He’s quickly worked his way up to being one of the worlds premiere mastering engineers, Maor Appelbaum has worked on records from Faith No More, Yes, Starset, Butcher Babies and more! www.maorappelbaum.com
How important is mastering to your album? Should I get it mastered? Whats the difference between Mixing and Mastering? – Your questions answered this week!
Featuring: Bobaflex (USA), Vistas (UK), Arrows of Love (UK), Mallory Knox (UK), West Thebarton (Australia), Congression (CANADA), I am Haunted (USA), Awaken The Giant (USA), Ego Kill Talent (Brazil), We are the Empty (USA)
First thing I realized once the first track “Hobson’s Choice” kicked in is that this record is very well mixed. It’s very rare these days to be able to hear all instrumentals in a mix with clarity. Props to Siegfried Meir for producing a solid record. The bands sound is described as very modern, mixed with some reminders of Rage Against the Machine. If I were to give you three bands HSTW relates too its Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, and The Deftones. From the guitar tones, mixed with the epic bass tone, driving drums and a very raw sounding vocal from the bands singer Karl, the band will take you an emotional journey right until the end of the 5 song record. Then you have to go back to the beginning and listen again.
What are some other names you came up with before you decided on “Howl Said The Wolves” to be the band name?
The only one that jumps out to me is “Priori” which is latin for ‘what comes before’ as our original drummer Matt, Zac, and I had all been in a band together before. But we decided looking ahead was better than looking behind and came up with Howl Said The Wolves
What does your band name stand for or mean?
Howl Said The Wolves can mean a lot of things and we try to let people think it means whatever they want it to. The way we looked at it when we came up with the name is when a wolf howls its a call to its own kind and also a territorial warning at the same time. We liked the duality of the idea in that it was a call to other like minded people but also a warning to others. We also have all kind of adopted the saying that “The tiger and the lion may be more powerful. But the wolf does not perform in the circus.”
The bands newest release Opproar is a very unique sounding record, can you describe the song writing process?
Thanks George! We wanted our record to sound a little different so im happy to see it worked in some way. Our song writing process is fairly organic compared to a lot of other bands we interact with. I usually come in with a riff or progression and then Zac and Andrew and I flesh out the rest of a song around it and keeping adding and tinkering and sometimes subtracting until we all feel it flows nicely and feels ‘done’. At that point Karl will put his vocals over top of everything and sometimes at that point the song changes again. This keeps going until we’re all happy with how it all sounds. The last things we usually add are Zac’s screaming vocals and interesting little transitions/ stops and starts etc. Sometimes we can knock a song out in few practices. Other times we get stuck on a song for months.
What bands would you compare your sound too?
We all like such different music that we don’t really have that many common influences. Some of the bands we’ve been compared to include; Breaking Benjamin, Deftones, Sevendust, Alter Bridge, and Killswitch Engage. How accurate any of these are is up to you but … other people said it.
Do you find social media gets in the way of things sometimes, when trying to promote yourselves and the new record?
Social media is honestly a pain in our ass. We all understand how important it is but its been gated and put behind so many pay walls that it makes it really hard for small bands like ourselves to reach anyone with paying an ever increasing amount of money. We’ve honestly put a greater emphasis on interacting with people 1 on 1 and getting to know the people that dig our band instead of throwing darts into the dark online. We’re still available for download and streaming everywhere you can imagine and have social media but its just not our #1 thing. The music is.
How has the scene changed for bands that want to play live?
Its gotten really tough honestly. The economy is still in the toilet so people have less disposable income to spend on things like local shows. Also with the decline of rock music in popular culture in the last 10 years or so its gotten pretty tough out there. That being said there are still venues and promoters and bands and fans that give a shit and want to come out. It may be harder to get people out of their homes and to a concert venue but it just means you have to work harder.
Who are some of the bands you’ve shared the stage with?
Some of the bands we’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with include: Mushroomhead, Wednesday 13, Something You Whisper, Loyalist, Polarity, and Starved At The Root.
You all seem to be very good friends, do you guys have a go to drink when hanging out?
We are really good friends. It’s something that’s really important to all of us that there is a healthy amount of respect and love for each other. You’re not gonna get rich being in a rock band right now so you better enjoy it and who you’re playing with. We all get together outside of Howl Said The Wolves fairly frequently to hang out whether its a house party or going away to a cottage for a weekend or a music festival. We all have friendships together outside of the band.
What are some of the bands interests outside of music?
Well personally I’m a big gamer and when I don’t have a guitar in my hand I probably have a controller. Karl is big into cars and custom fabrication. Zac and Andrew both have a bunch of other music projects on the go and Zac has recently gotten into recording. We all manage to stay pretty busy.
Featuring: The Gospel Youth (UK), Calling All Captains (Canada), Fizzy Blood (UK), Fighting Sides (USA), Phantom Atlantic (CANADA), Cold Black (Denmark) The Brave ( Australia), Grave Pleasures (Finland), Marina City (USA), Boy Band (USA)
Phantom Atlantic is an alternative rock band from Toronto, Ontario consisting of members Kyle Brunet (lead vocals/guitar), Ryan Stam (lead guitar/keys/vocals), Jeff Burling (bass), and Ken Grisé (drums/vocals). Formed in late 2015 as an open-minded, collaborative exploration of musical and philosophical ideas, their eclectic sound ranges from the energetic to the serene.
Today is a very good #newmusicfriday because we have the debut record from Phantom Atlantic being released on all major distribution networks around the world. After hearing the new EP before its release, I will tell you the music is infectious and very well put together. You’re left wanting more at the end…(here’s hoping for more music or a full length in the near future) – With a rhythm section bromance, an aspiration to see how they would sound if they collaborated with Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar at the same time, Phantom Atlantic brings a very down to earth feel to their music. These guys are talented, and came out of know where. It’s been a long time coming for the band and today is the special day for them. Give them a listen. ..Welcome to the World Rock Countdown.
You guys are about to embark on a tour, can you tell us about the hardships being on the road brings?
A: Some hardships on the road besides being away from immediate family is the possibility of anything bad could happen. Maybe a venue didn’t help promote or they did but don’t want to pay out. Or the Van breaks down in the desert or snow storm. Another bad one is when people steal gear and try to sell it. Those are all pretty bad.
How many tours have you performed on?
The band has done many tours over the years but did have a period of time when we did not tour at all.
This band’s history dates back to before this new band name, has it been hard to keep the band together all these years?
It has been hard all times. People come and go due to creative differences or just want to move on. I ( Chase) am the last remaining founding member of the band. I still have the drive inside to keep pushing because I feel that even after so long that ” Get Busy Living” has finally found its sound that nobody has heard yet.
What are some important things to remember while promoting your band?
That we all represent the “band” either positive or negative. Sometimes it can be hard to not speak on things or to speak. It can be hard to promote sometimes but try to find a way try make it fun and interesting and engaging for the fans.
Who are some of the bigger acts you’ve had the pleasure to play with?
I Prevail, Knuckle Puck, Glamour Of The Kill, The Ready Set, Avril Lavigne and Backstreet Boys
How important is it to support other bands? Extremely important if we want the scene to thrive.
Burn and Repeat, what made you come up with that name for the single? What does it mean to you?
The state of the world is what made me come up with the name haha. To me ,it means to not let yourself be controlled by the wealthy of the world who determine how the rest of us live our lives. Find a way to live a positive life with someone you love.
With all the things happening today in the US, what is the bands views on the madness?
Donald Trump and his family and the people who surround him will go down in history as 1 of the worst things to happen to this country. Speaking nonsense and bringing more hate, discrimination and lies is bringing us down. We as a human race are too young to understand how to coexist. The fact that racism STILL exist in 2017 just tells us we have not evolved enough as a species. We live on a rock flying through space and we are not going anywhere else anytime soon so we better figure out how to live with each other. If they keep making poor and weak minded people fight wars we don’t want and taking away small freedoms and killing unarmed men and women. At some point the tables will turn and the many will rise against the few.
Where is your favourite place to play?
Local places would be The Granada, The Aftershock and The Bottleneck.
The Viper Room in California is amazing.
A crazy tour story? Probably years sago going to the West Coast. Our bassist hit the jackpot in Las Vegas winning a good amount of money. This led to tables full of Irish Car Bombs and Vegas Bombs. Leading to walking out at 6 am with glasses of whiskey and the sun coming up. Realizing how shit we felt after drinking all night we slowly made our way to bed haha. Also in that same run the vans AC broke so 6 sweaty dudes in a van was REAL fun.
Featuring: Milkhouse (Iceland), Eyes Wide Open (Sweden), A Broken Silence (Australia) , Linkin Park (USA), The Penelopes (France), Super Best Friends Club (England), Get Busy Living (USA), L’Rock (CAN), Wolf Parade (CAN), Venix (Germany)
Featured bands: Martin Rubashov (Sweden), Gypsy Chief Goliath – (Canada), BROOMFILLER- (Canada), Pulled Apart By Horses (UK), The Dead On (Denmark), Sundara Karma (UK), DYGL (Japan), Wayland (USA), The Moose (USA), Josh Todd & The Conflict (USA)
Featured Artists: High Love (Canada), Slotface (Norway), Phedora (Poland), Young Kings (UK), Days of Jupiter (Sweden), Milk Teeth (England), Evergrey (Sweden), Ded (USA), Stone Sour (USA), The Night Cafe (UK)