Band of the Day: Vegan Wolves

Many bands are doing what they can during the ongoing lockdown, and Vegan Wolves are one with an imaginative video…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Well, we are all Spanish but from different parts of Spain. Maria (drums) is from Murcia close to the warm, sunny south. So is Ale (lead guitar) who comes from Málaga. Ángel (bass) is from the northern, green land of Galicia and I, Javi (voice and rhythmic guitar) come from Madrid.

How did you meet?

We have to go back to November 2018. Alex, our previous drummer and Ale (lead guitar) were searching for people to form a band. Ale met Ángel and talk to him about the current project he was planning to do, so Ángel decided to join them. They afterwards put ads searching for a singer. I saw these ads on a blog (honestly, I didn’t think they were going to answer). I showed up and jammed with them and everything went smoothly. They had other candidates but they chose me. Something similar happened with Maria. After Alex decided to abandon the band due to personal reasons, we did the same method. So Maria was chosen among other drummers. It sounds like something taken from the jury of X factor, but we surely felt like them.

How long have you been playing as a band?

Almost four months with Maria now.

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

(Laughing) True, true. Sure this is one of our top questions about the band. Well, it was chosen democratically. There were a few options that we came around and we voted. I think we liked the catchy sound of it, we believe it is catchy nowadays. I also think about the way it evokes the opposites, and how someone has control of himself over his instincts, an idealist…or maybe I’m overthinking and Im just a windbag (laughs again).

What are your influences?

Each of us have our own influences, and bringing them together is what makes interesting and beautiful. We have a wide range of music influences such as funk, blues, indie, grunge and rock.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

As I said, bringing these influences and ideas together to create new sounds and songs is what makes us unique. It is not easy to classify our work in a single genre. Well maybe in alternative rock…anything is alternative rock! (laughs). No but, seriously, each song can go from dancing funky style to a head banging riff… but most of them are waiting to be recorded in our new album I’m afraid.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

It is true that, our three first songs, aren’t “happy” but sure they are uplifting. They talk about struggling experiences, in the past and how we dealt with them. But with the upcoming LP there’s much more to talk about.

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

Our live shows are intended to make people dance and have fun. This is the reason why we still play covers of famous songs, because we understand that new listeners may feel bored after the first three songs.  We are realist, we have a small project for the moment. But we wish to see the day where thousands of people scream our songs. We have played about fifteen shows till the Covid-19 burst into our lives. We had a few more in our schedule but we will see how the situation evolves.

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

Honestly, maybe watching our fans doing a mosh pit. But looking forward to see or perform some crazy stuff.

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

We perform with a standard kit. Two guitars, one bass and a full drum kit. Three, maybe four microphones. Im not into pedals, neither it is Ángel. But Ale, for example loves to coddle his sound.

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

For the moment we want to share our music and our latest video which you can found on YouTube. Fun fact, it was fully recorded with our phones from our homes during the confinement. It depicts our current situation.

What are your plans for 2020?

We would like to keep up with the concerts and as soon as we can record and release a brand new LP.

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!

It would be great to open with Adventure Awaits, really cool folk/country band we already had the pleasure to play with. And as we start with something “soft” let’s have harder ending with The 59 Sound which happens to be a band where my uncle is the drummer. It would be great playing together and goofing around.

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