Readers of ninebullets should be well familiar with Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and, as a result, co-SCAC frontman Jay Munly, so I’m not gonna bother going into to much background on him. Anyhow, among Jay’s many ventures outside of SCAC is Munly & The Lupercalians, which finds Munly teaming up with Daniel Grandbois, Todd Moore, Chadzilla, and Rebecca Vera in a most ambitious project which will tell the stories of Kinnery of Lupercalia (not sure). The first installment in that series is Petr and the Wulf, which tells “the true story” of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic, Peter and the Wolf. Instead of telling his version of the tale in a straight narrative, Munly (as is his way) has broken the tale up into 8 songs which speak from the point of view of various characters of the story. Also (as is his way), Munly’s tale is not the cautionary tale you expect. No, instead it’s a dark story betrayal and revenge.
Musically, the album opens with a very SCAC familiar sound that manages to mature and layer as the album and story move along. That said, that gigantic Southern gothic sound and those Munly wails that make Slim Cessna’s Auto Club so great are present in spades.
Needless to say, Petr and the Wulf is Essential Listening.