Reignwolf Howls the Blues
Jordan Cook, aka Reignwolf, sweats a lot—a missing component from polished pop hit machines. Fans of scuzzy blues-rock rate him highly, a reputation built on being a hard-working, on-the-road musician. Imagine listening to Jack White, if Jack ate raw meat while baying at the moon.
With his wild, dark hair, he looks good, in a leather-jacketed, bad-boy sort of way. His drum kit logo, reinforcing the lupine theme, is a scary-looking wolf. His blues-rock sounds good, too, with a razor-edged voice and exemplary guitar work.
As well as performing in his band, he plays solo and employs ingenious ways of playing instruments simultaneously, such as playing the drums with a guitar on his lap. He's often seen perched on top of a drum or an amplifier stack, leaping in the air or playing while on the floor. Indeed, these gigs equal the energy of any rock band you can name.
It's not all about thrashing his instrument into submission. He can pin you to the wall with aggressive riffs, but can be subtle too, as on "Are You Satisfied?" or with slow pleas from a broken heart on "In the Dark." On his cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain," the slick original morphs into soulful blues.
He can pin you to the wall with aggressive riffs, but can be subtle too, as on "Are You Satisfied?" or with slow pleas from a broken heart on "In the Dark."
He's been compared to Jack White for his raw energy and his disdain for set lists. He tells Lyfstyl Music:
I’ve never been one for set lists, it’s just one of those things. You can’t know how you’re going to feel and how the audience is going to feel. So it’s the most real thing to live in that moment, and I think that’s why our shows go over really well. We go wherever it feels right to go with the audience. It’s not a planned thing. Every time we’ve ever tried to plan it, say it’s a short show, we’ve tried doing a set list and it just wasn’t right. I don’t think we will ever change, it’s just something that I feel I’ve always done naturally.
It’s no wonder Ozzy Osbourne is a fan, bringing in Reignwolf to open for Black Sabbath. Fans, unfortunately, will have to content themselves with these live shows and singles and while waiting for his debut album.