In quite laddish fashion young actor Lewis Jackson, who also has parts in previous WCFW videos for ‘COPE’ and ‘Paradise Place’, gets himself into a bit of bother across a night of drinking, near-violence and petty theft. All things you would associate with the typical Scottish NED. This, the basis of We Came From Wolves’ video for latest single ‘Ruiner’, is arty, well-shot and offers an insight into the mind of singer and guitarist Kyle Burgess.
Intertwined with the main story-line being played out in front of us is the rebirth of a band who’ve had to quickly deal with losing two key members of the band in the White brothers – on drums and lead guitar. From the darkness of the main story-line we see contrast in the white stairwell in which Kyle is making his way upwards to the bright white room where we are given our first glimpses of new band members, Andy Donaldson and Michael MacKay. At this point we’re treated to some slo-mo-rocking-out where the passion that’s been building along throughout the song and video as it reaches an inevitable explosive, powerful and shocking climax.
‘Ruiner’ was originally released as the penultimate track on We Came From Wolves debut, self-titled album in June 2015. The music behind this song fits firmly in the pop-rock genre with a neat, sharp guitar ripping behind quippy, story-telling lyrics which sum up a dark and troubled time for the man behind it. This, all held together by a rhythm section with an abundance of groove when called upon to drive it along. Things really pick up when we reach the breakdown – with a lonely bass and drum giving way to a massive burst of emotion which increases as we crash to an end.
There’s a familiarity about this song that transcends the somewhat stereotypical sound that’s emerged throughout the Scottish music scene lately – a discernible accent. It’s noticeable in an instant and I’ve found that it can either warm you to an artist, or completely put you off – for me I’m in the camp of the former. Where this song pushes that particular envelope a little further is with lyrical colloquialism in the fashion of lines like “as I make my way home up the road” this is something I have said on many occasions myself and will have been uttered by a large majority, especially in the West of Scotland. Yet another reason why Kyle’s songwriting feels like it’s come from the heart. It is honest and true to the Scottish lad that he is.