Slowly but surely, pop-punk is making a resurgence. The genre has long lain dormant since its glorious reign over the ears of teens and adults alike during the mid-noughties, though just like a volcano, pop punk is ready to explode into life once more. Spearheading the movement is Wolf Culture, an English quartet who have just recently released their first EP: The Devil’s Plan For Idle Hands. If the title of the release isn’t enough to get you to reach for your converse trainers and skinny jeans, then perhaps our interview with band members Max and Jake will be. They let us know all the nitty-gritty details of their quickly-blossoming band. So without further ado, let’s get tucked in.
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Bournemouth in the south of England.
How did you meet?
Jay and Max are brothers, so they’ve been acquainted for a little while by now. Jay met Jake and Josh at their college and quickly started playing together in various bands. When Jay and Jake decided they wanted to start their own music project, they got Max involved, providing vocals/guitar and writing the songs.
How long have you been playing as a band?
With this name and line-up, we’ve been playing together for about a year.
Before you get sick of being asked… Where does the band name come from?
Too late… Nah, we’re just kidding. The name came from a very rainy day in England when Max saw a husky dog being forcefully walked in the rain. Huskies are like wolves and wolves have the wolf pack, but this one was tame and alone.
What are your influences?
We take influence from a variety of genres because we listen to really different stuff individually. Jake’s favourite is definitely Waterparks though.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I wouldn’t like to say that we are too unique however I think that what may set us apart is that we don’t intentionally write each song for the genre we have been put in. We just record what naturally comes out and if that happens to be pop-punk or emo then we have no problem with that at all.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Each song is written to be in its own space and not to be part of an album. Max writes from the heart and draws from experience so they are really personal tracks. Hopefully they fit together on the record though.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We’ve played a lot of shows together so we’re experienced with every sort of show there is to play, except from super huge arena tours with Nickelback. We’re open to it though. *wink*
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Naked. Man. Need I say more?
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Jake currently uses Mapex, DW, Zildjian and Vater sticks on drums. The rest of the boys all use Fender guitars that are always changing but Max is particularly in love with his Fender Jag (as seen in the “Wreck” music video).
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our debut EP entitled The Devil’s Plans For Idle Hands is out now, so we’re really pushing that at the moment. Both “Wreck” and “Continents” can be heard on this 4 song EP.
What are your plans for 2018?
Get big for the summer. Please.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We’d love Weezer to headline and our boys in SHADED to support us with their jammy tunes. Check them out.
From previous Band of the Day Shadow of Everest: Have you ever sustained any injuries on stage?
Jay once dislocated his knee. It may or may not have been when he was tuning his guitar. Drop C tuning is powerful shit.
From another BotD, Divided Minds: What has been your favourite venue to play?
Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in Brighton. The name says it all. Mike’s a passionate lover.
And from BackBlast: If you had to change your band name, what would your name be?