Wishing Wolf is a young band with an emo-pop-punk sheen that would have resonated with the music scene a decade and a half ago. In their words, their music is a blend of “Emo sounds”. I always consider pop punk my guilty pleasure, so I was immediately attracted to this group. Their music certainly helped scratch the itch.
What are your biggest musical influences?
I’d say most of us mutually agree on the music we grew up on. This mostly consists of bands such as The Used and My Chemical Romance, we hope these bands shine through in our music. Having said this more specifically our guitarist is heavily inspired by instrumental and progressive bands such as polyphia. We feel the blend of the two genres is something a little bit different.
Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
I think we all have some very shocking artists in our playlist, we’re all very passionate about loads of genres ranging from moodie and bessie loving modern Rap, Danny had his routes in metal, Jaz is partial to pretty much anything and Kyle has a soft spot for indie rock. It’s great to have so many interests but it makes jamming at practise [sic] very difficult!
What’s next for the band?
Next up is releasing new material. We have a whole new album to share with the world as well as 4 music videos yet to be released. This is by far the most excited we’ve been as a band, we truly cannot wait to show off our hard work. Our album Violet Fire will be released on all streaming platforms on 29/05/2019.
How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
That’s a tricky one, on one hand it’s made it easy for people to access our music, even sites like sound cloud offer free music from smaller bands, this is obviously great news for us however it can also make it difficult to be noticed in a sea of amazing music from amazing artists.
Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Being a five-piece band we all take influences from absolutely everywhere. I think mutually we can all agree that nerd culture plays a massive part in all of our lives. Whether it be Video Games, Anime or Film we certainly all bond over one or the other. I think its these mutual interests that remind us how much fun we have being with each other and this pushes us to keep going. We would be lying if we said we didn’t have our differences, but they are few and far between.
Can you describe your sound?
We always find it difficult to place our sound but if we had to, we’d say a mash up of 2 different Emo sounds. The rhythm of the 2000s mixed with the leads of the future!
What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
At the moment we’re pretty much split between 2 artists Moodie and Bessie are showing a lot of love to Billie Eilish, whereas Kyle and Danny are enjoying a lot of Lydia at the moment, Lydia is another band we take loads of inspiration from.
What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
I think we probably have the same answer to this one. I think at a certain point in life we all looked at our favorite artists on Kerrang and wanted to be in that position ourselves. Of course back then we didn’t realize how difficult it was going to be, however now we’ve been doing it for a few years we’ve realized a lot of the fun is the experience and the people we meet.
How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Typically speaking the process starts with Danny writing and recording what I suppose could be called demos, these tracks have pretty much the harmonic and song structure all sorted out. Bessie and Moodie also like to be involved heavily in the writing process too, recording over the original demos with their own section adding their own spin on the original tracks. After this we all listen as a band and discuss any changes that need to be made.
If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Tough one! But I feel we all bonded over Lies for the Liars by The Used.
Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
I think we’d all like to tour with different bands I know bands like Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance and The Used are all bands we dream of playing alongside.
What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
We think it’s absolutely fair enough. As mentioned earlier it can be very difficult being a band today, there is a lot more competition. I think releasing more singles keeps people interested in longer, think of the amount of bands that have been forgotten after their debut. It keeps content coming out steadily allowing you to slowly but surely gig and build a fan base.