Wolfgang Van Halen has released the official lyric video for the song “Mammoth” from his solo band, MAMMOTH WVH. The track will appear on MAMMOTH WVH’s self-titled debut album, due on June 11 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.
Wolfgang describes “Mammoth” as the song that most encompasses the overall vibe of the LP. The song is a driving rock track with inspirational lyrics that Wolfgang sings: “Hey you. Anything is possible. You’re not the only one. Yeah. Let ’em think you’re unremarkable and prove them wrong.”
“Mammoth” is the sixth song to be released from the upcoming effort. The track is available via all digital service providers today, and fans who pre-order the record digitally will get an instant download of the song along with the previously released “Distance”, “You’re To Blame”, “Don’t Back Down”, “Think It Over” and “Feel”.
The video for “Don’t Back Down” reached over one million views the week it was released. It showcases Wolfgang Van Halen performing the song on all of the instruments — something he did throughout the entire debut album. It also illustrates his lighthearted side that fans following him on social media have already experienced.
Writing all of the songs and performing all of the instrumentation and vocals for the debut album, Wolfgang Van Halen set out to establish his own musical identity. From the rocking opening guitar riff on album opener “Mr. Ed” to the driving bass and drums on album closer “Stone”, MAMMOTH WVH showcases the various musical influences that have inspired Wolfgang. Songs like “Resolve”, “The Big Picture” and “Think It Over” are all sonically different from each other but unique to what MAMMOTH WVH is. MAMMOTH WVH made its television performance debuts of the first single “Distance” in February as an electric performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and an exclusive acoustic arrangement on NBC’s “Today”.
“Mammoth WVH” track listing:
01. Mr. Ed
02. Horribly Right
04. Don’t Back Down
06. You’ll Be The One
09. The Big Picture
10. Think It Over
11. You’re To Blame
14. Distance (bonus track)
“Distance” is an open letter to Wolfgang’s father, legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen, declaring “no matter what the distance is, I will be with you.” The video for the song is created from a collection of family home movies through the years and offers an inside look in to one of music’s most notable personalities. Chronicling the family through the years, the video ends with a touching voicemail left from Eddie to his son.
Last November, Wolfgang confirmed that he asked his father for permission to use the MAMMOTH WVH band name for his solo project. MAMMOTH WVH is a nod to family history — Eddie and Alex Van Halen’s band was called MAMMOTH when singer David Lee Roth first joined it in 1974.