Band of the Day: Wolves Don’t Sleep

It’s the weekend and the weather doesn’t suck. Celebrate by introducing yourself to another new Band of the Day: Wolves Don’t Sleep…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Nottingham, England.

How did you meet?

Steev and Connor went to school together and formed a band where we ended up playing with Chayce’s old band, who also used to be in a band with both Dans. So we are just a culmination of old Nottingham bands from our teens.

How long have you been playing as a band?

About 3 years now.

Before you get sick of being asked. where does the band name come from?

From the phrase “wolves don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep” which was the main mission statement when the band was formed, to just do what we wanted to do.

What are your influences?

The bands we listen to and our life experiences, there’s no actual pinpoint for this because we have so much to inspire us. The bands we listen to and see live inspire us to push ourselves and the lyrics come from a personal honest place.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Nothing we do is the same and does not follow standardised song structures a lot of the time. There is no telling what direction each song will take.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

The majority of the themes we touch on are based upon my own personal experiences, feelings, and battles with my [Steev’s] mental health.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played? 

Energetic and unrelenting and we give a fuck about what we are doing and appreciate everyone who gives us their time and try to involve them as much as possible. We don’t really keep track of the number of gigs we’ve done but we can remember each show we’ve played and pinpoint special points from each show.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

It’s hard to pin down but here’s a top 3:

Last Macmillanfest, Dan, and Chayce jumped off the PA system while Steev was starting a pit in the middle of the crowd.

Steev ended up getting pulled out the crowd at an Attila show to sing “Payback” with Fronz.

We played a gig in a ski centre one year which ended up with Steev climbing across all the tables and chairs in the room and there was no stage so we just invaded the crowd area. We were never invited back.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

  • Connor is exclusively Mapex, Meinl and Promark
  • Chayce and Dan are LTD
  • Bingley plays Schecter

You’d need a whole separate interview for Chayce’s pedalboard and we have a Roland sample pad.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Our new single “Hope Won’t Set You Free” which is due for release on August 3rd.

What are your plans for 2018?

Smash Macmillanfest in Nottingham again and start recording the next EP.

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 to open for Wage War and we’d get our mates Infirm of Purpose to open for us.

Header image by Em Coulter Photography

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