An interview with Espen, the guitarist of the Norwegian Dark rock band, Wolves Like Us.
By Carla Morton
Hej Espen, how things are going?
Hi, things are going fine
Tell me about Wolves Like Us, a little history when the band was formed.
Wolves Like Us started back in march 2010, when Jonas (drums) approached Lars (singer guitarist) about starting a band. The two of them worked at the same club at that time and liked each others previous bands. Me and Toy (bass) had been In a band with Lars for many years already, so they wanted us to join.
Let’s talk about releases, which is the debut album?
Our debut album, “Late Love”, was recorded in January 2011 and released in June the same year. It consist of 9 original songs + a cover of The Afghan Whigs My Enemy. Four songs of this album were recorded as demos from spring 2010 and that demo got us a record deal with Prosthetic Records. Videos, (find them on youtube) were made for “Deathless, Gone To Dust and Secret Handshake” songs.
“Black Soul Choir” was released last year, what can you tell about this also?
BSC was recorded in spring 2013 and came out in February 2014. It`s more sludgy, maybe a bit more heavy and epic than “Late Love”. That’s what we think at least. Videos were made for Ì Don’t Need To Be Forgiven and Three Poisons.
Who use to write the music in the band?
Lars write all the lyrics and melodies and we all contribute for the riffs and ideas for the songs.
Did you start writing new materials for a future release?
Yes, we are making demos as I answer these question. Behold 2016.
What about the band’s influences?
Well, we all grew up with indierock, punk and metal, so I guess all those genres inspires us. 80`s synthpop bands like Depeche Mode and Duran Duran has always been favorites. But to name a few bands: The Afghan Whigs, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Hot Water Music, Leatherface, Quicksand.
Any lyrical themes?
I guess you have to ask Lars that question. All I can say is that it`s quite dark.
What about concerts, are there any confirmed?
We just did a four date tour with Torche in Norway, but nothing more is confirmed at the moment.
What other plans o you have with Wolves Like Us?
We wanna tour the US and more of the eastern European countries.
What message do you have for the people who support the band?
Rock your socks off!! And support your local record dealer.
Takk Espen, all the best! Cheers!