You're at a nightclub one night a few years ago-the Lovin' Cup in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, to be exact. Your favorite local singer is on the bill, so you got there early and grabbed the best table. You wait for the gig to start...You wait a little longer... The singer's backup band-guitarist Scott Metzger, bassist Jon Shaw and drummer Taylor Floreth-file onto the stage. Then comes the announcement: The singer never showed up, so tonight it's going to be instrumental music only. Oh, and all of it's going to be made up on the spot, since none of these guys thought they'd be performing on their own. In fact, they never even thought of themselves as a band at all.
This trio is known now as WOLF! In some ways, they're still doing what they did that night at the Lovin' Cup-creating music on the spot, though now in front of audiences that stay put because they know they're in for a few hours of daring, evocative and unpredictable performance. And, yes, they're still working without singers.