The music of Rheostatics has been described variously as prog, art-rock, orchestral psychedelia and a loosely organized cacophony of sound! To categorize the music of Rheostatics is close to impossible beacause they are so totaly unperdictible. Writing about their music is like dancing with sculptures, and that dance is actually often very exciting and fascinating!
Martin Tielli the guitarist of Rheostatics states, «The modus operandi of the Rheostatics, is that you can be a complete buffoon one minute and then say something profound the next».
The Rheostatics have released eleven albums since 1987, but only one release on a major label, which speaks to their independent spirit, tenacity and mutual, though not unchallenged, commitment. Inspired by such national treasures as the Group Of Seven, Stompin Tom Connors, the divinatory — not divine — government of Mackenzie King, rolling prairies, Canada’s national game, les couriers du bois and more, the Rheos have plundered the Canadian mythos to become a kind of bedrock myth themselves.
Ever bound for ragged glory, Rheostatics occupy a unique place in the Canadian music landscape, pulled together and apart for nearly forty years. Finding grace in the reality of endurance, Rheostatics show us a special type of longevity, through upheaval, personal (and personnel) change, and a basic refusal to play the game in any way, shape or form, stretched over decades. Now, Rheostatics return with Here Come The Wolves, their first new album in 15 years. The title track Here Comes The Wolves,
The title track, a gear shifting, vocal stacking, wild riffing, shot kicking,” testament to finding balance in discord, exemplifies this spirit literally (everybody gets a solo) and figuratively (it’s a complex but catchy tune). This single, a funny term for a song of three distinct parts, is a metonymic microdose of stacking wholes: the album, the band in 2019, the Rheostatics very way of being since 1980. The track Vancouver,
On Here Come The Wolves, you’ll find Rheostatics trusting their complicated formula, a signature multiplicity of songwriters, artistic instincts and concerns. Produced by Chris Stringer with mixing contributions by Chris Walla, Michael Phillip Wojewoda and Gus Van Go, over twelve songs Here Come The Wolves unfurls like a cross-section of the band’s cumulative experience, individual and collective. The track The Beautiful Night,
Six Shooter Records fires «Here Come The Wolves, with a Martin Tielli arrow, a thesis on time and its abstractions via a revelatory glimpse into the making of the album art. Come for the behind-the-scenes snoop into Tielli’s painting studio, stay for the free tutorial on the Renaissance technique of egg tempera grassa (“cannot vouch for reptilian egg”). The video, a rollercoaster ride through a painstaking and deliberate process, does with video what Here Come The Wolves does with music: it leaves its trace».
Rheostatics are also famous for nurturing new talent. In the beginning, their annual, and now legendary, Green Sprouts Music Week, which not only showcased the Rheos, but gave new opportunity to up-and-coming bands searching for opportunity. That same supportive attitude now extends to their annual Winter (Fall) Nationals, the latest of which was an 11-night stand at the Horseshoe Tavern in November 2004, and which featured guest performers from across Canada. The 2005 edition happens December 8-17 at the same venue.