In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with AGE OF THE WOLF. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-We’re really happy with the result of this record. Looking back we can definitely say that we managed to emanate the feelings we were going through at the time of the recording. There are a lot of strong feelings involved in this album, and it definitely represents a time of change and transition for all of us, even musically speaking, and we’re proud to say we feel it truly shows in the record, so we have nothing but love to our debut album.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Age of the wolf evolved from the prototype name “Proyect Wolf”we had back in 2014 when the group was basically Chris and Beto working on riffs both had composed before meeting up and jamming with our first drummer and bass player. Around the time the songs began to take shape and demo recordings began for the first EP. The name “Age of the wolf” was settled as the oficial name for the proyect at the time and ot basically stayed like that. Not much of a meaning behind it, but it surely has grown on us and taken it’s own personal meaning for us.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s somewhat overwhelming, we must say. Most of us have been in bands or doing music since we were little kids, and for all four of us this is the first time we’re getting some exposure as a band, so, while we’re definitely grateful for this opportunity and everything that has been happening, there’s definitely a weird side to it, weird in a good way though. We’ll forever be grateful for all the people that have supported us since day one and along the road, all this happens basically because of them.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I think the most important thing for us are live gigs, we definitely are aiming to be taken as a serious form of stoner/doom expression, but we believe in transmitting energy and leaving something to whoever gets to see us live, raw energy, a lot of emotion, we usually don’t talk much on shows other than to thank the people who came and people related to organization of the gig (credit for those who truly deserve it) we prefer out body languages and out intentions to be known while we perform, so basically no ritual killings or demonic orgies for us.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-We think that artwork is very important since every album first enters the listener through the eyes, it’s the first thing someone notices before listening to a record, specially when it comes to a debut release, which is our case. Also there are people that supports a band solely on the cover, before even listening to it, so we knew we needed something that matched the music in every way, and “Cry Me A River” by Adam Burke (Ruby The Hatchet, Tchornobog, Gatecreeper, Vektor) was the perfect representation for our vision on the music in this album. It’s very agressive yet, soothing and melancholic in some ways. The album is a roller coaster sound wise, so it was the perfect fit.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It’s 2019, nowadays if you want to be noticed by your target scene, then you’ll probably need social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc unless you wish to remain as an underground band, which is also totally acceptable. Social media has helped us sell merch, update fans regarding the recording process, promote gigs among many other applications we can give to our profiles. Us being since the beginning an independent band, we’ve been used to do things on our own. Now with Aural Music’s support and signing, we can get a broader audience on social media thanos to them. We think controlled use of the tools we have in our hands is the key to remain stable at least on networking. But, there is a thin line between what’s useful and what is unnecesary and cringy. People tend to get tired of things very quickly, so keeping the listener’s attention in a way that is aligned with the style of music and aesthetics of the band is necessary in order to maintain balance. That’s the real key: balance.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your lifez
-We really believe this feeling is based on the intention of the band you talk to. In our case we definitely do feel like we’re part of something bigger, but we’re just seeing the surface as of right now. Underground music worldwide feels like it’s growing a nice scene, and it feels good to little by little become part of this. Additionally from this, the fact that everytime we play we send our message to the people listening to you, definitely adds so much meaning to the music, it’s amazing when people can relate with your personal experiences and make it their own, this is exactly what makes it all worth it.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Speaking from our perspective, being a band that has not played internationally, we can say that at least for the emerging bands, there is some kind of brotherhood producing quality shows, supporting each other’s projects, getting to know one another, leaving the old stale scene behind for the greater good that is creating an image for our country that is appreciated. There are bands doing amazing things and attracting the eyes of other countries: Bloodsoaked Necrovoid and Astriferous in Death Metal, Redhead Match in Stoner/Doom, Heresy and Dekonstruktor in Thrash Metal, Nostoc and Dry Bones Army in Tech Death, just to name a few, then add the bands that are in the process of releasing their first material or continue to release after some time. We have a growing scene and all we are trying to do is get rid of that sick stereotype that is that there isn’t really good stuff in our country, because that’s utter bullshit. The key is support, share, gig, record, release and repeat non-stop.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We have played across the country on a multitude of places, still got some to visit, but as far as international touring we haven’t got the opportunity yet, but it’s definitely the next step for us once the album is out.
Is quite the challenge for a band from Costa Rica to get international gigs, but not impossible, we believe the record’s gonna make someone, somewhere interested on how we interpret our songs live and we will push as hard as we can to get those out-of-border gigs.
What will the future bring?
-Gigs, lots and lots of gigs, we strive to play a lot locally in and out of the capital of Costa Rica, we also strive to hit the international scene and tour out of our country and get our record heard as much as we can, we are totally open to collaborations with other artists in the genre and we are eager and ready to take our act anywhere we can, eventually we hope to tour Mexico, USA and Europe in the not so distant future, in the meantime we keep ourselves on a regular rehearsal regimen to be as sharp as we can, and also toy with new ideas that might evolve into our next release. We consider our music a reflection of ourselves at the time we wrote and recorded Ouroboric Trances, so we are exited to create new music that evolves as the four of us do in our artistic journey.