We Are Wolves
I won't even mention the fact We Are Wolves...
are from Canada - as a lot of my current time is being taken up by artists from that part of the world! The guys recommend some great Canadain acts to watch; why each member is an integral part of the machine - and how they channel the darkness of David Lynch with the Disco funkiness of the Bee Gees!
The guys talk about their new song, I Don't Mind, and how its (dramatic and filmic) video came together; what comes next for them; what tour dates are coming up - and how they will be spending this Christmas...
Hi. How are you? How has your week been?
Great week! We’ve been working on some new stuff...a bit colder and darker but still Raw/Mutant-Pop.
For those new to your work; can you introduce yourself, please?
We are: WE ARE WOLVES…
A Montreal band with a stand-up drummer, a Weird-Pop-cold Electronics dude - and a Latino guy; playing dark Dance bass-lines with Punk fingers…and a kind-of-Garage-guitar. You could call it ‘Mutant-Pop’.
I Don’t Mind is out there. What was the inspiration behind the song?
We have always been fans of Disco and dark soundtracks (think, Carpenter-Moroder) but, in a strange way, we could never do a full-on weird Disco song. On our last album, we just told ourselves that we would do what we wanted and not what people expect...so we went full-on druggy-Disco…kinda.
It has been called a cross between the Bee Gees and David Lynch. It seems you embrace light and darkness in equal measures…
I loooove light!
I really love the sun and dream of moving to Barcelona or Colombia - but only really feel alive at night..in the darkness (hahaha! Whatever that means...but still true). So, yes, I guess we do “embrace light and darkness in equal measures.”
The video for I Don’t Mind looks dramatic! What was it like seeing it back and what was the shoot like?
We have been working with that dude for a couple of videos and it seems like we share the same interest of the occult and the mystical. So, that video, mixed up with that Disco song, makes a lot of sense.
The song/video is the soundtrack for the New Age occult, as imagined by Jérémie Saindon. Is Saindon someone who brings the best out of your music in a visual form?
We never really understand where he wants to go with his vision, his videos. But, then again, I’m not sure he understands, also...
That is exactly the reason why we work with him.
WRONG is the new album. What kind of themes and stories go into the record?
Hummmmm…same as always.
Love; death, but this time, it’s more psychoanalytical and less philosophical.
Can you tell me how you all met - and what it was about one another that formed We Are Wolves.
Art students bored of being art students: I always wanted to be a professional skateboarder and ended up learning to play an instrument (still learning).
Montréal is home. What is the city like for music and vibes at the moment?
Amazing! Sooo many different scenes, bands; music venues and people making it happen.
Who are the new artists you recommend we check out?
My god! That’s hard. There are so many...
IN THIS PHOTO: Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche/PHOTO CREDIT: Minelly Kah
What advice would you give to artists coming through right now?
Could not say anything; it’s too complex. We would need to invite the person or band for dinner and get drunk.
Do you all get the chance to detach from music? What do you all get up to when not making music?
Hmmm…make more music.
Where can we see you play this year? What dates do you have coming up?
South America and, hopefully, Europe and Asia.
Christmas is not too far away. Do you have plans already or will you be busy working?
Going to see my family in Medellin, Colombia and, hopefully, learn some cumbia - and bring back some influences for the new album.
I love cumbia!
Finally, and for being good sports; you can each name a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that).
1: Bernardino Femminielli - Plaisirs Américains
2: CO/NTRY - Cash Out
3: No Negative - Cellophane
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