2019 has been a banner year for indie blues/garage band Reignwolf – their debut album, Hear Me Out, was released in March to much acclaim, followed by tour dates opening for The Who and Wu Tang Clan as well as headlining their own shows. But the band has been building up to this moment for a long time: vocalist/guitarist Jordan Cook, a Canadian who’s originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, formed the band in 2011 after moving to Seattle. Cook’s fiery, uninhibited performances soon earned the band cult status, leading to a slot on the 2013 Lollapalooza stage – even though their first single, “Are You Satisfied?” wasn’t even released until the day they played that festival. Then Black Sabbath asked Reignwolf to be the opening act for a 2014 tour; that same year, Reignwolf released two more singles (“Lonely Sunday” and “In the Dark”). The band continued to tour and release more singles, with the buzz about them reaching fever pitch, but it wasn’t until 2018 that they finally went into the studio to record their full-length debut album. Although it’s highly unusual for a band to wait so long between forming and releasing an album (and it certainly is remarkable that they achieved so much based on the strength of their singles and live shows alone), Hear Me Out seems to have been worth the wait.