Hound The Wolves – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
HTW: (Tim) We are a band who lives in the modern metal scene, where a wide variety of different types of music and influences are being combined to create new, but familiar music. We blend psychedelic, metal, americana, and drone elements using themes of nature, numerology, and the occult to create musical journeys.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
HTW: All the members of Hound The Wolves have their own stories, but we came together in 2015 based on Juan Carlos and my collaboration on some songs Juan was working on. The rest of the band joined one by one, and we refined a set of songs we recorded independently, and eventually released in 2018 as Camera Obscura, and in 2019, a split with Glasghote. We create live shows that convey our music though a 40 minute set with our song punctuated by interludes, soundscapes, and coordinated video. These performance led to us playing both Ceremony of Sludge and Sabertooth Beer and Music Festival this year. We are currently asking those that enjoy our music to visit our bandcamp and purchase merch and music as we are raising funds to pay for studio time to record a new set of songs we have been working on over the past year or so.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
HTW: Musically, Juan and I are both inspired by US Christmas, our mutual love of the music created by Nate Hall is one of the reason we originally started playing together. Collectively we are influenced by a very wide variety of music, from such classic performers as Neil Young. Neurosis is another shared favorite, YOB, Amenra are some of the better known bands. We are also fans of some of local bands in Portland, like Glasghote, who we just released a split with, WILL, who played our release show in Portland this summer, Witch Mountain, Holy Grove, Eight Bells, Young Hunter, Sol, Flood Peak, The Sleer, From The Ages (Tim contributed a lap steel track and produced audio for a video coming out soon) as well as a ton of other great bands. We are really lucky to live in such a fertile place for creativity.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
HTW: I value independence, so my dream is to get Hound The Wolves to the point where it is a self sustaining band, so that we can create new music and continue to express ourselves creatively. We really enjoy the live performance, and we would love to one day perform at festivals like Roadburn and Psycho Las Vegas. Mostly we just want to be able to create new music and bring a live show that brings
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
HTW: The original ideas for our first set of song can from our vocalist and guitarist, Juan Carlos. Juan and Tim started arranging these songs together, and th rest of the band came in and helped finish things up. More recently, we have been working in groups to get songs arranged. Our songs are based around drums, bass, guitar and vocals. The lap steel, moog, droungs, samples, and aux percussion are the finishing touches. Lyrically our songs focuses around numerology, mysticism, the occult, and as much asks the listener to look at situations from multiple perspectives. Hound the Wolves is very much about the multiple way things can be interpreted by the listener. Two people can listen to our songs, and Juan’s lyrics, and can come away with multiple meanings. Both of these meaning are equally valid to the listener, and show how perspective has a big impact on how each individual views the world..
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
HTW: Of course, we always try to make our shows special events, something more than just an ordinary show. Part of our live show involves stage props, some tension, an element of the unknown. For local shows, we promote on social media, print posters and put them up, make videos, pretty standard stuff. Showing people what you are about is often more powerful than telling people. There are so many band these days, saying, my band is awesome is so played out, it just doesn’t register with people. We prefer to show people what we are about live, and try to capture that for a moment on recordings. The best advertisement is when people are taking about you.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
HTW: I personally am a big fan, I still want ot own music, and I have a bandcamp account, and this is my primary consumption of online music download wise. Much love for bandcamp. The convenience and quality of downloading music is a great thing for consumers. For independent musicians, online sites let you reach out too much wider audience than people 50 years ago could have dreamed off. You can reach a world wide audience. However on the other side, there are more band and artists than ever, so getting traction and breaking thought the reality of modern media can be a challenge.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
HTW: It is a tough space for artists that want to make their living exclusively from music. It takes a pretty substation fan base, willing to pay high prices, to sustain all the musicians in a band. Touring is a must to generate income, and in many ways it is like running a private business. Labels that stay around seem to wait until band have proven their is an audience before they want to partner. The raw economics are extremely challenging, but if you can put asses in seats, you can do OK, but it is a hard path, and the hussle never ends.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HTW: Tyrant by Black Math Horseman, mostly, because I love how this song starts out with this hypnotic beat, and very spacey call and response guitar interplay comes in, this hypnotic guitar line that seems to weave in and out of the rhythm section, then soulful vocals come in over the band, and the end result is something that sounds both familiar, but also fresh and new, original, at the same time. Then the heavy part comes in to with another sting dual guitar riff, which fades dynamically back into the quieter section, This is the kind of writing that excites me, bends me ear, and captures my attention.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
HTW: How long you got? My biggest music pet peaves are people that won’t just tell you no, or that don’t respond at all to your message, the ole’ “California No.” I feel that having the common courtesy to respond to professionally written e-mails. I don’t mean that people should answer every crazy e-mail, and I get how easy it is to become jaded. But just spend the 30 seconds to say, hey, thanks for asking, but this isn’t going to work out for us this time. The worst is bands and bookers that don’t respond to messages about shows. Just say you don’t want to do it and we can all move on.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
HTW: One of my proudest moments has been playing the Sabertooth Music and Beer Fest where (the) Melvins were headlining. It is just amazing to even be on a festival with such legends, we had Crystal Ballroom Brewery brew a special porter as part of the festival and we had a great crowd show up to see us open things up at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon, cheering us on. It was a really great experience.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
HTW: Our live shows are a chance to take a break from the trials and tribulations of everyday life, a time to put aside the everyday and live in the moment. To lead all of you troubles fade, and just be in the moment, seeing the sights and sounds. Nate Carson of Nanotear Booking told me he does not like it when bands refer to their shows as rituals, but that in our case, he admitted that when it came to Hound The Wolves, the comparison was justified. Video can’t capture the full visceral experience of one of our shows.
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