Patrick Wolf

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Patrick Wolf Biography

Patrick, now age 23, grew up in South London and began refining his precocious talents at the age of eleven when he escaped from school troubles by late night experimentation in the corners of his bedroom with his violin, voice and car boot sale organs on a four-track tape recorder. Although beginning his musical education a few years before with rigorous violin lessons and church choirs, it wasn't until Patrick's obsession for early twentieth-century electronics - which lead to a study and construction of a Theremin - that Patrick really developed a strong ambition to create new and innovative music and that has power and emotion enough to communicate directly to the heart.

Further fuelled by a turbulent teenage period that included changing schools due to bullying and performing with pop-art collective Minty at the age of fourteen, Patrick began writing and recording with an urgency that caught the attention of Fat Cat Records, who donated Patrick an Atari computer and a mixing desk - tools that helped further Patricks unique production and programming. Stumbling across his mother's Joni Mitchell records led to a further epiphany to the art of songwriting and empty books were steadily filled up with poems, lyrics and short stories.

At 16, Patrick left home and spent the next few years wild and free around London making money from, amongst other things, busking in a string quartet and forming a group called "Maison Crimineaux", a noisy and rude duo that built its destructive ethics around white noise, pop music and a kick up the stagnant London music scene. All the time still writing and recording his own material with an almost diary-like diligence, Maison Crimineaux were asked to perform in Paris, a chaotic show which was attended by Capitol K, the man who went on to release the debut album, "Lycanthropy" the chronicle of Patrick's teenage triumphs and disasters.

While "Lycanthropy" was being recorded and prepared, Patrick studied one year of a degree in composition at Trinity College music conservatoire, the fruits of which can really began to be heard on this second album. His vocal chords have also began to be open up to an almost supernatural range for a boy, inspired by the extended vocal techniques of Meredith Monk.

"Lycanthropy" was released in the Summer of 2003 and was met to much critical acclaim, reaching no. 39 in the NME's top LPs of the year, no.39 in Logo Magazine's top LPs of the year, 41 in's LPs of the year, and with The Independent naming him one of the acts to watch in 2004 (along with Franz Ferdinand). Patrick was also making guest appearances as a Viola player with Chicks on Speed and The Hidden Cameras. Cologne-based label Tomlab picked up the album for America and Europe, which led to successful tours and an ever-growing fan base in these territories.

His second LP "Wind in the Wires" received even more acclaim (including a 2 page 8/10 lead NME review, 8.2 review on Pitchfork and no 4 in's top 50), and Patrick toured extensively in the UK and throughout Europe, culminating in supporting Bloc Party on their autumn 2005 sold out tour, his own sell-out show at London's Scala, and signing his first major record deal.

Patrick finished his third album "The Magic Position" on the 30th of June this year on his 23rd birthday to be released by UK indie label Loog, in cooperation with a worldwide deal through Polydor/Universal in the February of 2007, preced by the release of two singles, the first recently announced as "Accident & Emergency" that has been slated for release on October 9th this year

The roots of Patrick Wolf's music seem to be stretch far, wide and beyond, from PJ Harvey to Stockhausen, English folk music to the grand old Chet Baker.It seems the diversity and turbulence of his life experience to date have done nothing but add to the depth and passion of his creation. There is no doubt that he will continue to produce such ground-breaking work and steadily gather the attention of more listeners across the world with his music, performance and communication. Stay tuned for many many more suprises and adventures to come.

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The Latest Patrick Wolf News

Donna Summer Dead At 63: Music Loses Its First Lady Of Disco

17th May 2012

The legendary disco singer Donna Summer has passed away, at the age of 63. After a lengthy battle with lung...

Wolf Supports Allen's Anti-piracy Campaign

17th September 2009

Outlandish British singer PATRICK WOLF has backed LILY ALLEN's campaign against internet piracy - insisting he struggles to even pay...

Wolf Apologises For Onstage Fury

20th August 2009

British singer PATRICK WOLF has publicly apologised for exploding with fury onstage in Germany last week (13Aug09) after concert bosses...

Wolf's Onstage Fury

15th August 2009

British singer PATRICK WOLF exploded with fury onstage in Germany on Thursday (13Aug09) night when concert bosses cut short his...

Wolf's Eurovision Plans

8th July 2009

British singer PATRICK WOLF is planning to compete in next year's (10) Eurovision Song Contest if fans approve of the...

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Patrick Wolf Reviews

Patrick Wolf - Sundark and Riverlight Album Review

27th November 2012

"I'm a river and a water person", Wolf told EQ way back in 2008 before...

Patrick Wolf - Nottingham Rescue Rooms Thursday 17th March 2011 Live Review

29th March 2011

Much more than a multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wolf is a showman. Throughout five albums across eight...

Patrick Wolf - The Bachelor Album Review

7th May 2009

Review of Patrick Wolf's album The BachelorWhat time is it Mr. Wolf? It's time to...

Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position Album Review

13th March 2007

Patrick WolfThe Magic PositionAlbum ReviewIn casual circles, Patrick Wolf is being regarded as something of...

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Patrick Wolf Festivals

Truck Festival

18th July 2014

T in the Park

11th July 2014

Summer Sundae Weekender

17th August 2012

Lovebox Weekender

18th July 2014

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The Latest Patrick Wolf Press Releases

Patrick Wolf's 2013 'A Night Of Winter' Eu And UK Headline Dates Announced

7th November 2013

Patrick Wolf is pleased to announce a run of live shows in the UK and Europe...

Patrick Wolf 'Sundark And Riverlight' Available Today Exlcusively Through Itunes

19th October 2012

Fresh off the North American portion of his 10-year...

Patrick Wolf To Release 'Brumalia' Ep On November 28th 2011

12th October 2011

Following a Summer packed full of festival appearances, Patrick Wolf will release a brand new...

Patrick Wolf Announces Headline UK October And November Tour 2011

13th June 2011

The magnificent Patrick Wolf will embark on a headline UK tour in October and November this...

Patrick Wolf Unveils 'Lupercalia' Packshot

28th March 2011

'Lupercalia' out 30th May - tracklisting as follows: The City House Bermondsey...

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