The Francis Wolves are a 7 piece instrumental band from Brisbane, Australia. The self-described heavy soul and rare groove merchants play music influenced by each others record collection featuring afrobeat, soul, late 60s funk, jazz and garage psych.
The band started back in 2009 with bassist Brian L’Huillier, drummer Dave Kemp and guitarist Jason Elliott performing under the name Soul Mechanics. It was at this time the band served duties as the house band for the popular Gertie’s Bar & Lounge in Brisbane’s inner east.
With the addition of 4 new members and the occasional guests, the newly formed Francis Wolves left their home at Gertie’s and began writing material for a debut album.
Their debut double single “Valley Heat / Deep in the Ju Ju” is slated for release in May 2015 with the album following later in the year.
The Francis Wolves are:
Dave Kemp – Drumset
Brian L’Huillier – Bass
Jason Elliot – Guitar
Kellee Green – Organ
Rohan Hardy – Baritone and Alto Saxophone
Andrew Butt – Tenor Saxophone
Michael Rogers – Trumpet
Members of the Francis Wolves have supported, or toured in support of, the following artists:
The Hoodoo Gurus, Tism, Vince Jones, You Am I, Spider Bait, Aquabats (US), Killing Heidi, Bodyjar, The Datsuns (NZ), The Night Beats (US), The Cosmonauts (US)
Members of The Francis Wolves have played in or with the following bands or musicians:
Van Dyke Parks, Dianna Krall, James Morrison, Megan Washington, Emma Pask, Sam Brookes, Phil Noy (The Bamboos) Dead Shades, Lovers of Modern Art, The Daybridges, Ubique Trio, David Campbell, Denvar, Bang Bang Boss Kelly, Dan Acfield, Franks Fishbowl, Chucknee, Miguel, Trichotomy, The Slow Push, Doch Gypsy Orchestra, Barksdale Brass Band, Dub Doubt, Orphans of Rat Scabies, Damo Suzuki, Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (EMO), Cuban National Ballet (yeah we did!)