You can’t really hate Jordan Cook’s Reignwolf project - it’s just too damn fun. When Cook stopped by KEXP last month to play a one-man show, he brought a kick drum and a fog machine with him. With a caveman stomp and his shredding, bluesy guitar, there was nothing lacking from Cook’s performance. He completes his sound with no need for help and occasionally reminds us of the energy and vibe of early, early White Stripes material. In short, if anyone deserves to stop using his birth name and go by Reignwolf, it’s this guy.
In this set, Reignwolf plays three originals and a seriously fantastic rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.” He doesn’t use any backing tracks or any doubling. Rather, Reignwolf puts everything forward in his live show and doesn’t hold anything back. But with a massive garage rock presence and an unshakeable confidence, Cook throws down and doesn’t look back. If you visit Reignwolf’s website, you won’t find any music that hasn’t been recorded live. For some bands, that would be a completely ludicrous concept. But Reignwolf earns every inch of it, and his presence is one in a million.
Cook will be back in Seattle for Sasquatch! Music Festival, playing on Sunday, May 27. Until then, watch his awesome performance below: