A feast for the ears, but a nightmare for google search, Oakland’s Why? kicks off a nearly two-month tour in SF this week. The music is a combination of an infinite number of styles â€“ from hip hop to indie to psych and beyond.
I spoke with Yoni Wolf, Why?’s mastermind, over the phone last weekend about his motivations for playing music and the evolution of the band.
Wolf was raised in Cincinatti as the son of a rabbi. He said his religious upbringing has stayed with him as an “urge inside me to get to the bottom of things,” and a “feeling like there is some kind of truth out there to find.” And while Why?’s lyrics drift toward the profane at times, it’s not rare to feel as if you’re getting a dose of philosophy. The dizzying shift in point of view is demonstrated perfectly in “The Hollows.”