S.M. Wolf began as a tribute to the 2013 Spring Equinox. Adam Gross, former front man for Indianapolis group Amo Joy, was approached by a friend who was organizing a cassette compilation celebrating the equinox with spontaneous, one time bands. Accepting the challenge Adam holed up in the tiniest bedroom in Indianapolis and wrote and recorded seven songs on a 4-track reel-to-reel in one week's time playing all the instruments himself, recording over an old Bee Gees tape. After the cassette’s release, S.M. Wolf began to get several show offers. Initially meant as a one time recording project, it was clear that S.M. Wolf had more steam in them.
Enlisting former Amo Joy band mates Ben Leslie (bass) and James Furness (drums) and former Raw McCartney band member Rachel Enneking (keys), S.M. Wolf began to play several local shows attracting the attention of NUVO, the Indianapolis Star and In Store Recordings' Derek Vorndran. Derek offered to release the original tape on a 7" and the band obliged. Shortly after this, in the fall of 2013 James Furness left Indianapolis, and in the search for a new drummer the band found Melanie Rau.
The band spent the next year touring regionally and along the East Coast before releasing Canine Country Club in February 2015 with another Indianapolis imprint, Jurassic Pop Records (Pfarmers, Varsity).