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Mixing it up: Indie band Why? pulls from entire catalog for current tour

It’s the first days of tour, and Yoni Wolf has no complaints.

That’s all a musician can ask for while on tour, right?

“Touring is a beast,” he says in a phone interview from Boston. “You can’t really contain it. You just have to remain flexible with your life while on tour.”

Wolf is the lead vocalist of the indie rock and hip-hop outfit Why?

Joining him in the band is Doug McDiarmid, Matt Meldon and Josiah Wolf.

The band is touring partly in support of its fifth and latest album, “Moh Lhean,” released in March. An expanded edition of the album was released on Feb. 2.

“We did a tour right after the album came out last year,” he says. “So that tour was heavily around the new album. This tour isn’t really that album-specific. We’re pulling from our entire catalog for this tour.”

Wolf fell in love with music as a child and has kept creating music since.

His journey has been filled with many genres.

He’s rapped and been a drummer and a poet.

In fact, aside from working with Why?, Wolf has been working on other projects with musicians for the past three or four months.

He’s producing an album for his friend in the band The Ophelias.

“Before working on that, I was working on a video project with another artist,” he says. “I’m not a great multitasker, so I try to focus on one thing at a time. It’s easy for me to sort of lose focus. My strength and my weakness is that I get obsessive about things.”

Wolf also keeps busy by releasing solo work.

“Writing for myself, it’s constantly in flux,” he says. “I’ve never had a super-routine way of working. It’s changed over the years. The most recent album, we recorded it at home. I didn’t write demos for this album. We just went in and wrote and recorded the albums. It was more about experimenting as we go.”

Though he’s not good at multitasking, Wolf enjoys keeping busy.

“The touring side of life is so different,” he says. “I have to use a different side of my brain. In some ways, I really like the variety. I like changing it up so I avoid the ruts. I also like completing things. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, though I’m still learning how to handle all of life’s transitions.”

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