INTERVIEW: Duke of Wolves

Can you tell us more about your latest single “Teddy Boy“?

It’s definitely our bounciest single yet, it’s coming out on 18th of August and people already seem to love it at our live shows! It’s short, pulsating and packs a mean punch when the riff drops.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Not necessarily an event, but more an overexposure. We love wearing all sorts of weird and wonderful things (Tom is partial to the odd stiletto) but sometimes people get worn by their clothes rather than the other way round. It’s about social pressure changing who you might naturally be, although it doesn’t necessarily make you a bad person ‘Please don’t misunderstand, he’s not a bad man he’s just hollow as his boots’. BE YOURSELF!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Absolutely, we like to do everything in house and since we had a very active time just after the recording of the song (with Ben Philips at Lightship95), we decided to capture it all ourselves. In the video you’ll see a bit of us playing festivals (Isle Of Wight Festival, Camden Rocks, Dot To Dot and The Great Escape), and generally having fun in between, not to mention a special bonus feature at the end which isn’t on the released recording; if you check out our other videos there’s always something a little peculiar at the end!

How was the recording and writing process?

The song was recorded and mixed by Ben Phillips at Lightship95 London, with assistant engineer: Dan (Danté) Guerrieri. Lightship95 is a big red boat with a fabulous recording studio in its belly. In our previous recordings with the awesome James Billinge, we tracked every instrument individually, so we thought it would be fun to try a more ‘live’ approach for this one, recording all instruments together with the vocals separately; we loved it.

In terms of writing, I always write at home on my acoustic guitar, send it to the guys, Tom (drums) will have a fiddle, Orlando (lead guitar) will throw some colour at it with licks, and Sara (Bass)  will add some almost classical earth to it. Essentially I provide the raw product, and they will season it, nurture it, cook it and add some nice veg (probably potatoes…who doesn’t love potatoes?!). Everyone is getting their songwriting skills going these days too which means plenty of new directions to come!

How has Queens of the Stone Age influenced your writing?

QOTSA are a band we love because come on, how can you not?! In terms of influencing writing it’s certainly not conscious; my favourite band of all time are The Beatles! The sheer volume and differing genres and styles of music we listen to is huge, so whatever comes out in the wash is a result of our general and non discriminatory love of music plus something completely original. If that means we have echoes of QOTSA, then we certainly have NO PROBLEM whatsoever with that! Lyrics are also very important to us.

Can we expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

All we can say at this time is that we have a very vast array of songs we’re working on, and the people who like our music (our Wolf Pack) shouldn’t worry…something is definitely coming. 😉

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

There will be something ( not saying what), but something hefty early next year. Let’s just say we’ve got a few aces up our sleeves. So for that reason we might call it ‘Steve Wilkos – Behind The Laughter’… unless you have a better idea?!

Any plans to hit the road?

September will see us roaming out of London for sure and exploring the rest of the UK with a couple of awesome bands!

What else is happening next in Duke of Wolves’ world?

We’re opening a new set of roller coaster rides at Wolf World and Orlando’s training to be a unicorn, but apart from that, working hard, gigging, and getting as many people as possible to join our Wolf Pack! You can follow us on Instagram @dukeofwolves where every week we have two special story features. Every Tuesday we have #DukeLikes where we share some of the awesome bands we’re listening to at the moment, some of which are big, and others around our level (if you go to our Spotify profile you can find all of them so far); and on Thursdays we do a self filmed and animated #ThrowbackThursday featuring songs each of us have picked that week.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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