Terrorizer Film Review: Chelsea Wolfe’s “Lone” directed by Mark Pellington
Following on from her incredible 2013 opus ‘Pain Is Beauty’, the inimitable Chelsea Wolfe has teamed up with director Mark Pellington to release an accompanying feature-length film entitled ‘Lone’ – but is it as good as the album? We sent Joy Shannon to find out…
The prolific and genre-defying songstress Chelsea Wolfe has crafted a mesmerizing long-format film called ‘Lone’ with renowned director Mark Pellington, best known for his striking music video for Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy’ and his work with artists including U2, Nine Inch Nails and the Foo Fighters. Inspired by the themes of Wolfe’s haunting 2013 album ‘Pain Is Beauty’, the nearly 60-minute film speaks to the sweeping themes of “nature, sexuality, memory, mortality, forgiveness, love, innocence, fragility, violence and beauty”, according to director Pellington. For ‘Lone’, songs from ‘Pain Is Beauty’ are set within a sweeping, extended soundtrack by Wolfe and collaborator Ben Chisholm.
Both surrealistic and expressionistic, Lone crafts a barren landscape and eerie cast of characters which seem to coexist in the tangled halls of someone’s haunted memories. Wolfe’s music weaves throughout, at times desolate and tense and, at other times, erupting into ferociously layering builds of apocalyptic imagery. Like Edvard Munch’s painting ‘The Scream’, this is an emotional landscape where the turmoil of the human figures, the chimera, and the very land itself are intricately entwined, and even when Wolfe’s music finds a temporary calm, the land itself seems to be silently screaming. In essence, this is a surrealistic, psychological horror film, which confronts a barrage of difficult issues in the most visually beautiful way imaginable.
Chelsea Wolfe to play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in November
Chelsea Wolfe Acoustic with Strings tour begins tonight, May 16 in Austin
Starting tonight, Friday May 16th Chelsea Wolfe goes from rock to unplugged. With only one day off between her rock tour with Queens of the Stone Age Chelsea Wolfe meets up in Austin today with The Eels to begin an all acoustic with strings tour.
See all Chelsea Wolfe Tour dates and Details here.
THE EELS & CHELSEA WOLFE (Acoustic w/ Strings Sets) 2014
May 16 - Austin, TX @ The Paramount Theatre
May 17 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
May 19 - Dallas, TX@ AT&T Performing Arts Center
May 21 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
May 23 - Saint Louis, MO @ The Sheldon Concert Hall
May 24 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
May 25 - St Paul, MN @ Fitzgerald Theatre
May 27 - Toronto, ON @ Wintergarden Theater
May 28 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
May 29 - Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
May 30 - Glenside, PA @ The Keswick Theatre
May 31 - Washington D.C., DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Jun 1 - New York, NY @ Apollo Theater
Jun 3 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Jun 4 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
Jun 7 - Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theater
Jun 8 - Portland, OR @ The Aladdin Theater
Jun 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
Jun 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum Theater
CHELSEA WOLFE - CANADA 2014
Jun 19 - Calgary, AB @ SLED ISLAND
Jun 21 - Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
APP Q&A with Chelsea Wolfe on the film “Lone”
Chelsea Wolfe is going to the movies.
The singularly intense singer/songwriter, whose work combines everything from folk to metal with electronic soundscapes, recently drew on music and lyrics from her 2013 album “Pain is Beauty” to craft the dreamlike and darkly beautiful new film “Lone.”
Directed by Baltimore native Mark Pellington, whose music video credits include Bruce Springsteen’s “Lonesome Day” and “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” as well as Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” and U2’s “One,” the 50-minute film is now available via USB drive on Wolfe’s website.
Wolfe, a California native with upcoming shows Friday, May 30, at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa. and Sunday, June 1, at New York City’s Apollo Theater, recently took the time for an email interview to discuss “Lone.”
Q: Did you always intend to create a visual component to “Pain is Beauty,” or is “Lone” more a creation made in response to the music?
A: “Lone” as a film is something that Mark Pellington visualized. We were originally going to just do a music video for the song “The Waves Have Come,” but as we met to talk over things, he was inspired to do a longer film using five songs from “Pain is Beauty,” which wasn’t out yet at the time. It’s definitely a response to the music and the emotions within the songs.
Chelsea Wolfe Announces Summer Canadian & European Tour dates following US Tours with Queens of The Stone Age & The Eels
Chelsea Wolfe has just announced her headlining Summer tour dates and Festival plays in both Canada and Europe to take place immediately following her back to back USA support tours in May / June. Chelsea begins on May 5th in support of Queens Of The Stone Age playing a Rock/Electric set and then will meet up for an Acoustic with Strings set tour starting on May 16th as direct support to The EELS .
SEE ALL CHELSEA WOLFE TOUR DATES AND DETAILS HERE
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Hannibal - The Second Course Is Served featuring “Feral Love”
Los Angeles Magazine Feature: “Lone” Chelsea Wolfe’s Surreal Journey from Music to Movies
Chelsea Wolfe, L.A.’s gothic queen supreme, burst onto the underground music scene with her debut album The Grime and The Glow, in 2010. A year later, she followed that with the critically acclaimed Apokalypsis. Both albums are powerful testaments to Wolfe’s abilities as a songwriter, switching seamlessly between intimate and acoustic folk to grandiose guitar riffs and pounding drums without lapsing into overdetermined eclecticism. Behind all of it Wolfe’s powerful voice jumps out at the listener like a predator in the dark. Since releasing her fourth album, Pain is Beauty, last year, the California native has burst out of the underground and onto playlists everywhere.
Wolfe recently teamed with Mark Pellington, who directed music videos “Jeremy” for Pearl Jam and “Rooster” for Alice In Chains as well as the movie The Mothman Prophecies, to produce an hour-long film, Lone (of which the video for ”Feral Love” is an excerpt). The dialogue in the film is based on the lyrical universe of Pain is Beauty.
We spoke with the singer about making Lone, horse statues, and directing your anger at the sun.
LONE Trailer II
Chelsea Wolfe “Studio A” session will re-air this Friday, March 7th on KCET
Musician Chelsea Wolfe recently stopped by KCET’s Studio A to perform songs from her album “Pain is Beauty.” She revealed the influences behind her music in this extended uncut interview, extolling the role nature, as well as her her father’s recording studio, played in her writing process. She also discusses how country music has influenced her work and the hidden meaning behind her song “Feral Love.” Discover more about Chelsea Wolfe in her own words. Below
CW: Music happens really out of order for me. When my band-mate Ben Chisholm joined the band about three or four years ago we started writing these electronic songs for fun and maybe thought that we would do a side project with it or something. But over time, I just realized that I didn’t want to put limits on my own project and we started playing some of the songs live, just to kind of see how it felt and how they went over. And it was a lot of fun. So I knew when it came time to put together a new album, I wanted to include some of those old electronic songs as well as write some new electronic songs and have that be a base that we kind of start with. But I could never really stick to one genre or one sound so I added some rock songs and a folk song and a piano song on there as well and kind of fit them together in theme, and lyrically and things like that.
Chelsea Wolfe announces two more tours - Rock sets with QOTSA and Acoustic with String sets with Eels
Chelsea Wolfe has just been announced as the support to EELS for their new album tour starting May 16th. On this seated theater run Chelsea will be performing an all acoustic set with strings. This tour follows her second run of shows playing all electric sets as direct support to the mighty Queens Of The Stone Age starting May 5th.
Also just announced for Europe - Chelsea Wolfe will be playing the OFF Festival in Poland and ATP’s Jabberwocky Festival in London.
SEE ALL CHELSEA WOLFE TOUR DATES AND DETAILS HERE
Chelsea Wolfe Film “Lone” now available for Pre-Order - Watch the first Trailer
Above is the first trailer for the long format film entitled “Lone” starring Chelsea Wolfe and directed by Mark Pellington. Featuring music from Chelsea Wolfe’s Album Pain Is Beauty. You can also watch “Feral Love” below which is also an excerpt from the film.
Track Premiere “Be Free” a new song by King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe
The hypothetical Venn Diagram of Chelsea Wolfe and T.J. Cowgill would have a dense gravitational pull towards the center; for the past several years, both artists have worked with charred, neo-folk instrumentation, a gothic warble, and at times the spirit of an old country jukebox. “Be Free” is the pair’s new collaborative 7” from the Not Just Religous Music label—helmed by the Gira-reminiscent Cowgill, aka King Dude—and again proves their voices to be complementary. It’s a cold, sad, fiercely-strummed march, booming open and closed like Wolfe’s staggering Pain Is Beauty LP. “Don’t you dare take my hand if you want to be free,” Wolfe and Cowgill sing to one another, articulating the sentiment in various iterations. It’s a timeless negotiation between desire and emotional freedom and the necessity of not looking back, and also one of the most direct pieces of songwriting either artist has casted out.
Feral Love Premiere, an excerpt from the long from film LONE directed by Mark Pellington
Chelsea Wolfe has shared the intense, unsettling video for her Pain Is Beauty track “Feral Love”. It’s an excerpt from the film Lone, which was co-written by Wolfe and directed by Mark Pellington, the director of Pearl Jam’s iconic “Jeremy” video and clips for Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, U2, and others, plus the films Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies, and more. It’s due out later this year, both as a stream and on custom-designed USB drives. The hour-long film’s dialogue consists solely of lyrics from Pain Is Beauty.
Here’s a quote from Pellington:
“Chelsea Wolfe’s voice and lyrics narrate this voyeuristic look into the abstract, cathartic subconscious. Lone is a sight and sound exploration into the themes of nature, sexuality, memory, mortality, forgiveness, love, innocence, fragility, violence and beauty.”
Lone Pre-order will be going up this week here.
Chelsea Wolfe starts her tour with a headline show in Nashville on Jan 28th before meeting up with QOTSA
Chelsea Wolfe will play a headline show in Nashville, TN on January 28th at Exit In before meeting up for her tour as direct support to the almighty Queens of the Stone Age - I can’t wait to see them in Vegas…
See all CW Show Details and info HERE:
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE & CHELSEA WOLFE
Jan 30, 2014 - Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Jan 31, 2014 - Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium
Feb 1, 2014 - Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
Feb 3, 2014 - Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater
Feb 4, 2014 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theatre
Feb 5, 2014 - Miami, FL @ The Fillmore /Jackie Gleason Theater
Feb 7, 2014 - Orlando, FL@ Hard Rock Live
Feb 9, 2014 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
Feb 10, 2014 - San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater
Feb 11, 2014 - El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theater
Feb 13, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint @ The Hard Rock Hotel