How do you follow the buzziest band on the block, The Last Dinner Party? If you’re Wunderhorse, you do it with the dial turned up to 11 and you charge about the place like the last gang in town on a cruel pillaging spree. Sensationalistic that may be, but damn it all: they delivered a gung-ho approach that threw the whole kitchen sink and any other proverbial paraphernalia at their mission. The outcome? Hearts and minds were won in Worthy Farm’s Woodsies tent.
Their objective was achieved by storming through the bulk of last year’s fine debut album, Cub. They squeezed in a couple of new songs too. Midas and Arizona, in particular, sat comfortably alongside the established material. They point toward an exciting next chapter for the group when album number two arrives.
If this performance did anything, it cemented an ascent that has been travelling at quite a velocity for some time. A quick recap for the uninitiated: Jacob Slater had been the frontman of short-lived punk trio Dead Pretties before masterminding this new band during lockdown. Last year not only saw the release of their debut, but the songwriter also starred as Sex Pistols’ drummer Paul Cook in Danny Boyle’s miniseries, Pistol. Wunderhorse also supported Pixies and Sam Fender to name but a few. You could say that it’s been a busy time. And you’re now up to speed.
Wunderhorse might have taken to the Glastonbury stage looking like painters and decorators on their lunch break (save for their shirtless drummer, their stage attire seemed to be uniformed baggy t shirts and jeans), but they tore through the likes of Leader of the Pack – replete with its Sweet Home Alabama-by-way-of-Dinosaur Jr riff – and Purple with fire in their eyes, cooking up a storm. Particularly notable was Slater’s throaty vocal, which was so powerful you’d bet your bottom dollar that if he were stripped of his mic and electricity, he could still go toe-to-toe with a loudhailer and stand a chance of winning.
Wunderhorse are new, but they’re also a brilliant British guitar band who skilfully marry grunge-soaked tunes to catchy hooks. They will have gained new fans today, that’s for sure. The Last Dinner who, again? Mission accomplished.