Bursting out with a teeth-sinking debut single Repent are Adelaide’s freshest theatrical emo/ rock/ punk outfit, Wolf & Chain look set for a big year once the madness that reigns right now calms down. Repent is just the tip of the iceberg of what Wolf & Chain have in store for this first half of 2020 and the band drop by to answer some questions for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Repent?
The build-up towards the release was super positive and supportive. We had everyone waiting for stuff from us to be properly released, so I think the anticipation paid off. We had played a fair few shows around Adelaide prior to us releasing ‘Repent’ so I think that helped because we really got to prove ourselves as a live band first and foremost.
Was the process of making the single as challenging as you thought?
It was definitely challenging in its own ways, especially when you are creating something that has a large theatrical concept surrounding a preacher led cult. The band really learned a lot during that process, it brought us together and made us a tighter unit for sure.
How is the band making the most of the lock down right now?
We are currently planning our next release, as well as continuing to write and record material. We will also be making sure to keep an online presence, keeping in touch with everyone and pumping out content when we can.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
I would describe it as electrifying and energetic theatrical ‘Emo-Punk’. A combination of ‘pop music on steroids’ with poignant moments of sincerity.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
We are all influenced by a lot of different groups/musicians. Obviously there is a shared affection for classic emo bands like The Used, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Pierce the Veil etc. However, we are also influenced by bands like The Pixies for their pure chaos and creepiness, as well as large acts like Queen for their massive anthemic sound and commanding stage presence. Individually there are even more influences, spanning from metal, hardcore, prog, punk all the way to pure pop. I think what brings all of the influences together though is a desire to tell a story in a grand way, to take the audience on a sonically charged emotional journey with us and to create a sound/feeling that is larger than life and everyone can rally behind.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
I’m pretty sure at one point or another we had all been told to stick at this thing, and with that continued determination I don’t think there is anything Wolf & Chain can’t do, so I would say that ‘keep working hard’ would be the best advice we would have received.
How did the band get together?
I (Jack Cumes – vocals) met Joe Butcher (Guitar) at the University of Adelaide, with a shared love for theatrical punk we formed the beginnings of the band together. Soon after, Harry Charles-Britton joined on bass guitar with Sam Gutwein on drums. We then got Luke O’Dwyer to join playing second guitar and with that the band was fully formed and ready to take over.
Are you looking to tour more broadly once the madness settles down?
Absolutely, We are still planning to do an east coast tour later in the year when everything calms down and gets under control.
What’s next for Wolf & Chain?
We will be releasing a second single soon and when circumstances allow, we will be filming an epic music video with more exciting news from us to come shortly. I would keep an eye on the Wolf & Chain camp for big things to come soon.
What’s something interesting that most people wouldn’t know about the band?
That each member has their own alter ego attached to the concept that they perform as. (Vocals – Preacher leader, Lead Guitar – hired gun/bandit, Second guitar – member of the undead summoned by our cult magic, Bass – working man gone nuts/wild card & Drums – clown/muscle.)
Interview By Rob Lyon