Barrow-In-Furness. It’s hailed as one of the most beautiful areas of the country, masses of mountains, and a scenic route that takes you what seems like miles away from the everyday rush of society. However, what does this do for a music scene? What gems are possibly hidden miles away from the nearest major touring city and town?
One word, Wolfpeake. A blistering, beautifully chaotic sound that’s been echoing across the North. “Probably the same as your average rural music scene.” Laughs drummer, Arron Twinney. “There’s a whole bunch of covers and function bands that get a great reception at the weekend, but there’s a dwindling amount of bands producing original music.”
“Music fans in rural areas get it really bad.”
Rewind back to over 10 years ago, and the very room that is now Wolfpeake’s rehearsal space saw an intimate show with Enter Shikari. A show that was not only noted for showing the band’s support for DIY and grassroots music venues but also a show in which Rou Reynolds claimed, ‘he never wanted to return after having his shoe nicked.’
“There are promoters in the town trying their hardest to get people out to shows and bring some bands with recognition, but after a while, you end up playing too many shows in the same venues with smaller numbers. Playing shows elsewhere is the only way to grow. You just have to take that leap.” Pushing themselves out of a town of shoe thieves and minimal exposure, Wolfpeake are a band to be given credit for their huge, and ear twitching radio anthems, but their determination to get their music out to the masses. “It’s a real shame when bands tour the UK and hit the same four cities with four dates, or when a band breaks the barrier and embarks on a huge national UK tour but miss off some of the larger towns away from the cities.” Continues Arron. “Music fans in rural areas get it really bad. Hell, Manchester’s our “local” spot for AAA shows, and that’s over two and a half hour’s drive away from us!”
However, these more scenic coastal areas have become a backdrop for many an epic music video, and like all bands, Wolfpeake are proud of where they’re from, you could even say a product of their environment. “If you’re looking for beauty in Cumbria, you’d probably do better the further away from the coast you are compared to us by the sea haha. We’d be a very different band if we took our surrounds into a stronger account. If we let our environment define us, we’d probably be an industrial metal band playing covers of pop songs. We let our personal experiences define us instead.”
Having started to cement their place in the Northern music scene, Wolfpeake are also very firm in their belief that all new music should be supported, regardless of genre, location, and the like. “It’s incredibly important (to support new music).” Reflects Arron. “I see so many people these days complaining about the stagnancy of current music and the inability to find something to listen to that isn’t being done over and over in the charts. If they actually opened their ears to what’s going on, they’d realise there’s more to it than waiting for the radio or music video channels to tell you who the “new” band around is.”
A truth a lot of the industry is still yet to realise, that radio play is becoming obismal, now replaced with the streaming sites such as Spotify, and the commentary transferred onto the digital waves of podcasts. Music channels are losing viewers, all the while staying up till 2am flicking through an endless amount of video content on Facebook has become the norm. So is this an advantage for a band that would still be buried amongst the peaks otherwise? “Give us a quick whirl on Spotify, the internet is your friend You’ll figure out very quickly whether you like us or not.(Laughs).”
So if you’re wanting to return to the nostalgia of a rock band you can, “be brave enough to dance to,” or are in search of an epic anthem and stadium sized choruses to play on full blast, this is THE band for you.