WOLVES DON’T SLEEP (from l-r): Connor MacLean (drums), Dan Bingley (bass/vocals), Stephen “Steev” Bond (vocals), Daniel Bradley (guitar), Chayce Swain (guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
PHOTO by EM COULTER
Since first hitting the metalcore scene three years ago, Nottingham five-piece Wolves Don’t Sleep have offered an alternative take on the genre, balancing hulking tones, colossal riffs and immense drum beats with compelling vocals, powerful lyrics, and an uncompromising stance.
Having received plaudits for live sets that are both explosive and emotional, as well as their 2016 debut EP, the band will very soon be bringing out an eagerly-anticipated new single, entitled ‘Hope Won’t Set You Free’.
To tell me about that, and other things, was the quintet’s frontman, Stephen “Steev” Bond.
How did the band form?
I had just left a hair metal band (let’s never discuss that), because I was sick of everything to do with it, also, I was going through a tough time personally, and I felt that getting back into heavier music would be the best step for me creatively and emotionally.
I got hold of Chayce and Connor, explained to them the plan I had to form a band and what I planned to achieve, and we set to work writing what would become the first EP, ‘The Monster You Are’.
How did the name Wolves Don’t Sleep come about?
The name came from the phrase “Wolves don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep“, as it basically lays out our whole attitude in regards to everything that we do as a band, and how we will not compromise who we are.
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
Sometimes, one of us will have a full track written, which we will then work on and tweak any bits as necessary, other times, we’ll just have a riff and build a song from there, bouncing off each other and crafting the track.
What inspires the band lyrically?
A lot of the lyrics come from my own personal experiences and feelings at the time the tracks are written, and I try to match the lyrical tone and feel to the track, also, I will constantly re-write and scrap lyrics to keep up with where I am as a person.
You first came onto the scene in 2015, however, early on, there seemed to be almost a revolving door of personnel. I can imagine that time was rather frustrating.
Honestly, it just sucked, and sometimes, it did feel like we were never going to get anywhere, but luckily, we managed to find the right people, and massive props to our mate Arron for filling in on bass before Dan Bingley joined.
Next month, the band will be bringing out a new single, entitled ‘Hope Won’t Set You Free’. How has the recording process for that been?
It was a massive learning process for us, especially working with Steven Jones (who has also worked with bands such as Bleed From Within and From Sorrow To Serenity).
And how will the upcoming release differ from your debut EP?
It will be heavier, tighter, and a lot more technical.
How is the experience, for the band, performing live?
It’s a really intense physical experience for us all, it feels completely right, and for me personally, it is super cathartic.
New single aside, what have you got planned for the near future?
In September, we’ll be playing at Macmillan Fest in Nottingham, alongside such sick bands as Black Peaks, Asteroid Boys, and Loathe, as well as finishing off what will be our second EP.
And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?
We would like to start playing more shows outside of Nottingham.
‘HOPE WON’T SET YOU FREE’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM WOLVES DON’T SLEEP, WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 3.
FURTHER INFO ON THIS AND THE BAND CAN BE FOUND HERE.