WOLVES DEN are new to me. But there is something about them that made me want to find out more about them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
What is this band really all about?
M: You know, all the people that are involved in Wolves Den already played in several Bands and have long time experience. We wanted to start a new Band and avoid all the mistakes we made in former projects.
Besides the Music itself it is pretty much about the lifestyle. We all have regular jobs – but our passion and our lifeblood is 100% the whole metal thing.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
H: Since we do come from a “cool place” it’s a bit hard to answer that question. But anyway, my impression is that most people don’t give a fuck where the band is from. Okay,
if you’re from Indonesia, Ghana or Antarctica there may be a little plus. On the other hand: things would be a bit harder for the band then.
No, here the topic is whether we Bavarians are real Germans or not. But that’s more of a local gag.
When you release an album that gets pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that? Do you feel that you have a sound all your own that follows on from album to album? How important is identification from album to album to you?
H: Let’s talk about that again after the second album! Of course, good reviews are always nice. But they barely have any influence on the follow up work; we do/continue with whatever we find cool, with a sound that is somewhere between a snapshot of our current personal state and the stuff we did over the years. If people still like it or find it even better – good. If not: fuck you, maybe next time.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up digitally or is physical still cooler with really good songs?
H: On the first album it was definitely the period of waiting and working before the release. You need good songs. And lyrics. Artwork. A band. Money. All that takes some time. And in this time you’re just recording, rehearsing, writing – and you don’t get back a single word of feedback. That was the hard part. But now we have a good record, play nice shows and – finally – have some fun. That is what it is all about for us. So now we get something back and can lay back: yes, what we did was cool.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
M: The first band that I was involved in recorded the first album in analogue. That was at the end of the 90’s. I personally don’t really see the point of recording analogue today. Of course it is ok if you want to use this different
sound as a kind of stylistic device. But aside from that analogue recording only has disadvantages. There are also some good Plugins that you can use in your DAW to make a recording sound analogue. I really doubt that there are many people beside professional sound engineers that would ever hear the difference with a “real” analogue recording if you use them.
How do you view your sound? Would you say that you have a sound that is all your own and that I’d recognize it instantly?
M: You are talking about the sound and not the style, right? I do not think that our sound itself is “unique”, there’s nothing extraordinary about it. We are trying to stand out with good songs and not with special techniques.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
H: Vocals = instrument. Besides the words I use I try to use that instrument as a contribution to the songs. And if words and sound end up creating some synergy: even better! I wouldn’t dare to do some blabla just to fill up the needed parts in a song. No, there must be a story. And our stories are mostly dark and full of anger. If you ask for a message, well, here we might get lost in translation… That’s also the reason why I sing in German. I like to play with the language, create different layers of meanings. And if you hear/read that stuff you can discover them. The basic one (plain written) or the higher meaning or even the story I really wanted to tell. The feelings behind each song. But back to the message: there is no concept or red line through the first album. Each song has it’s own theme(s). For all non-Germans: Death, dying, loss, anger, nightsky, pedophile monks… All that stuff…
What part does artwork for album covers play in the world of the band?
H: It has to look cool and fit the sound. The Deus Vult cover was paid work. We wanted to have Jesus (and his other religion companions) impaled, and we got that.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
M: Yes, the second show in town is always better than the first one hehe. But we do not attract this kind fan-boy-fans that follow us up to the toilet. It’s more adults, settled people coming to our shows. And we really appreciate that.
What do you see in the future?
M: Looking into my cristal ball it tells me that the world is gonna be even more fucked up in 2017 than it was in 2016. When it comes to Wolves Den – we are going to have a little tour through western europe in the beginning of 2017 and are also preparing our second album.