Brit riff beasts WOLVES DON’T SLEEP have just revealed a killer metalled-up version of Panic! At The Disco’s track, Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time, out now via all stores, and here – https://youtu.be/fmQMc_hiSJA . We grilled the guys with this A to Z quiz:
A song that made you want to make music?
For me, it has to be the trooper by iron maiden. I saw the live music video for it when I was super young, just watching Bruce run around in the red jacket waving the union jack while singing against the backdrop just made me go “I have no idea what this is but I want to do this” it just struck a chord with me and I’m always hoping i can do something to that scale.
Best rider you’ve ever had?
We actually got given a few cans of beer once and had Nandos delivered to our dressing room that’s as “rock n roll” as it’s ever gotten for us we aren’t as cool as we wish we were.
Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?
I’m not exactly sure I can pin this down cause we can’t be left alone for five minutes without doing something stupid or dangerous, I guess the drive to Norwich and back is up there since we were driving down weird little back roads and we saw like two massive bonfires with no actual explanation, me and Connor (drums) were in my car and we had to stop in the middle of nowhere for a quick break and I swear I saw sla few UFOs and it freaked me out so we got out of dodge pretty quickly. As far as I’m aware the rest of the band in the second car had a less eventful journey. Also aliens are real come at me.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
“I have seen the reality that is love
in the face of my friends
and the smile on your face
and i owe you my life
this will never die
I promise we will never die.”
Easiest song you wrote?
I guess “If I’m The Snake You’re The Ladder” off the new EP was the easiest cause when I wrote it I was in such a terrible state of mind it was easy for me to frankly throw out how I was feeling onto paper cause I just wanted to get it all out of my system, but I don’t really have an easy time writing lyrics cause its hard for me to be able to pull it out of myself and put it in a way that makes sense, luckily I am able to vibe with the music my guys write that helps me put it all into place.
Favourite song in your set?
Has to be the title track of our next EP Clarity. It is my favourite song cause it means the world to me, is the most cathartic and has the sum of our entire sound as a band where we are right now.
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
We’ve had this discussion a few times on various drives to and from shows and practice.
Stormzy hands down cause it’d be sick.
But to pick someone within “our world” I’d love to have Dez Fafara cause I really look up to him and he gave me life advice once outside a show to just keep pushing to be in a band and I’ve stuck to that ever since and it’d be amazing for it to come full circle and have him sing my lyrics on one of our songs in the future.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Being at our level, we have next to no income outside of our day jobs and we haven’t hit that level yet where we are looked at as a “real band” so we aren’t taken that seriously. It sucks at times but we always get so much positivity back from our releases and shows it makes it all worthwhile and I know at one point it will all click and come together.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
The most interesting fact is how little we know about Dan Bradley (guitar) man’s an enigma.
Jokes you have in the band?
Key to writing a song?
There honestly isn’t a legit answer to this, does it make you feel something? Good! You’ve got something works with that. Can you play it week after week and still enjoy it? Yeh, you’ve got a song. That’s what matters. That’s key. You have created something timeless.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Norwich. Fucking hell that was a drive. Amazing and we made a lot of friends in the bands there, check out A Thousand Voices and Decay the Ocean was such an amazing night. We will drive as far as we need to play a show cause we know it’s gonna be top.
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
It’s a toss-up between Devin Townsend and Dan “Soupy” Campbell from the wonder years.
Devin cause its Devin Townsend, the man is just amazing and so creative everything he does just makes me rethink what we are capable of as musicians.
With soupy he just hits such a key spot with me emotionally that resonates with me and makes me feel everything down to my very core and just pushes me to be better as a frontman and lyricist.
New band you’d recommend?
Our mates in Those Once Loyal, decent local lads and nice metallic hardcore with some tasty riffs
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Parkway Drive, they have hit the peak as a metalcore band doing arena shows and having an amazing live show so to be able to open any of their shows would be the starting point to where we want to be as a band
Place you’d most like to tour?
America would be amazing, I know the drives between each show would be long but to be able to experience every city and every state that has so much to offer would just be such an amazing experience we’d have the time of our lives and do no favours for foreign relations.
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
It’s ok not to be ok. Have hope.
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
The title track of our upcoming EP next year Clarity.
I went through a really shit time a few years ago that led to the creation of the songs on this EP of me dealing with my own personal demons and mental health that was the consequences of my own actions and underlying issues I never realised/ had the bravery to deal with.
So Clarity came when I finally sought help and i was able to see life the way I wished i could have seen it my entire life.
See us live at?
We’re playing Albert’s in Nottingham, November 30th with From Sorrow To Serenity, Borders, The Five Hundred, Red method and DLVRR.
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Better cause the record labels had way more money and would sign ANYONE.
But they would sign 100 clones of whatever band was the biggest seller at the time.
I don’t exactly agree that things used to be better cause right now so many more people have the ability to put their ideas and music out into the world at a lesser cost than it used to me, doesn’t mean it’s all good mind you. But I honestly think it is better now because the “powers that be” can’t dictate trends as easy as they used to, but it also means you have to grind so much harder to just be noticed but yano what? I’ll take that challenge cause I know we have it in use I have so much faith in the guys in my band that stand behind me, wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world.
Those Ghost dildos were a bit weird, weren’t they?
Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?
I’d love to be able to do a full acoustic set of all our tracks but it’s hard to translate riffs into acoustic, but we’ll work on that.
What do your fans mean to you?
Honestly. Anyone who supports us and gives us the time of day means the absolute fucking world to me and i honestly cannot express how I feel that people will support something that I have wanted to do since I was 14 and it is the only thing that makes sense to me.
You mean the world to me and i am glad that I am doing something that means something to you for you to support us.
Xrays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries?
We haven’t had any serious injuries yet but we are probably due one, Bingley has nearly taken my head off a few times with his bass on stage but so far, we have remained unscathed.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Chayce. 100%. We were once late for load-in cause it took 4 hours for him to get his hair done. I love the dude to bits but his sense of timing is just something else.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
Gonna actively avoid saying wolves here.
I guess meerkat are pretty cool and work as a cohesive unit with everyone have specific jobs.