Wolves are a relatively new four piece band from North Wales. Formed in 2010, the band has already played alongside the likes of The Blackout, William Control, Fei Comodo, Shadows Chasing Ghosts, Polar, Evita and Blitz Kids. Just before the release of their new e.p MetalMouth caught up with Tom Williams, from Wolves to discuss the ep, their recent festival appearance, the bands influences and much more.
MM – This is Lee Walker from MetalMouth meeting up with Tom Williams from Wolves, thanks for taking the time out to discuss things Wolves related for the MetalMouth readers.
TW – No worries mate!
MM – For the people out there just discovering Wolves as a result of this interview how did the band come to form?
TW – It was one of those friends-of-friends-of-friends situations…I was the last to join. I’ve ended up being the one who cracks the whip.
MM – What bands/artists have influenced the band?
TW – It’s cliché, but we’re quite eclectic. I mean, right now I’m all over electronic and hip-hop, Ad’s into acoustic ballad stuff, Ben’s probably still listening to Bastions’ Hospital Corners in his car and Dan’s possibly rocking out to some 80s hard rock. As a whole though, we’re really inspired by the underground UK hardcore movement, and pretty much any upcoming movements. Really, watching new bands and experiencing new music all the time is a huge influence.
MM – How would you describe Wolves sounds?
TW – Pointless, irrational noise.
“Lulling the listener into a false sense of security before delivering a fierce uppercut of metallic chug, and shrill guitar discords…an incredibly strong offering from the Welsh quartet” – Hevy Petal
MM – You are about to release your second e.p “Cycles” for free on Monday the 9th of July. What prompted you to record another e.p so soon after your previous one (“Alpha, Beta, Omega”) which was only released in February?
TW – We actually finished writing Alpha Beta Omega last spring sometime. The trouble was we had loads of live dates coming up, and we didn’t want to cancel just to record. By the time we had everything sorted, it was released in February…it took much longer than it should have. We were itching to write new material again.
MM– How do you think this e.p compares to it?
TW – It’s more raw. After the last recording session we decided we would do things completely different with this one – everything was recorded live, we wanted as little studio trickery as possible. With this I feel like we can say “yeah, this sounds like us.” It’s not perfect, but I think that’s a good thing. It’s a lot more human. That was really important.
MM –What are your favourite songs from it?
TW – I think we’re all settled on Dead Weight…but to be honest, we’re happy playing them all.
MM – You recently played the “Out of The Ashes Festival” in Ellesmere Port and the “Live and Loud Mind Festival” at Brookers Bar in Chester. How did you become part of the lineup of the festivals?
TW – I’m not sure about Out of the Ashes – either our manager asked or they asked us. Live n Loud contacted us directly though, which was cool. I don’t think we’ve ever turned down a charity gig/festival. We feel lucky to be included on these lineups in the first place.
MM – How did your sets go?
TW – They were the first time we were trying out the new songs to new people. I think things went alright. Sometimes it’s hard to tell with big festival lineups, they’re a lot different. But we had plenty of praise, which is humbling.
MM – Do you have more festival slots lined up for later in the year?
TW – We’re playing an event called Summerjam in Ellesmere Port. We played last year and it was a blast, so I’m looking forward to that one. There’s an all-dayer in Doncaster too in September.
“They hold nothing back in their determination to leave senses buckling and gasping for life beneath their intensive, testing and blistering aural manipulations.” – The Ringmaster Review
MM – Besides the e.p release what do you have planned for the rest of 2012?
TW – As many shows as possible. I think 2 EPs is enough for one year. You never know though…
MM – If you had to pick one song to sum up Wolves right now what would it be?
TW – Dead Weight, without a doubt. I think that sums up where we’re at right now.
MM – Are there any up and coming bands out there you would recommend keeping an eye on right now?
TW – Me and Ben caught Doppelganger a while ago – they’re definitely going places. On the hardcore front, I’d say Black Years, Hopes, Cowards…
MM – Are there any messages that you would like to pass on to your fans?
TW – I don’t really feel we’re big enough to use the term “fans” but…cheers for all your support. Hope you enjoy the new EP.
Don’t forget the new ep “Cycles ” is available as a FREE download on Monday 9th of July through Wolves Bandcamp Page HERE
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