1522 N STREET #102
BIO: Chelsea Wolfe grew up in a city of trees and in-betweens.
Inspired by the strange balance of beauty and sadness in the world
around her, she began writing songs at age 9 using a casio keyboard
and tape machine and hasn't stopped writing since. she learned to play
guitar in church while studying in south africa, and shortly after her
return to california in 2005, Wolfe played her first solo show in her
hometown of sacramento, california. Since then she has released one
full length album and gone on to tour the west and east coasts of the
US and France.
With influences ranging from old country greats like Hank Williams to
artists like Lauryn Hill, Vincent Gallo and PJ Harvey, Wolfe is often
foraying into different experimental sounds and moods in her music. in
a live setting, her emotive and otherworldy voice can't be denied,
whether she is alone onstage or backed by her band adding atmospheric
slide guitar, percussion and choir-like background vocals.
GOLD LP, release details TBA
Mistake in Parting LP released Sept. 2006 on Are You Alive Records
Winter Trees EP w/ Sister Crayon released summer 2007
2 songs on Last Day of Summer Sessions Are You Alive Compilation released 2008
Red Host UNCLEAN EP released 2008
Winter Trees Xmas Bitches EP released December 2008
FUNFILM Photo exhibition, Atelier, Sacramento
Horsecow BOMB BRIGADE perform, Bitchin Space, Sacramento
Horsecow PERFORMANCE ART TASK FORCE perform, Ceramic Sculpture Conference, Davis
NEWS AND REVIEW
DARK STORY, 2008 “Cousins of the Antichrist are hiding everywhere, /
watching as we let our guard down, / smiling as we eat their lies.”
New Slayer album? Nah, it's Sacramento's Chelsea Wolfe—an artist who
shows surprising range, both lyrically and compositionally. Whether
she's in front of hundreds of drunken fans with her rock band Red Host
or performing solo, basking in the glowing red intimacy of the True
Love Coffeehouse stage, Wolfe is always locked into the crowd and able
to guide us through whatever story she's trying to tell. Her vocals,
starkly contrasted—pained and muted sighs, aching yowls, contemplative
hums, soulful falsettos—provide safety from the danger of her story.
No matter the venue, Wolfe takes the listener down her cold, dark
path, but usually leads us to some sort of clearing—even if it's just
a place to contemplate and to feel out our surroundings for a while.
So, yes, she's like Slayer, but without the stench."
ONE FOR THE AGES, 2009
“The evening's show: Chelsea Wolfe, Tippy Canoe and Ricky
Berger—touted as “ladies night” on local indie-music calendar
Undietacos—should be fun.
And it is, though admittedly I only catch Wolfe's set. She's wearing a
black dress with red embellishments and switches between electric and
acoustic guitars, her voice resonating long and longingly over
thoughtful but not overly calculated arrangements.
Ira Skinner and Kevin Dockter, formerly of the Evening Episode, join
her for the last couple songs on drums and guitar, respectively. One
track, “Cousins of the Antichrist,” with Wolfe on acoustic, is
particularly haunting, especially Dockter's slide-guitar musings.
Blenders smooth smoothies and grinders grind coffee beans, but they
don't distract; there's only the song. Captivating."
EDITOR'S PICK, BEST ETHEREAL SONGSTRESS, 2007
“Folks take notice of her haunting, passionate pipes and pained
lyrics. Wolfe, winner of a 2007 Critics' Choice Sammie for Best Female
Vocalist, says of her album, "It makes people cry--in a good way."
SAD MUSIC MAKES ME HAPPY, 2009
“..I was whisked away to Chelsea Wolfe's Myspace Music page. Since I'm
always open to hearing new music (I'm lying, I'm impatient and quick
to judge and deny almost all band requests) I took a listen. To make a
long meandering story short, she's really fucking good. Take a listen
At this point I would say “you go, girlfriend” if I was apt to say such things."
A NAKED PERFORMANCE, 2007
"As she first steps onstage, she appears innocent and mild, and when
she speaks, she is soft and shy. One would assume that her music would
match her manner, but once her set begins, that image is destroyed.
Her statuesque pose emanates a powerful force as she gains strength
through her songs. She is hypnotizing, and her voice, laced within her
soothing and tender melodies, dominates and commands attention. It is
surprising to see Wolfe transform the moment she sings into the
microphone. Her voice slowly pulls you in, dances around you
playfully, then throws you against the wall and kicks you in the