Amongst a string of summer festivals, and straight off the back of their recent smash ‘Afraid to Fall’ described by Bob Harris simply as, ‘This is just great!’. Gasoline and Matches are keeping us on our toes announcing their follow up single and next instalment from their forthcoming debut album.
Fronted by Birmingham natives Sally Rea Morris and Stephen Marks, ‘Patient Wolves’ demonstrates a more dramatic style of writing with hints of the Little Red Riding Hood tale, complimented by a south of the border Mariachi style horn section. Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant, Editors, Scott Matthews), it really paints a soundscape worthy of cinema! The song captures the feelings of watching from a distance, being the male protector but in the same breath questioning ‘Am I just the same? Hunting prey like the wolf?’
Steve says “There was a point in my life when many of my female friends were being treated badly in their relationships by their male partners. I felt protective but at the same time was conflicted by my own instincts.”
The band initially came across the quote in a newspaper article, but later learned the origin of the expression. “A gentleman is simply a patient wolf” dates back to Hollywood actress Lana Turner. She was referencing her own experiences in Tinseltown, but this sentiment rang true with the band and their similar lived experiences.
This is by far Gasoline & Matches most Americana sounding track to date, so it comes as no surprise that they were selected by The Americana Music Association UK as one of their showcase artists for The Long Road Festival taking place at the end of the month. The band are on an upward trajectory, and it’s exciting to see what’s next for this defiant duo. This is British Country Music levelling up with seismic effect.