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 SHE CRIES WOLF. Answers from Luke Harriss. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Kyal and I wanted to write music together, as we had always admired each other artistically. We joked about playing shows with Norma Jean and Every Time I Die; which ended up happening early within the band’s inception.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-We have always strived to write music that is true to our own taste. Obviously the aforementioned bands have played a huge part in influencing us to write music. However, we have never tried to 100% copy any other artists. We always try to intertwine our lyrics and music so that it takes the listener on a journey, which hasn’t been very difficult for us thus far. It feels natural/organic.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Lately it has been rather challenging haha, with Belic recently becoming a Dad and myself building a home and getting married soon. Also, Kyal and Gal have been busy too. We’ve also been busy playing shows/touring. So, there has been little to no time available to write new music. When we do take the time to do this, it involves a lot of sharing of ideas via Dropbox (bedroom recordings). Kyal will often take the time to consolidate the ideas into properly structured songs. I am always writing lyric ideas and concepts into the notes section on my phone, which I use to record rough ideas at home. Generally we have 30ish songs to play with by the time we record in the studio. Then we just take to the time to pick and choose the strongest tracks for an album.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
Outside of “Cultist” which could have easily been a song on our latest album Liar. We haven’t really released stand alone singles. I love the idea of releasing albums predominately and feel like more bands should do it. It challenges artists to produce more and provides more of a listening experience. I feel as though it has a lot more longevity in terms of leaving one’s mark on the world.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I tend to disagree as long as artists are keeping active and touring/selling merch. Gone are the days where artists can make money solely selling physical copies of their music. I feel that the future of music will require artists to have a strong online presence that mirrors their live presence also. I don’t think technological advancement will kill music as long as artists keep working in the real world.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Over the years our response has varied. Early on it was far more violent; in terms of crowd interaction. Which in a lot of ways we perpetuated ourselves. I have been fortunate that people will often resonate with my lyrics and sing along passionately. More recently the singing along has eclipsed any violence. People are more eager to take the microphone off me than throw a punch. My body appreciates this more haha. Our latest album has garnered the largest response to date, which has been incredible.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-We’ve always had people overseas reaching out and messaging us. It’s great and we love the interaction. In terms of “surprising”, it always blows our minds when people get tattoos of our lyrics or something referencing the band. It will never not be surreal to us. It’s really overwhelming to have strangers that impacted by your art.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-I have met a lot of life long friends through my involvement with music and the scene. I don’t believe I would have met a lot of these like-minded people without music as a conduit. I don’t feel like I needed to play in a band to feel this either, even attending shows is enough.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-The live scene is great. Especially in Brisbane. We have always been supported there and are proud to call it home. Our latest tour was amazing in terms of response from other cities. The turnouts were a lot larger than expected and people loved hearing the new songs (off Liar) live.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We have some shows coming up soon and are in the midst of planning our next tour. Hopefully heading overseas in the future, which is something we’ve always wanted to do. Obviously with our busy lives the band has taken a back seat recently, but that will evolve with time.