Wolfgang Van Halen, son of the late Eddie, has released a new single ‘Feel’ with band Mammoth WVH, the fifth single from their debut album.
When asked by a fan on Instagram in July 2020 about how he felt about being compared to his father’s legacy, Wolfgang Van Halen replied, “Being who I am, I think people at least will be interested in what my work will sound like, which is nice. But on the other hand, if it’s not exactly what they want to hear or if I don’t sound ‘Van Halen-y’ enough for them they’ll hate me and won’t give me the time of day.”
Wolfgang has carved out his own chops performing with the likes of Tremonti, Clint Lower and of course his father, but carrying the Van Halen legacy was difficult especially as his upcoming debut album with Mammoth WVH was postponed multiple times.
He broke the ice with tracks ‘Distance’, ‘You’re To Blame’, ‘Don’t Back Down’ and ‘Think It Over’. Distance was a tribute to his father, and racked up 4 million plus views on YouTube, but the next gen Van Halen can stand on his own two feet. ‘Think It Over’ is a fun little pop song that has Jimmy Eat World influences and ‘Dont Back Down’ has a mid-song instrumental section akin to Queens of the Stone Age.
So what of ‘Feel?’ It’s an upbeat, classic rock tempo that showcases the multiple styles we can expect from the singer who wrote all of the songs and performed all the instrumentation and vocals. Thematically, it’s a song about a rapid fire decline of a relationship, as the singer warns “You feel something/I feel nothing/I know something’s wrong.”
Mammoth WVH will release their album on 11 June. Their name is taken from the original band name for Van Halen, and as Wolfgang recalls on the website “when I grew up, I’d call my own band Mammoth, because I loved the name so much.”