Gabriel Vargas’s new single Like Wolves is indie-rock at its finest; the fresh sound of modern music with spirituality and mythology pulsating in every beat and note.
Gabriel’s musical experience is wide reaching. He’s headed up bands such as Gasoline Inc. and Veludo, supporting acts like rock icons INXS and The Feelers, and having his song ‘Superstar’ picked up by the AFL.
Though the sound is brilliant, it is so much more than solely the musical aspect, with Vargas stating, “Like Wolves is not only a single release in the physical sense but also a cathartic release spiritually and emotionally…it feels like slowly removing the bandage of an old wound – the marks of the past are still there, but there is a newfound strength and hope for the future.”
The accompanying video – starring his Vargas’s sister Raquel and long-time collaborator Red Horse– explores the struggle of leaving an abusive relationship, and the tortuous yet liberating experiences that comes through it.
“Initially, it was written about a disagreement I had with my mother, which really was a by-product of a much larger energetic shift and recalibration happening within my family. In 2009 my step-father committed suicide and that had thrown the family dynamic into a bit of a tailspin whereby other revelations came to surface…including that of sexual abuse, of which I and my sister were directly affected by (I prefer not to use the word “victim” as it implies helplessness and it is something which has now been integrated and transformed into “empowerment”).
With an explorative personal story unmatched by most in the industry, Vargas makes a conscious effort to make his works heartfelt and honest, giving the listener a deep understanding of the artist, as well as the art.
“For me, this whole process conjured up the spiritual image of fire and the burning of the old to welcome the new…and understanding the “wolves” that we each hide behind…which was based on an old Cherokee Proverb Two Wolves.”
Vargas is also donating his online earnings to The White Ribbon Foundation, an organisation tasked with preventing men’s violence against women.
With a great blend of Native American sounds and a fresh new vibe, his new single Like Wolves is a delight to listen to. Don’t miss Gabriel Vargas launching his stunning new offering at Melbourne’s Croxton Front Bar on March 17.