Neil Young and Promise of the Real are less than three weeks away from releasing their album The Monsanto Years, and on Wednesday, they unveiled a video for new track “Wolf Moon.” It’s one of the gentler songs from their collection of protest songs against the agrochemical company Monsanto. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Wolf Moon is the name of the full moon that rises in January, while the Harvest Moon comes in September.
The video was shot at the historic Teatro Theater in Oxnard, California, the same spot where Young and Promise of the Real – led by Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah – cut The Monsanto Years earlier this year. “I don’t really have anything against the human beings working at Monsanto,” Young told Rolling Stone. “But Monsanto is the poster child for the problems we’re having with the corporate government.”
Young and Promise of the Real are hitting the road for a North American amphitheater tour in early July, and they’ve warmed up by playing surprise bar shows in Maui, Hawaii and San Luis Obispo, California. The shows centered around material from The Monsanto Years, but they also featured Young classics like “Country Home,” “Down By The River,” “Goin’ Back” and “Walk On.” The group has rehearsed a ton of other tunes for the tour, including extreme rarities like “Vampire Blues” and “Expecting To Fly.”
“My favorite thing is when he hits what I call the ‘cosmic hurricane black hole tornado button,'” Micah Nelson told Rolling Stone. “He hits this button on the Whizzer and it’s like suddenly just a bajillion tons of cosmic sludge are hurled into a wormhole and they’re blasting out of his amp into my back. It’s pretty much the most dreamy, surreal shit ever.”