With their matching pastel blue outfits and cheerful demeanour, it’s clear from the start that Wolf Culture are here to bring something a bit different to the pop punk scene, and with the release of their debut EP, The Devil’s Plans For Idle Hands, they’re finally starting to get some much deserved attention outside of their hometown of Bournemouth. We were tempted to write “sleepy hometown” but when we caught up with lead vocalist and guitarist Max Dervan recently, Discovered were pleasantly surprised to learn the seaside town isn’t so sleepy after all. “There’s a LOT of old folks,” he admitted. But, “it’s full of awesome bands with a severe amount of talent. There’s a lot of really lovely people, the venues are cool, and the promoters are sound too.”
“I don’t like giving too much away because a song can mean a billion different things to each individual person and why spoil the mystery, you know?”
That being said, they haven’t found it too hard to get gigs, although the band have still travelled further afield to widen their fanbase and spread the good word about their music. “We’ve been touring for like 2 years now without having released anything but a cover on YouTube….We’ve been all over the UK and we’ve gained the kindest fan base we could have imagined.”
The band started back in 2015 after “Jay (guitar) and Jake (drums) left their previous band to start a project that they could call their own” and the EP has been in the works for the last two years. “It’s actually been recorded for a while now so, as you would expect, we’re incredibly happy and eager for everyone to finally hear it.”
“Each song has its own scenario and atmosphere to it (or at least that’s the idea),” Max tells us, describing how the band were keen for “each of the tracks on the EP to sound different from one another. It’s mixed and all over the place which we’re happy with because playing the same style over and over is boring for anyone. We wanted to just record what naturally came out for each song so that’s what you’ll be hearing on the EP. “Wreck” describes a bittersweet relationship scenario, “Continents” is about helplessness and the other tracks you’ll have to see for yourselves. I don’t like giving too much away because a song can mean a billion different things to each individual person and why spoil the mystery, you know?”
“At the end of the day, we just want all the best music we make to be available to anyone and everyone. That’s why we do what we do…”
Indeed. Just go and listen to the record, right? It’s a pretty good one too, so we’d recommend it. The lyrics, Max explains, “are there to describe and capture different situations I found myself in during my mid-teens. I write songs to remember how I felt about something otherwise it’s easy to forget. Anything, that makes me feel something, gets a song after a while.”
And as for those pastel coloured shirts we see in the video to ‘Wreck’ and in the band’s subsequent photo shoots, Max isn’t yet sure whether they’re here to stay or not. “We wanted to fit the aesthetic to the moods described by the tracks on the EP. In my eyes, half of the tracks on the EP are colder and dark – blue. The other half of the tracks, “Wreck” and “The Side Effects of Being Happy,” I see as pink because it’s a warmer colour and they’re more upbeat songs. I’m not sure why I tie colours to music but it’s what I visualize. Whether it’s the WC aesthetic, I couldn’t say at this moment in time.”
Having already played with the likes of Trophy Eyes and Like Pacific, the band clearly not doing too badly so far, but these boys are aiming big, as big as “fidget spinners” apparently: “One Wolf Culture CD in every house!…we’d [also] love to do something with the likes of Roam or In Her Own Words…there are too many awesome bands out there. At the end of the day, we just want all the best music we make to be available to anyone and everyone. That’s why we do what we do.” We’re pretty sure these guys have got more staying power than fidget spinners too!
WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON
[Wolf Culture are touring the UK in May in support of the EP release so look out for them].