Wailing Recluse have emerged from their deep hibernation begun in 1973 to take their first steps in an unsuspecting musical space age which is about to have its bones severely rattled. Richard Terris, the musical force behind Wailing Recluse, has 70s rock running through his very marrow, employing session musicians to offer the heavy ballast to support his humungous voice, a seismic yet melodic roar which immediately brings to mind the legendary pipes of Robert Planet, Paul Rodgers and Ian Gillan. From his Glasgow lair, Terris and Wailing Recluse has set his targets on the modern age and will stop at nothing to spread his vintage sound far and wide.
With a grounding in both the blues and heavy rock, comparisons to acts such as Cream, Free and Led Zep are obvious, but Wailing Recluse don’t just re-capture the sound of these classic acts, they also reflect the excitement, energy and pure, unbridled entertainment they offered. Though many of his songs have sprung from the darker areas of his life, there is a fundamental return to music as both a cathartic force and as escapism, a route to be free of the shackles of the every day humdrum of life and return to less complicated times.
Wailing Recluse’s album is designed to be listened to and savoured – don’t expect any coloured 7” flexi-discs or novelty frisbees. In true 70’s style, the album pivots on two acoustic tracks, essentially the “mid-gig experience” (though there are fortunately no drum solos), bringing a different tone to an album which is full of drama but feels completely genuine. As the band declares on opening track Modes of Persuasion, “Welcome to the show” …and welcome back to 1973, we’ve missed you.