INTERVIEW: WOLFCLUB

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

We’ve been good thank you, hope you are too. Been busy getting everything in place for the release of the new album whilst simultaneously working on the next. The label (New Retro Wave Records) have been amazingly supportive getting everything in place for the release. We have had the masters back from the sound engineer and the mixes sound great, simultaneously just as I imagined but better than I expected. The artwork has also been sent over and I love what the artist has created for the cover.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “A Sea of Stars”?

We had been wanting to work with Dora Pereli (the vocalist) again on a new track for some time now, and when this one was fully written I had it set in mind that I would like her to sing it, to the point I couldn’t really imagine anyone else singing it. I wrote the vocal melody and lyrics first to some chords on the guitar, and then built it up from there adding an analogue synth bassline, some leads, pads, drums and assembled it together. It’s been our highest charting single to date, and we are so thankful to everyone who has bought or streamed it.

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

Actually yes, the melody and lyrics I wrote some time ago. We were away and in a beautiful place, Capri in Italy, where the mountains meet the sea. We had gone there to escape from something, and I remember the feeling that we didn’t want to leave because what we ran away from would still be waiting for us when we returned home. It’s the first time I’ve noticed feeling nostalgic for a moment that’s was happening right there and then. So I had the vocal idea written down in my notebook for some time, and then a few years later I decided to try and turn the basic idea into a song.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We are based in the Uk, the label is in new York, and the director (Dan) is in California, so there were lots of email conversation around the video and various bits of imagery that would work. He had made some fan made videos featuring sections of our songs and then asked if we were in need of a video, and the timing was just right. I sent over a bare bones concept of what I had in mind and he captured elements from our previous albums artwork; retro red car, pink and purple sunsets, palm trees and weaved them into a short story set on a beach. I had a concept about two timelines working around one another, one working forwards and one working backwards until they met in the middle, which is actually the end of the video.. He pieced it all together in a really unique way and I love what he created.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded a lot of the elements some time ago in the studio and then pieced it all together with the electronic elements so we had the backing track ready to add vocals too.  After that I recorded a vocal demo of the melody and lyrics and sent it over to Dora. Luckily for us she liked the track and recorded a great vocal for us in California, and then sent the files across to us in the UK to mix and master with the rest of the track.

What role does the UK play in your music?

Nottingham and London (where we have both been based) have great music scenes. Every day I seem to find a new indie pop singer songwriter who is doing amazing stuff. There are so many great artists both within our genre and outside of it. There’s so many great music venues in the UK, we hope to go to them again the in the near future.

What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?

I think right now everyone in the world is feeling nostalgic for other times. The 80’s is the time period when we were growing up, when all the movies and music that we first loved were being released, and got to experience it all for the first time, so the time period is really burnt into  our memories.  Particularly the soundtracks and instrumentation of the era inspire our music, where the composers were trying to sound futuristic but using what is now considered vintage hardware. The combination of retro future makes the era feel a bit timeless.  

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

Lots of new material coming out soon. If all goes to plan, a further 3 singles and 2 albums this year.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I think I can say that a new album is in March? A new single will be out very soon, and the album a month or so after. Really excited to get it out there, and hope fans new and old enjoy the songs.

What else is happening next in WOLFCLUB’s world?

Working on promoting the new album and then hopefully later in the year we can play live and do some shows. We are working on the next few albums too, constantly writing together remotely, enjoying doing that. With us being in lockdown there hasn’t been much to do other than write songs which is what we love to do.

Thanks,

Steven

W O L F C L U B

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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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