular acts in the mainstream such as The White Stripes, but you can definitely feel a bit of Texas lurking...At times, Carley sounds a bit more ferocious than comparable groups, but that sort of passion only strengthens the band's sound. We're really excited about this group. - Austin Town Hall (austintownhall.com)

"Another great band brought to light..." - VivoGig

"...this is not your typical blues-rock set. Songwriters and musicians Carley Wolf and Jonathan Konya give it a gritty edge and a rough '60s garage rock sound that turns heads." - Laurie Gallardo, KUT's Austin Music Minute

"They're able to present the very best of the lovely deep traditions of rock; primitive song structure, pleasingly-familiar progressions, face-melting riffs, unfettered noisy productions." - Austin Independent Music

"In Ya Neck," the debut release from Austin, Texas based duo, the Ghost Wolves is an incendiary six-tune EP responsible for puttin' the shake in your shimmy and the roll within your rock. Lead singer and guitarist, Carley "Carazy" Wolf, and drummer Jonathan "Little Hammer" Konya, have clearly done their homework and are channeling their inner delta blues knowledge and throwing those roots into a cement mixer with '60s-esque garage rock..." - Chris Hislop, Spotlight Magazine, Seacoast, NH

"Pirei em "Gonna Live", na vibe White Stripes, na voz de Dolly Parton, nas botas, no conversível, no baterista perto do teto… sensacional." (English Translation) - "Freaked out on "Gonna Live," the White Stripes vibe, sung by Dolly Parton, the boots, the convertible, the drummer near the ceiling ... sensational." - Boo Monster Bop - Brazil

"Was wurde eigentlich aus den White Stripes? Genau, die Vergangenheit! Nicht, dass Jack and Megan White das letzte Rock 'n' Roll Paar ever gewesen wären. Da gibt es zum Beispiel noch die Kills oder die Ghost Wolves aus Texas. Noch härter, staubiger und traditionsbewusster als die White Stripes arbeiten sich Carley Wolf und Jonathan Konya an den ewigen, in drei Minuten abgehandelten Wahrheiten zwischen Prärie und Jukebox ab. Ein Newcomer-Portrait von Christian Lehner." - FM4 Radio, Austria

"The Ghost Wolves dial up the amplifiers, marrying spooky blues with a little bit of 1960s rock 'n' roll."- Flagstaff Live Magazine, Flagstaff AZ

"Totally inappropriate..." - Folk radio music director (after hearing "In Ya Neck!")

"... the opening two tracks are where the Ghost Wolves really carve out their own exciting sound. "Gonna Live" is a simple bluesy stomp written by the Vulgarians' Michelle Glaw that builds into a huge, cathartic shout-along by the end. Wolf channels My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden on her vocal performance, and the whole thing retains a rootsy feel reminiscent of the video linked to above. "Curl Up and Dye" has a much faster, more vicious feel to it, bordering on punk. These are the two best songs on In Ya Neck!, establishing Ghost Wolves as a blistering force to be reckoned with." - Review on OVRLD.COM

"With nothing but a four-piece drum kit and a hollow-bodied guitar equipped with only one pickup, the Ghost Wolves' onstage rig is anything but Texas-sized. Rather, it's a study in defying the standard laws of minimalism, and the two-man (well, one man and a lady) Delta freakblues outfit stands as proof that you don't need the biggest instruments to fill a room with a witch's brew that's haunting in its simplicity -- haunting, period" - Austin Music Weekly

"Konya and Wolf....have incredible chemistry during the show, making their music even more compelling." - The Daily Vidette, Bloomington, IL

Gusti Escalante and Robbie Jackson met the first day of college in the hills of Nashville. Both came with ambitions to write songs with new friends, but feared the heavy fog of Tennessee pop-country dreams might be all they would find. By the end of that night, they had written their first song together with whatever instruments happened to be unpacked – a floor tom and a guitar. They proceeded to write a song-a-day for a week, birthing a rare musical kinship – One that cut through the cloud of vanilla country music they feared would smother them.

Moving the songs from the bedroom to the stage, their creative synergy is tangible. A mutual appreciation for the charisma and melody of classic British artists such as David Bowie, Echo and the Bunnymen, and J.A.M.C.; as well as the nostalgia of classic Americana informs songwriting that is beyond their years. Gusti's earnest lyricism wrapped in a reverby haze of guitars, worms its way into your heart.

Before long their confident live show caught on around town, and soon Keeps found themselves opening for trending artists like Tennis, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, COIN, Craft Spells, Horse Thief, and more. Soon the touring bands they played with in Nashville started inviting them to new cities, and they found enthusiastic audiences dotted throughout the south and midwest.
Now, with school finished or put aside, Gusti and Robbie are prepared to release their debut album 'Brief Spirit'. The record, self-produced over a handful of long nights, is filled with the strong melody and kaleidoscopic arrangements fans expect live. What listeners may not expect is a hint of the magical kinship so wonderfully realized in their live performance, and makes Keeps a truly special band

Brooks Strause

Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Virgo, Leo rising. Brooks has made 8 solo records: The Misanthrope and his Doubtful Faith(2007), Dead Animals(2009), Apostatize!(2010), My Foreign Right Hand(2011), Acid Casual(2013), Renaissance Beast(2014), Aeiouns(2014) and The Chymical Wedding of Brooks Strause(coming soon). He plays solo and with his rock and roll backing band, The Gory Details. He is also a member of the aggressive ragtime/dark folk band, The Old Scratch Revival Singers.

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