As bassist for 90s super Canrockers Moist, Jeff Pearce didn't just pluck away in the shadows; he co-wrote a lot of the tunes with heartthrob David Usher, with whom he still plays. Corralling a couple of players from Crash Kelly, Pearce seeks solace in the sounds of his mid-90s heyday on his solo debut. Wolves is like listening to the best of the post-Nirvana grunge acts that dominated the airwaves at the time. Slick production by Pearce and Mark Makoway adds a very manufactured sound, and while songs like Alcohol And Nicotine and Radio One certainly rawk, you can't shake the feeling that you've heard it all before. Much better is Empires, a quietly strummed gem that recalls Lou Barlow's acoustic home recordings, avoiding formulaic Lollapaloozaisms.