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INTERVIEW: Wolves Don’t Sleep

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We have been super busy writing new songs, getting ready to play Macmillanfest in September and of course getting ready to release Hope Won’t Set You Free.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hope Won’t Set You Free”?

It was written by a previous incarnation of the band and had a lot of input by two of our previous members Tom and Luke so we owe them a lot for how awesome it became as a track and it was the first in a series of songs we’ve written where we really started to push what we could do as musicians.

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

Steev: The first draft of the lyrics were written when I visited Auswitchz when I was 18 and when the lyrics were brought back cause they fit perfectly to the track and updated with all the conflict and horrible shit going on in the world along with how I felt standing in a concentration camp, thinking about how horrific humanity can be.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re releasing a lyric video alongside the single on August 3rd, we felt with our current budget we wouldn’t be able to do the lyrics of the song justice with a performance video.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was relatively smooth since as a band we have this habit of just sitting in a room and one of us will drop a riff which gets us excited and we then build it into a song fueled by our excitement for what we can create and how we want it to pan out.

Recording was really interesting for us, it was the first time we’ve worked with someone we’ve never met before and we look up to and it was fucking awesome.

What was it like to work with Steven Jones and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Steven was really interesting and a lot of fun and we do hang out and get a beer when we go to see either Bleed from within or from Sorrow to serenity and we’d love to work with him again in the future.

How much did he get to influence the song?

He helped sort the guitar tones before we started recording cause he has a really good ear for it, helping tighten up certain sections with techniques we hadn’t considered. He honestly helped make the track sound more like what we had in our heads and he was a major part in the finished product.

How Emmure and Thy Art Is Murder has influence your writing?

These two bands are only a small fraction of bands that inspire our writing but in regards to the writing of hope won’t set you free; Thy art influenced the song musically with the heaviness and the level of clarity that features on the song along with certain vocal sections Emmure’s influence is mainly towards the groove and a lot of vocal techniques that Steev uses.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

You can expect a lot of new material we’re currently finishing off the next series of songs and hopefully will have the next single recorded by the end of the year.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’re hoping early 2019 but if we can get it out sooner we will. The overall title for the series of songs is “Clarity”.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re love to, so if anyone wants to book us we will come and play.

What else is happening next in Wolves Don’t Sleep’s world?

We have Macmillanfest in September which is always amazing to play with such a packed lineup of awesome artists.

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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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