Wolves dont sleep
Appealing to more and more Mainstream crowds than their usual Metal fans, the lads take their recognition and popularity skyward, increasing what is now a multifaceted fan base. Now, strongly focussed on their goals with Never Give Up coursing through their veins, Wolves Don’t Sleep are ready to snow plough any obstacle that stands in their way, taking this pack further down a road to success, that they have hunted for many years.
Originally the brainchild of lead vocalist Steev Bond, together with drummer Connor Maclean started to form the nucleus of the band that would later serve them well in the future. But members come and go, as is always the case in the early days of any band, and knowing exactly what they wanted, continued to try out a multitude of performers that would best suit their vision, and now stand proud of their achievements with a band of brothers that now are Steev Bond – vocals, Daniel Bingley-Bass/vocals, Connor MacLean-Drums and Daniel Bradley on Guitar and together turn the cogs of their mighty engine.
Collectively, members have all been playing from around the age of fourteen to fifteen within a great many bands in their local area, slowly cutting their teeth in the industry and furthering their craft utilising WASP, Creeper, Still Remains, Megadeth, Whitechapel, Emmure, Lamb of God, Bleed From Within, Slipknot, Asking Alexandria, Skid Row and even Duran Duran over the years to sculpt their individual styles and inspiration.
As a band combination of the aforementioned individual influences sparks their creativity with the vast amount of artists they listen to daily, adding to their repertoire of original ideas and as a result have gone on to perform at the Rescue Rooms and Rock City Beta in Nottingham, sharing the stage with and supporting Bloodywood, Ingested, Martyr Defiled, From Sorrow to Serenity, MC Devo, The Five Hundred, Martyr Defiled, Our Hollow Our Home and Chuggaboom, along with festival appearances with bands such as Loathe, Hacktivist, Bleed From Within, Holding Absence and Alesana.
“This is all we want to do and it is the only thing that truly makes us happy, from writing/recording and practising and playing shows. Even just spending time together doing the smallest thing is when we are truly our happiest”.
I followed this up by asking what the meaning was behind the band name, they went on to add;
“It is from the phrase Wolves Don’t Lose Sleep Over The Opinions Of Sheep, which represents how we function as a band, we will do what feels right to us and we will pay no attention to the opinions of others”.
So with that said I asked what they have learnt about themselves as a band on their journey so far, they went on to tell me;
“Mistakes will be made and you must learn from them and nothing is ever easy. True art and victory takes time, patience and perseverance”.
Always interested, I asked Wolves Don’t Sleep what their personal songwriting process was, and how they would overcome any writers blocks, they told me;
“Dan Bradley does the majority of the instrumental writing with input from Steev and Dan Bingley. We write scratch drum tracks through our recording software with rough ideas of certain sections or Good Ideas and leave all that in the hands of Connor. The lyrics are all in the hands of Steev mostly with Dan Bingley assisting and Dan Bradly helping establish melodies or certain segments in-line with his guitar parts. Its a matter of time and patience, for you cannot force a good idea, but on the other hand, sometimes being rushed to finalise an idea can really lead to some interesting ideas when you have to push the boundaries. This was used for the lyrics to Forest Fire, and is a testament to this, as the lyrics were formed very late in the recording process of the Clarity EP”.
So I went on to ask if they have the same persona on and off stage, they replied;
“Who we are on stage is more a heightened level of ourselves. We are not putting on an act on or off stage, this is who we are as people, and allows us to express ourselves in our purest forms”.
“It’s hard to pin it down to one thing, but we think the thing we enjoy most is being able to spend time just doing what we love, and spending time together where we are the masters of our own destiny. Even if it is us just hanging out backstage and finding ways to entertain ourselves or within the travelling we do. Just being able to do whatever we want and do what makes us happy. There are a lot of people out there who are only looking to work with you to make money off you, and doing next to nothing in the process, promising to help further your career and to always be professional. You can own your mistakes, but you do not have to make them publicly known”.
Howling at the moon with a fury enough to strike the night with a terror that will chill your very soul, this ep is laced and laden with a brutal undercurrent that scars the very air that surrounds it, taking their musicianship and technical ability further than they could possibly imagine, and on a road to success within their genre.
Throughout this masterclass of musicianship, are all the elements needed for success throughout a vast compendium of syncopated genius, displaying their dynamic in a style that’s top of their class.
Anyone casting their eyes in wonder, over what lies beneath the cellophane, better think again if they are going to Cry Wolf, as these Wolves Wont Sleep until you join the pack.
Star Rating – 9/10
If ever there was a track to tempt the listener into buying this ep, it would be –
” If I’m The Snake Then You’re The Ladder”.
“We are so very grateful for every listen and every little piece of support we get, supporting us is not a decision you will ever regret.
We are the wolves knocking at your door”.
© Stargazer Music Magazine 2020
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