The Austin-based duo reminds many of The White Stripes, but perhaps only in energy, gender and eccentricity. Their charming-mysterious style is uniquely their own, musically and visually. They are clearly influenced by The Cramps or The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. With nothing but a four-piece drum kit and an electric guitar, Carley and Jonny create huge sound.
The Ghost Wolves are all canine fangs, wailing guitars and smash 'em up drums. The band's name mirrors the ferocious, primal sounds the Texas duo conjure from drums and guitar and acknowledges Carley's upbringing among hybrid wolves on her family's ranch. The duo take inspiration from a variety of American styles - blues, rock n' roll, swamp-boogie à la Bo Diddley - and spin it into a hybrid they've dubbed "stomp n'roll."
The Ghost Wolves are known for their infectious on-stage chemistry and raw energy, presenting "face-melting riffs and unfettered noisy productions" (Austin Independent Music) to live crowds around the world. The band tours relentlessly and is always creating new music videos, art and custom stage wear. The played over 800 shows to date, in 11 countries including Ireland, Japan, the USA and western Europe. In 2014 alone the band played SXSW, Austin Psych Fest, Ireland’s Electric Picnic, plus their first 27 European tour dates. Japanese fashion line, Hysteric Glamour, brought them to Tokyo to play their 30th Anniversary event.
The band formed in 2011 and released their first EP titled, "In Ya Neck!", followed by the seven‐inch, "Getchya Hip Thrust", before signing to Nashville’s Plowboy Records in 2014 and releasing the album, "Man,Woman, Beast". The album was recorded at Austin’s famed Arlyn Studios (where Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan have taped) and was mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, The Ramones, The Clash). The Ghost Wolves have collaborated in the studio and on stage with Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Alejandro Escovedo, Johnny Vidacovich (New Orleans’ drumming legend) and BP Fallon (Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy).
"Shotgun Pistol Grip", recorded on Carley’s vintage one‐string Teisco guitar and one of several live during which Jonny plays drums with his feet and left hand ‐ while playing an analog synthesizer with his right ‐ has been featured on the hit TV series Shameless. "Dangerous Moves" was used in Oxygen’s Bad Girl’s Club and in the over‐the‐top trailer for Japanese martial arts film Why Don't You Play in Hell? "Attack Attack Attack" was heard on MTV's Real World: Explosion, Oxygen used "Itch" on Funny Girls, and Oxygen's Best Ink used "Gonna Live" and "Baby Fang Thang". In 2015, the band continued touring in the USA and Europe, playing to packed clubs across both continents.
The band recorded 15 new tracks with Austin based producer Mike McCarthy (Trail Of Dead, Spoon, OBN III's). The new album "Texas Platinum" will be released in spring 2017 in the US and in Germany on Hound Gawd Records.
"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
"Bodacious garage rock with a sneer"
- MountainX, Asheville NC
"A primal musical jewel in wolf's clothing..."
- BP Fallon's Wang Dang Doodle
"Primal, grungy, lo-fi, disruptive, exhilarating..."
- Blurt! Online
"Vertreter dieser reinen - Pardon - schmutzigen Lehre sind etwa: Hazil Atkins, die Cramps, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Flat Duo Jets und wieder Elvis, der Glanz und Elend im Rock 'n' Roll verkörperte wie sonst niemand. Und da wären noch die Ghost Wolves aus Austin, Texas. Carley Wolf und Jonathan Konya sind das netteste Paar, das man sich vorstellen kann - privat. Anders die Lyrics und der Sound des Duos. Da werden keine Gefangenen genommen, da fliegen die Fetzen, da splittern die Knochen."
- Deutschlandradio Kultur
"...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
"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
"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
"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 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
"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
"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
"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
""While they each have their own impressive musical resumes, together they are an otherworldly presence."
- KUT- Austin