Vinyl Pressing Review

S.M. Wolf

S.M. Wolf

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 09.10.2013

S.M. Wolf is the new recording project of Indianapolis songwriter Adam Gross, best known for his role as front man of under-appreciated indie rock outfit Amo Joy. The five tracks that comprise the debut 7" were released on a split cassette with Sorry Joint earlier this year. The songs were recorded at home in a two-day span, with Gross playing every instrument himself. The material doesn't stray far from Amo Joy's formula for top notch rock n' roll. With the addictive melodies and memorable lyricism at play here, who would want them to?

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


The production quality on this EP is remarkable, given the rushed and DIY nature of the recording process. The vocals are a bit brash in spots, but they're up front and discernible throughout. The guitars are strong and driven. The flourishes of synth are bright and assertive without distracting. The rhythms are energetic, giving the recordings a live feel that is a testament to Gross's gift for arrangements.

Pressing Quality:


It appears In Store Recordings gave this release the full EP treatment, despite its diminuitive size. They squeezed five tracks on the 7", and none feel rushed or cut short. The paper sleeve is standard issue, but the gatefold jacket and colored vinyl are a notch above. The vinyl feels heavy and durable. No warping, weaving, inner groove distortion or other manufacturing flaws present.

Vinyl Noise:


This is a pretty quiet release throughout. No static or skipping present. My copy did have a couple of minor pops on the a-side. As previously stated, there is very little time between tracks but it's a quiet pressing overall.

Overall Artwork:


The cover art was handled by Tyler Nally and Tanner Standridge. It features a psychedelic, day-glo color scheme that features repeating, multi-colored wolf skulls above a collage of Asian musicians and cartoons. It's a hand-numbered gatefold design, but there is no additional artwork on the inside panels.

Overall Extras:


The EP includes a digital download with two additional bonus tracks. The colored vinyl is beautiful, and the gatefold jacket is a nice touch. It's tough too imagine cramming too many more goodies in a 7" release.

Reviewed By:
Rob Peoni

I'm a longtime music junkie who began collecting vinyl around three years ago. I have around 300 titles that span a broad variety of genres. I tend to gravitate toward...

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Total Score

: 4.25



Label: In Store Recordings
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 7.00
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 7 inch EP
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: unknown
Color: marbled purple
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:

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