Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
HW: Horned Wolf identifies as a metal band. There are so many subgenres and we tend to move fluidly through them at times. So we like to just say a metal band and let the listener decide where to put us.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
HW: We formed in 2015 with the intent to blend modern doom metal such as pallbearer with the blackmetal shoegaze type sound of deafheaven. At the time several of us were very into those records and thought it would make for a cool blend. However our personal influences and our natural sound together just took us where it wanted to go and we enjoy that ride. Our original singer moved away in 2020 after being in the band since 2016. Don (our guitar player and recording engineer) had previously recorded Sav (our new singer) on a project they were involved in previously. When the spot for a singer opened up Sav was the perfect fit to take the band in a new direction and reignite our desire to keep growing.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
HW: We have a lot of music influences all over the place. We like to say it’s as broad as In Flames all the way to Kate Bush and bands such as Shai Hulud, Alice in Chains, and Black Sabbath. But we are also super stoked on more modern things like Pallbearer, Slabdragger, IDLES, Lorna Shore. Our Drummer David always says his biggest influence was the local music scene that we grew up in. We had the honor of seeing bands such as Coalesce, Saved by Grace and The Get Up Kids.
Outside of Music movies are a big influence. Especially horror movies. I think we all share a love for that genre.
Also Books. We all have so many different influences we could go on all day but let’s just leave it at that for now.
But also Pizza…
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
HW: When we first started Horned Wolf our biggest goal at the time was to release a full length vinyl. That is still a goal for us and one we are hoping we can achieve with our Debut LP. A dream would be to be able to tour with bands we love and bands we are friends with. That would be the icing on the cake as it were.
The biggest dream would be getting to be part of a movement in Metal where trans/non binary kids can grow up and see people like themselves on stage. Sav grew up in a small town where they were told they couldn’t be a screaming vocalist in a metal band because they were not a “dude”. So if we can have a hand in making inclusive bands more prevalent that would be a goal worthy of working to reach.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
HW: The songs usually start as guitar riffs written by either Don Or Justin (both guitar players) For example Justin will write a couple of sick riffs and then Don will run them through his brain and put them together with other riffs. Sometimes what goes in is not the same as what comes out. But once the main structure is there we all work on it musically as a full band until it’s just the way we want it. Sav (vocalist) will sit in on the music writing so that we make sure to keep room for vocals in the songs.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
HW: These days most things are done on social media and we spend a good deal of time trying to make fresh content to post to keep things interesting. But we also really enjoy going “old school” and putting up flyers in local businesses. Word of mouth has also been super beneficial.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
HW: We love it! But we also love digging through record bins to find great bands. There are some things missed for example we really love listening to entire albums as an experience but that’s no longer what every listener wants. What we want is what they want. We are fans of metal ourselves and will take it in whatever medium it is provided to us.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HW: Literally any Black Sabbath song. It seems like now it’s nearly impossible to sit down and play a random riff and not accidentally write a Black Sabbath riff. They were just so good!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
HW: Fascism, Queerphobia, Gatekeepers, dickheads, pay to play, etc…
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
HW: Our Proudest moment was just recently actually. We played our first show in two years (thanks covid) and it was also Sav’s first show with us at a local venue in Lawrence, Ks called The Replay. It was this past October on a Thursday and we absolutely packed the place. There was so much headbanging and rowdy fun we all (and we mean the audience included) had full blown bangovers the next day. The show was so well regarded it actually made it in an article by local press as the #1 coolest thing from Local bands in Lawrence for the entire year of 2021.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
HW: We are finishing up our Debut LP which will be called “Become Like They Are” and hope to release that in the spring/summer.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
HW: We have two singles out now “Drag the Bayou” and the album title track “Become Like They Are” that will be on the debut album and you can stream them everywhere! They can also be purchased from our bandcamp hornedwolf.bandcamp.com or whereever you prefer to make digital music purchases.
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