DEBUT ALBUM GREATEST HITS OUT 3/29/19
New Single ‘Tell Me a secret’ premiers 2/22/19 on elmore Magazine
First single ‘Rattail’ Premieres 1/31/19 on Americana Highways
The Who? What? When? Why? Werewolves? have just completed their debut album GREATEST HITS and are set to embark on a spring 2019 tour in support of the album’s March 31st release.
“I think you get to a certain point in your life, and you really have to ask yourself what you’re making music for. With the state of the music industry being what it is, there’s not much point in making a record unless you feel really driven to creat something”, says Andrew Fullerton. Fullerton is the lead singer of Indie Americana band “Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves?”, a name so obscure it could only be chosen by a group that really doesn’t give a f*ck about what Music Row thinks. With their newest release, “Greatest Hits” the band celebrates making music purely for the sake of creation, and champions the stories of everyday people trying to make their way in this crazy life.
Fullerton and Banjo player Matt Orlando, who make up the core duo of Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves?, have been playing music together for 15 years. Often mistaken for brothers, the two sing with a synchronicity that can only be achieved through hundreds of shows played together. Before launching Werewolves, they were part of Pennsylvania rock band The Tressels, who released eight full length albums and gained a serious local reputation before calling it quits after almost a decade.
Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves?, sees a genre shift for the pair. With the addition of Pete Clark on fiddle, the band leans heavily towards progressive bluegrass and indie Americana. When asked what prompted the genre change, Fullerton explains, “People would always tell me in The Tressels, ‘You write such beautiful, thoughtful lyrics, but we can’t ever hear them’, so it was somewhat motivated by an interest in showcasing the lyrical content a bit more.” Then he laughs, “but to be honest, we just got tired of carrying so much gear around.” The band is influenced by everything from Doc Watson, John Prine, and Todd Snider to Tool, and Incubus, and they bring their rock and roll spirit with them even as they delve into the acoustic world.
Their debut album, Greatest Hits due 3/29/19 celebrates making music purely for the sake of creation, and champions the stories of everyday people trying to make their way in this crazy life.
The high energy “Stacy’s in the Army” tells the story of a drag queen whom Matt and Andrew befriended after a gig. They later learned that Stacy is an Officer in the US Army. The chorus triumphantly declares “Stacy’s in the army wearing lingerie/Don’t know what the major general’s gonna say/But he’s out there fighting for us everyday”, “His story really struck me becauseI’ve never served in the military, and I don’t thing I could ever do it.” Says Fullerton, “But you hear over and over that the army defends your freedom, and I thought, Stacy is really living that mantra. He serves his country for the right to be able to live however he wants to, and for him that means the freedom to be Stacy”.
Another highlight track, “Rattail” imagines a conversation between father and son about growing up and gaining confidence. “I can tell you’re ashamed of your new haircut/I had a rattail once” sing’s Fullerton. The song honors Fullerton’s relationship with his younger brother, who has always been one of his biggest supporters.
The song recently premiered on Americana Highways, “The fluid banjo and easy hythms of this song will wind its way into your nostalgic emotions with its lyrical confession of vulnerability.”
In addition to writing recording and performing, Fullerton is Executive Chef for a Delaware Restaurant. “It’s kind of like being in a band if you have a really good bunch of people working under you because everyone has got their own little part to play in running the business”. Having grown up in a small town i Pennsylvania and worked for years in the service industry as well as playing in bars and clubs all over the state, it makes sense that Fullertons’s songwriting would find beauty in the subtle dignities of everyday people.
“Greates HIts” is the perfect name for this record, which demonstrates a liberating refusal to be concerned about having any hits at all. “As I’ve gotten older, the scope of my life has gotten narrower. I go to work, I see my family, I play in this band, and that little life, it’s perfect for me. If people don’t care about my music, it’s still good enough for me.” says Fullerton.
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