PRICK AND DING #78:WOLF IN A SPACE SUIT

Each week Fresh On The Net invites an artist or band to answer a short series of questions in Prick & Ding: the two and a half minute interview. It's convenient and quick - like enjoying a tasty microwave meal!
THIS WEEK:WOLF IN A SPACE SUIT

Wolf In a Spacesuit is the music experiment of Algebra Huxley, a lifelong musician living in Astoria, NY.

This is jump out of bed & embrace the day music,this is bright,warm,melodic music that bounces off the sides of your heart & your soul on its way to planting a great big smile on your mush.
There is an immense skill of a craftsman at work here in having the ability to sow these layers of sound together to make a collective YES! & to offer the listener a completed aural vision.
As a music maker myself I often suggest to others that you have to teach your ears over the years & then you have to trust them when its time to create the parts & sow it all together,align that to a real love for doing it in your own image plus a wonderfully active imagination & bingo-we are go Houston!
I can really recognise these elements in the work of Wolf in Space Suit.I feel the love Algebra(& Matt) have put into his work,hope you do too.Thanks to Nat Lyon at Louder Than War for bringing him to my attention.
So who is this Wolf in a space suit?
Algebra learned harmony at the age of seven from his father and spent hours in front of his grandparents’ upright piano. He experimented, pressing keys, and he was entranced by the sounds the piano made. In middle school he played for the school band. Over the course of two years he moved from saxophone to trumpet to the tuba and by high school he became bored and quit.

Algebra got his first electric guitar (and, of course, a distortion pedal) when he was twelve. He began writing music shortly thereafter. By high school he began writing with a 4-track cassette recorder, building sounds and harmonies. He had been in bands from middle school on but preferred to work alone.Wolf In a Spacesuit began in 2007 and shortly thereafter he released a collection of short song experiments (Pink Slip EP). In 2009, after moving to Chicago from Indiana, he released a second EP entitled Pomegranate Stationary. Pomegranate contained the track ‘Bark of a Cedar’ which brought attention to the band for the first time among blogs and independent radio stations. In 2010 ‘Bark of a Cedar’ was released on 7” vinyl by Hi-Scores.

In 2012 Algebra, backed by a live band, took Wolf In a Spacesuit on their first tour with his friend Spooky Cheddar (famed internet poet, Heiko Julien).
Immediately after the tour Algebra moved to Brooklyn and began work on the first Wolf In a Spacesuit full-length. He was introduced to Matt Boynton, owner of Vacation Island Recording, through a mutual friend and they recorded the album over the second half of 2013.

Blighter Days, the wonderful first Wolf In a Spacesuit full-length, is out now on Bandcamp and all good outlets.

Please lend your ears to Wolf in a Space Suit for Prick and Ding 78

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1. What are you up to at the moment?
I just finished my first album, Blighter Days, working with Matt Boynton. He runs a studio called Vacation Island in Williamsburg, a part of Brooklyn, NY. My friend, Andrew,
of MGMT hooked me up with him and we worked together really well and became good friends in the process. Right now I’m working a day job and putting together a live
show for Wolf In a Spacesuit which I hope to start rolling out in early 2014. I also just drank a half-gallon of orange juice and when I move my stomach makes a sloshing sound.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
I met Alvin and the Chipmunks outside of a Hardees fast food restaurant in 1984 and, graciously, none of them tried to molest me.

3. Hero?
This is a hard one. I have a hard time finding people that I look up to. George Carlin is a great inspiration to me. The man just always knew what was up.
In my mind he was the greatest philosopher of the 20th century. Rest in peace.

4. Villain?
To me the biggest villain is delusion. The ease with which we misinterpret information to make our realities more comfortable. We do it with our words and actions
daily.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Myself. I constantly make up terrible jokes and I’m the only one who thinks they’re funny according to my girlfriend.

6. Describe what you do?
I eat a lot of salsa and drink a lot of water. I read a lot of trivial information. I watch the same films repeatedly.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
MEDUSA. I would walk onto the set of Fox News and turn their viewership into stone.

8. Best musical experience to date?
Any time I get to harmonize with people I love it’s a beautiful experience.
Other great experiences:
The first time I heard ‘Surf’s Up’ by The Beach Boys
The first time I heard ‘Point to B’ by Prefuse 73

9. What artist inspires you?
Brian Wilson inspires me greatly. I admire artists who work alone and control all aspects of their craft. Grimes, Aphex Twin, etc.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
I hate the notion that everything has been done before. It’s not true if I haven’t experienced it. All experiences are relative and can
be interpreted differently by the mind that sees them.

Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom's legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music - having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube...

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