GARP 2019

Codfish Hollow Barnstormers and Moeller Nights Presents:

GARP 2019

The Ghost Wolves, Starship Pilgrims

Fri, Sep 13, 2019 - Sat, Sep 14, 2019

8:00 pm

$35.00 - $40.00

This event is all ages

Justin Osborne needed a break.
He'd been writing music and making albums since he was 15, and by the age of 26, he felt like he was spinning his wheels. He knew he needed a change, so he ended his old band Sequoyah Prep School and moved to Cuba. He thought he might be done with music for a while, but the songs just kept coming.
"I had this idea in my mind that I was going to try and join some kind of Latin American Leftist movement. I wanted to jump off a cliff," Osborne says. "Once I got there I immediately started hanging out with musicians and going to shows. I started showing them the songs from this project that was kind of just an idea in my head.
"They were like, 'man, don't throw away your passport, go home and continue to make music,'" he says. "I was encouraged by them to try again."
Osborne ended the relationship he was in, started touring and writing constantly and eventually dropped out of school with just one paper and exam left to finish. He also made an aesthetic upgrade, getting the words "Acid Boys" tattooed across his knuckles.
"I was always afraid of committing fully to the idea of trying to make it. I think in some ways, that's what held my old band back. I thought maybe I'll go to school and I'll be an anthropologist and go live abroad," he says. "Then I did all that, and I realized no, I need to go back to what I'm good at. I got the knuckle tattoos to keep me out of everything else."
Osborne was already writing the songs for what would be SUSTO's 2014 self-titled debut when his producer Wolfgang Zimmerman introduced him to Johnny Delaware, a guitarist and songwriter who had moved to Charleston, South Carolina to make an album with the producer.
"We started meshing and gelling really well. We liked aspects of what each other did, so as the record started to really take shape in the studio, Johnny came in and really played a key role in that," Osborne says. "At that point, it became one step closer to being a band thing."
SUSTO is a Spanish word referring to a folk illness in Latin America that Osborne learned as anthropology student, meaning "when your soul is separated from your body," and also roughly translates to a panic attack. For Osborne, the music of SUSTO was something he had to get out into the world.
"Going through my life I was just lost, and I didn't have direction, and I wanted direction," he says. Raised in Puddin' Swamp, South Carolina, Osborne moved to Charleston to attend military school, and didn't really get to experience much of the city -- one of the main artistic hubs of the South -- until he left his junior year to tour with his first band.
"I did acid for the first time. I started to gradually grow away from religion. I started to become my own person when I moved to Charleston," he says, adding that it's an especially great place to play music because "people are into all kinds of stuff. They go out to shows. I wouldn't say Charleston is a country music town or an indie rock town, it's just a town where people like cool shit, so I think that people appreciate creativity when it comes to creating a genre instead of working within one that exists."
SUSTO released their debut album independently and toured relentlessly to get the word out. They were an immediate hit in their hometown, packing venues, getting airplay at all the bars and even making a fan of Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell. "I got an e-mail from him, telling me he loved the record and wanted to meet with me and Johnny," he says. "That was actually the day I wrote my professor, and I said, 'I'm not coming in.'"
But that wasn't enough. "I was like, 'we can't just make it in Charleston.' My friends in the band Shovels & Ropes told me once, 'it's a big country and we got to get out there and get everybody.'"
The members of the live band that Osborne and Delaware recruited -- Corey Campbell (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Jenna Desmond (bass), and Marshall Hudson (drums, percussion) contributed to SUSTO's new album & I'm Fine Today, which will be released via Caroline. "We just wanted to go further. We started something with the first record, and we want to keep going in that direction," Osborne says of the album, which finds them taking the spacey country rock of their debut into the stratosphere, piling on layers of sighing keyboards, galloping rhythms and frayed, noisy guitar solos atop wistful melodies and lyrics that examine growing up and growing into yourself. Much of the album was recorded by Osborne, Delaware and Zimmerman, with the other members contributing as needed.
On "Hard Drugs," Osborne muses about reconnecting with an estranged friend during a personal crisis ("I'm thankful that I have some friends that are totally fine with me telling some stories about things we've all been through together") and on "Mystery Man," Delaware writes about "the feeling of appreciation for someone coming into your life, someone like yourself." On "Wasted Mind," one of the most personal songs on the album, Osborne, and Delaware reflect on the journey they've been through together.
"We wrote that [song] about finally having a voice that was being heard, and about trying and failing and then finally getting some ears to listen to you," he says. "It's about the ups and downs of that, and how you get to travel, and you're just kind of in and out of people's lives, and it's hard but beautiful, and also how you start to come out of the haze of partying and start thinking about your life's value."
In many ways, "Wasted Mind" is & I'm Fine Today in miniature, as the album circles around the theme of punching through life's difficulties and learning to be comfortable with the person you've grown into. "I feel like I am better. We put the first record out, and we worked hard, and it just feels like a good place to be," he says, noting that while the first record focused on his own struggles, & I'm Fine Today is more concerned with looking at the world beyond the struggles in your head.
"I've learned to appreciate the fact that I just get to be here. It's all perspective," he says. "This album is about coming to terms with yourself and feeling okay with your place in the universe."
The Ghost Wolves
The Ghost Wolves
"They play stomping blues-garage-punk possessed by who knows what kind of demon...their music has just the right overdose of voodoo punk..." - Rolling Stone Italia

"The pair tour relentlessly, showing a joy in the turn-it-up that evokes the visceral virtues of rock at its most raw and elemental." - Lenny Kaye for

"Garage duo The Ghost Wolves are one of the most fun rock n' roll bands you could ever hope to see. Guitar/Vocalist Carley Wolf has an effervescent energy befitting her raucous axemanship, anchored by the steady bump & backing vocals of drummer/husband Jonathan. The pair's chemistry keeps them in sync as musicians and having fun as performers. Of course, the family wouldn't be complete without their real-life ghost white wolves and tour companions Polar & Timber ... who you might just meet for yourself if you catch this awesome band live." Sonic Vault Austin, Top #25 Bands of 2013

"Bodacious garage rock with a sneer" - MountainX ,Asheville NC

"The Ghost Wolves' take on the blues-rock-duo template points in the direction of energizing showmen and musical minimalists such as Hound Dog Taylor. Carley Wolf fronts the band on bare-boned electric guitar, while her musical partner, drummer Jonny Wolf, rocks out without getting in the way. The band tours in the company of a real-life wolf, which from a distance appears friendly." - Cincinnati Courier Post

"A primal musical jewel in wolf's clothing...." - BP Fallon's Wang Dang Doodle

"Primal, grungy, lo-fi, disruptive, exhilarating..." Blurt! Online

"...for the real experience, catch them on stage where their intensity and magnetism are amplified to such levels that you might just put on a mask and let Carley call you "Grandma." - Deli Magazine

"...they opened the evening with a roar both from the stage and, by set's end, from the audience, too. They played so well with such obvious delight that it was impossible not to get on board." Nippertown, Albany, NY

"This duo — female singer/guitarist and male drummer — provides raw, energetic rock that sounds more like it came from the Voodoo-soaked streets of New Orleans or back alleys of New York City than the farmlands of Texas. Punk sensibility, blues style, crashing drums, scattershot harmonies and moments of folk simplicity define the band's six-song EP, In Ya Neck!." — Jeff Hahne, Creative Loafing

"This new Texas based duo blend gritty backwoods blues with hints of Pyschobilly and folk that are conjuring up garage ghosts from the 60's and demons from the Delta. Known around the city for their energetic live show and infectious on-stage chemistry, The Ghost Wolves have been relentlessly touring their debut album, In Ya Neck!, bringing the raw and rabid rock and roll sound from their digitally unscathed record to dive bars across the plains." - Band Soup

"Vibrant delicacies plucked from a humid marsh, so damp that you might be unable to draw a deep breath...for the real experience, catch them on stage where their intensity and magnetism are amplified to such levels that you might just put on a mask and let Carley call you "Grandma." - The Deli Magazine

"The women in Ghost Wolves songs will pull knives on you and they won't be fooled by your blubbering apologies coming well after they should have come. Hell, they don't much like to give forgiveness at any time. Carley Wolf, as she's whetting her knife, sings, "You lied to the wrong woman son." Then, it's lights out." - Daytrotter

"When the Austin band finally let us off the hook and left the stage, the only thing I could think of was the fact that I wanted more. I was ready to take the tunes well into Friday morning, not well short of midnight." - Loopster Live

"Rabid Garage Blues" - Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle

"The Ghost wolves made a mighty punk-rock noise in a powerful opener...their spunky energy engaged the crowd so well they whipped up a noisy singalong" - Albany Daily Gazette

"Their live show is a bit of a spectacle, with Wolf, dressed all in white with a matching Warhol-esque wig, jumping around the stage as she plays. Konya is chatty between songs, making jokes and pushing the record. It's not your typical Austin act..." - Peter Mongillo, The Austin American Statesman

"The music on the duo's debut EP "In Ya Neck" is the kind of mud-splattered, fuzz-covered, goes-to-eleven garage rock you'd expect from an act whose frontwoman is strutting across the stage in a homemade leather minidress." - The Daily Times Knoxville, TN

"The rock & roll of The Ghost Wolves has deep roots...Carley and Jonny are children of the south." - Radio FM4, Austria

"Their music is influenced by shamans, wolf dogs, and blues legend RL Burnside - that the Ghost Wolves makes it one of the most exciting newcomer band from Austin." - On3, Germany

"The two-piece band Ghost Wolves, one of several acts on the lineup from Austin, offered a twist on the White Stripes formula when drummer Jonny Wolf switched places with guitarist Carley Wolf for a song." - USA Today

"The Ghost Wolves might be a mere duo (Carley plays a vintage hollow body guitar, Jonny thrashes the drums and they both sing) but they play hard enough for a full band. Playing second in a four-band showcase (including the Krektones, Alligator Indian and ER Airplane) at Jack of the Wood last Friday, the Ghost Wolves had the crowd on its feet." - Mountain Xpress, Asheville ,NC

"From the opening, bluegrass twang of 'Gonna Live', to the gorgeous live recording of 'First Love', it is clear that the duo's relentless gigging – as well as their strong musical heritage – has produced a collection of tracks that is both exhilarating and infectious." - Chybucca Sounds U.K.

"The Ghost Wolves prove they are separate commodities not to be lumped in with The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and other known blues rock hybrids. Carley and Jon are in their own swamp-world building their own boussilage of organic punk-blues blight. Now all that's left for us to do is get drunk, dirty, and dance." - Bandsoup

"Bluesy fuzz-rock..." - The Miami Herald

"All the right elements are there....confidence, a DIY ethic, and great talent all shine through." - Chief and The Doomsday Device

"While they each have their own impressive musical resumes, together they are an otherworldly presence." KUT- Austin

"The Ghost Wolves' energy and potential lift their live show, which finds Wolf flying around the stage, and they manage to translate some of that energy to the album, where their big, gritty sound renders their bass-less status a nonissue." - Review in The Austin Statesman

"Distorted guitar and sickening amounts of reverb are enough to turn The Ghost Wolves guitarist and vocalist Carley Wolf into a ferocious beast. The white fur boots don't take away from the animal like energy. Carley Wolf slides out blues jams alongside drummer Jonathon Wolf." - Play It By Ear

"(The Ghost Wolves)...have a sound that I like to compare to Flat Duo Jets, The Kills, and of course The White Stripes.They self released their first EP In Ya Neck! in April of this year. The songs on this EP give off vibrations of backwoods folk-blues infused with psychobilly that really are interesting, fast paced and in your face. I'm really interested to see what comes next from this band. They have an awesome and unique style that isn't too common these days." Rabbit's Black Music Blog - L.A. & San Francisco, CA

"Musically, you'll find hints of popular acts in the mainstream such as The White Stripes, but you can definitely feel a bit of Texas lurking...At times, Carley sounds a bit more ferocious than comparable groups, but that sort of passion only strengthens the band's sound. We're really excited about this group. - Austin Town Hall (

"Another great band brought to light..." - VivoGig

"...this is not your typical blues-rock set. Songwriters and musicians Carley Wolf and Jonathan Konya give it a gritty edge and a rough '60s garage rock sound that turns heads." - Laurie Gallardo, KUT's Austin Music Minute

"They're able to present the very best of the lovely deep traditions of rock; primitive song structure, pleasingly-familiar progressions, face-melting riffs, unfettered noisy productions." - Austin Independent Music

"In Ya Neck," the debut release from Austin, Texas based duo, the Ghost Wolves is an incendiary six-tune EP responsible for puttin' the shake in your shimmy and the roll within your rock. Lead singer and guitarist, Carley "Carazy" Wolf, and drummer Jonathan "Little Hammer" Konya, have clearly done their homework and are channeling their inner delta blues knowledge and throwing those roots into a cement mixer with '60s-esque garage rock..." - Chris Hislop, Spotlight Magazine, Seacoast, NH

"Pirei em "Gonna Live", na vibe White Stripes, na voz de Dolly Parton, nas botas, no conversível, no baterista perto do teto… sensacional." (English Translation) - "Freaked out on "Gonna Live," the White Stripes vibe, sung by Dolly Parton, the boots, the convertible, the drummer near the ceiling ... sensational." - Boo Monster Bop - Brazil

"Was wurde eigentlich aus den White Stripes? Genau, die Vergangenheit! Nicht, dass Jack and Megan White das letzte Rock 'n' Roll Paar ever gewesen wären. Da gibt es zum Beispiel noch die Kills oder die Ghost Wolves aus Texas. Noch härter, staubiger und traditionsbewusster als die White Stripes arbeiten sich Carley Wolf und Jonathan Konya an den ewigen, in drei Minuten abgehandelten Wahrheiten zwischen Prärie und Jukebox ab. Ein Newcomer-Portrait von Christian Lehner." - FM4 Radio, Austria

"The Ghost Wolves dial up the amplifiers, marrying spooky blues with a little bit of 1960s rock 'n' roll."- Flagstaff Live Magazine, Flagstaff AZ

"Totally inappropriate..." - Folk radio music director (after hearing "In Ya Neck!")

"... the opening two tracks are where the Ghost Wolves really carve out their own exciting sound. "Gonna Live" is a simple bluesy stomp written by the Vulgarians' Michelle Glaw that builds into a huge, cathartic shout-along by the end. Wolf channels My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden on her vocal performance, and the whole thing retains a rootsy feel reminiscent of the video linked to above. "Curl Up and Dye" has a much faster, more vicious feel to it, bordering on punk. These are the two best songs on In Ya Neck!, establishing Ghost Wolves as a blistering force to be reckoned with." - Review on OVRLD.COM

"With nothing but a four-piece drum kit and a hollow-bodied guitar equipped with only one pickup, the Ghost Wolves' onstage rig is anything but Texas-sized. Rather, it's a study in defying the standard laws of minimalism, and the two-man (well, one man and a lady) Delta freakblues outfit stands as proof that you don't need the biggest instruments to fill a room with a witch's brew that's haunting in its simplicity -- haunting, period" - Austin Music Weekly

"Konya and Wolf....have incredible chemistry during the show, making their music even more compelling." - The Daily Vidette, Bloomington, IL
Venue Information:
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
5013 288th Ave
Maquoketa, IA, 52060