Azure Wolf, welcome to VENTS! Can you tell us about your latest single, Black Fur?
Victoria Backle (Singer/Rhythm Guitar): “Black Fur” has been simultaneously the most daunting and most rewarding song we’ve done thus far. This was one of the first songs I wrote for the band and we’ve had so many different versions of it throughout this year; it feels so good to finally release it. This song holds so much value for me – it’s the song that helped us define our sound together and it’s also a personal anthem of strength and resilience.
Isaac Foltz (Lead Guitar/Producer): Black Fur was recorded and mixed many times and many ways. The final draft even has a couple parts recorded in my home studio. We truly tried to give this song everything we felt like it needed.
Tommy Moore (Drums): It’s a song we’ve been working on for a year and has gone through so many different iterations. It’s like a really dark Toto structured pop song.
How did it feel to tackle such a sensitive subject as a band?
Victoria: It feels authentic. All of us have been through a lot as individuals and it feels like the best place to come from, musically, is from a place of brutal honesty. You never know who needs to hear it or what kind of impact it will make for someone going through similar things.
Sean Spencer (Bass/Synth): I think it felt natural, as if these were the types of subjects we were going to be tackling from day one. We place such an emphasis on honesty in our music and in our friendships, and that has allowed us to share hurts, fears, and victories in our personal lives as well as our craft, and this song has been a success in that practice.
Do all of your songs come from personal experience?
Victoria: Lyrically speaking, yes. I take a long time to process things and I take even longer to verbalize them, but everything that gets written down comes from an experience. I think it’s my own way of working through things. I want people to be able to relate to our music – to be able to sit there and say, “This is exactly how I feel”, because those are the kind of songs that saved my life. I think that the only way to achieve that reaction is to dig deep and deliver from a place of authenticity.
Other than music, what influences your sound?
Victoria: I’m very much a visual person and have always looked towards movies, art and music videos for inspiration. I love the way that visual art can make me feel and the effect it has on my reaction to the world. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of pretending I’m a desert transient who’s running from the law with nothing to lose. Movies like Thelma and Louise, Natural Born Killers, and pretty much anything Quentin Tarantino have heavily affected my sound and image.
How has your music gone down in your hometown?
Victoria: I’m born and raised in New Jersey and sadly we’ve not had the chance to play there yet. This band was pretty much birthed during Covid, so we’ve been very limited with playing live shows. We have had quite a bit of traction in the DC/Northern Virginia area where we all live and plan on getting a tour together as soon as the world allows it.
Isaac: Hometown friends and family are super supportive. We have played most of our local venues and it’s always been a good time.
What is your usual writing process?
Victoria: In the past, I would usually have a full song written and bring it to the group so we could all put our flavour on it. These days, our writing has been much more collaborative in the sense that everyone is honing in on their song writing styles. We are lucky to have four talented songwriters in this group; it keeps our sound eccentric and the ideas fresh.
Tommy: Usually Victoria will bring lyrics and the guitar to the table first and then we sort of jam it out. Recently though we’ve been starting from just a riff or an idea and then build a song from there.
Isaac: Someone brings an idea to practice and we all put our personal spin on it. We jam it out a couple times to see if it’s an “Azure Wolf song.” It’s usually apparent to everyone if it makes the cut.
Is there going to be a music video for Black Fur?
Victoria: Yes! We’re thrilled to release the music video later this month. This is going to be our first video and we really think you all are going to enjoy it. It’s very exciting venturing into the visual side of our art, I think it’s going to be a big deal for us. We tried to tip our hats to Winchester, the town we started the band in, as much as possible. We really value the community here and want to give our gratitude to our fan base in this area.
Tommy: Yes, we are very excited to release it! We filmed it at a local bar here in Winchester called Blue Fox. The director, Travis Clem, is very talented and I think really captured our vision for it.
Can you tell us a little more about your upcoming debut album?
Victoria: We’ve worked very hard over the last year to write and record our first album. It’s been simultaneously a defeating and triumphant journey, but I wouldn’t have wanted to do this with any other group of dudes. We’ve really struggled to find the right studio and producer, so we’ve been through the wringer trying to get these songs down. I think we finally have an album we’re proud of. Expect to hear a bit of anthemic rock with an ethereal overtone. A lot of our influences come in to play on this one. We’re planning on releasing the album in the fall of 2021 after a string of singles this summer.
Tommy: I’m really excited to release the album as a full body of work. We recorded this back in July 2020 in two weekends. It’s been almost a year of hard work with producers, doing the mixing and mastering, getting the album cover together and all the post production stuff. So it’s been a long process and we can’t wait to finally share it with everyone.
Isaac: The new album is a mix of songs we’ve been working on since we started playing together, and some more recently written songs. I think the depth and growth will show linearly through the whole album.
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1FucJie5F9yUNlH1eAlBoz?si=g4eeRVWnRU6mmya7uuZ6dA
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