Animal noises. Folk rock. Classic Rock. Indie. These are all terms that can be used to describe one of Fort Collins’ relatively new bands — Ambassador Wolf. The self-proclaimed “folk-inspired gypsy rock band” has already established itself as a new sound in music that is unique to the CSU scene. The group is composed of graduate engineering students and can be summed up in one phrase: a rockin’ blend of unique sounds.
Ranging from more classic rock tracks to folk rock jams that echo subtle influences of Mumford and Sons, Ambassador Wolf has figured out more than one way to play and perform. They have all of the classic rock instruments plus a banjo and a cello that add a unique folk flair to their sound. Plus, they have sweet wolf masks made from bike helmets that they wear, which make them even cooler.
The band consists of Jason Prapas (lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, whistle, accordion), Marc Baumgardner (backup vocals, acoustic guitar, animal sounds), Tim Vaugn (drums) and Caleb Elwell (bass guitar, cello). Each member brings forth a different flavor that adds to the group and gives them an overall sound that comes across as professional and diverse. If Mumford and Sons, Devotchka and Blind Pilot all joined forces to become one super being, Ambassador Wolf would be the outcome. The group has recently completed a new album, which is a great listen.
Their new EP album, Tracks in the Woods, is diverse and yet grounded in its own right. The first song on the album, Mechanism, immediately grabbed my attention with its saturated bass line and rich vocals. By the fourth song on the album, the sound had changed drastically, yet held onto the same principles. This song, entitled Ayaviri, channels folk rock tunes that rock back and forth. It got me bobbing my head until the last note was played. The changing tempos kept me on my toes and left me wanting more of the Ambassador Wolf jams. It’s a shame that this album is only five tracks long.
To hear the kickin’ new album, check out Ambassador Wolf on iTunes or on their Facebook page.