MAMMOTH WVH will release its sophomore album, “Mammoth II”, on August 4 via BMG
The 10-track record was recorded at the legendary 5150 studio and was produced by Wolfgang‘s friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette.
The official lyric video for the second single from “Mammoth II”, a song called “Like A Pastime”, can be seen below.
Wolfgang states about “Like A Pastime”: “It centers around a 4/4-time signature, but with a polyrhythm on top. I was teaching my fiancée what a polyrhythm is, and I stumbled upon this idea. The kick drums are accentuating it. It’s certainly one of my favorites and a completely different vibe than anything on the first album.”
Continuing the tradition of writing all of the songs and performing all of the instrumentation and vocals himself, Wolfgang set out to challenge himself to expand his sound beyond what people had already come to know him for. From the rocking opener “Right?” to BEATLES-esque fade on closer “Better Than You”, “Mammoth II” showcases the growth of Wolfgang as a songwriter, musician and especially vocalist. Songs like “Like A Pastime”, “Take A Bow” and “Waiting” are all sonically different from each other but unique to what mastermind Wolfgang Van Halen and MAMMOTH WVH is.
The debut single from “Mammoth II” was the upbeat rocker “Another Celebration At The End Of The World”. The music video for “Another Celebration At The End Of The World” is an 8:25 introduction to the MAMMOTH WVH live band. Picking up where the No. 1 single “Don’t Back Down” music video left off, the video showcases a frustrated Wolfgang firing the other Wolfgangs from that video and replacing them with his live band featuring Frank Sidoris (guitars),Jon Jourdan (guitars),Ronnie Ficarro (bass) and Garrett Whitlock (drums). The video was directed by Gordy De St. Jeor and can be seen below.
Wolfgang said: “I knew that I wanted the new album to contain elements of what people heard on the debut, but also giving me a chance to branch out a bit. ‘Another Celebration At The End Of the World’ is definitely a song that showcases what people can expect from the new album. It is a high-energy rocker with some fun guitar moments on it. I also pushed myself vocally and it is a song I can’t wait to get out and play live. I can see it being a fixture in our live set moving forward.”
MAMMOTH WVH “Mammoth II” track listing:
02. Like A Pastime
03. Another Celebration At The End Of The World
04. Miles Above Me
05. Take A Bow
07. I’m Alright
08. Erase Me
10. Better Than You