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.
1. Hobson’s Choice
4. Liars Amongst Kings
Check out the music video to Comatose below.
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.