Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bulletwolf Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with the band these days?
-Right now we are getting ready to record with Iron Bob Fouts at Basement Rage Studio (Indianapolis) again,
and enjoying an awesome summer with some good friends and cold drinks.

We aren't playing too many shows currently, just because we tend to play on our home field a lot, no need to overdo it.
Bands need to space it out and give people a reason to see you when they can, or tour constantly, and we just can't do that right now.
Plus, a lot of awesome shows happen around here, so there is always something to go see.
2. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
-gotta give the short answer on that one...
The Bulletwolf is a mutant type comic hero.
His body was mangled in an explosion and he ended up spliced with a wolf head and has a cannon in his chest.
Dude is also built like an 80's He-Man toy so all kinds of ass gets itself kicked as he fights for the good of mankind.
The cartoon/comic was never even drawn, just a little thought in my head ten years ago that later became our band name.
I hope to see what he looks like one day.
3. How would you describe your musical sound?
-Loud, low & lewd. The riff reigns supreme, or you ain't got shit.
4. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
-Mostly about drinking, partying, women and just having a good time overall.
I like to think of it as blurry, half-written pages from some maniacal party animal's journal that gets beligerent everywhere he goes.

You have to either: write what you know, or what you are passionate about.
For some bands it politics, or wizards, or loving your scene, or family, or what have you.
For us, it's about enjoying the moment and not caring what somebody elso thinks of it and at the same time keeping it fun.
We'll stretch it out sometimes, with the new recording, there is a song called "Quest for Fire" and all the lyrics will be inspired by that film.
The same idea behind "Dead in the Water" from our '07 demo. That tune was all about 'The Big Lebowski.'
We also got permission from George the Painter (who writes for The Horse Magazine among doing other amazing things)
to use some of his spot-on, immaculate words in a motorcycle inspired song called "Right On (Ride On)."
Our guitarist rides, and the rest of us just fantasize about it.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
-We played a completely awesome set in Pittsburgh, PA at The Smiling Moose last summer, everything was just perfect that night.
We had a crappy, long, hot drive there from Cleveland and ate some terrible pizza in our friends van.
So the only thing to make you feel good is knowing that you get to be on a stage later that night.
The show had a great bill (Forged in Flame from Ohio and Vulture from Pittsburgh) and the sound was just stellar. We got to do our songs in front of first-time listeners of the band.
When you hit everything right for people that have never heard you before, it's just about the best thing to get out of being in a band.
-Our cd release show in November 2008 was pretty great too.
It was at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis (with our indy brothers Aposlte of Solitude and Tunguska and a great band from Ohio called Wrecked), which is just about the best place to be anyway, and we played 'Double Shots of Rock and Roll' in it's entirety. I really like it when bands do that!
Every show at the Melody Inn is pretty great. The place has a perfect mood about it.
-Recently we played at an all-ages DIY place called The Dojo, a glorious little hole in the wall run by great people for all the right reasons. One of those nights when everything just feels right. That was another night with Aposlte and some bad asses called Deadmen.

We give it our all whenever we get play.
1, 2, 3, 4, ROCK!
6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
We'd like to get out a lot more. Kinda like we did in '08 & '09, it just gets hard with home responsibilities and work and vacation days and stuff.
Hopefuly we can get some weekend dates together soon and get back out there.
7. How has your music been recieved so far by stoner/doom metal fans worldwide?
Seems pretty good so far! People are buying it all over the place, we never thought we'd have listeners outside the states.
I think it helps that we don't hold anything back. We're a love it or hate it band.
Cussing and in-your-face riffs are what we like to do, some have really gotten into it.
8. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
As long as we keep getting more comfortable with each other and zoned in on what we wanna do, everything will be great.
Some of the new stuff is way more rock oriented than metal. We still keep it heavy but we are having lots of fun getting more of our influences into our songs.
One day, we'll get our drummer's dad to play pedal steel on a song.
9. Are there any side projects besides this band, if so who are they and what kind of music do they play?
TJ (guitar) and myself (bass) have a grindcore band that practiced one time, total commitment there!
Don (drums) is playing in a pretty serious 80's metal cover band with some local heavy hitters.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and what are you lstening to nowadays?
Basically, we rip off every style we like and hope we mix it up enough to make it sound like we meant to do it.
That mostly comes from: rock, metal, doom and stoner.
We do listen to classic rock, pop, fusion and rap a lot too.

On the regular, we get into Deep Purple, Orange Goblin, ZZ Top, Van Halen, Slayer, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Death, Cathedral, AVAIL, Sleep, Frank Zappa, Witchcraft, Fu Manchu, CCR, High on Fire, Goatsnake, Led Zeppelin, KYUSS, The Jesus Lizard, Helmet, QOTSA, Bad Brains, DEVO, The Doors, Kiss, Church of Misery, i could go onand on.
Hell, there is a Billy Joel lyric in one of our songs and nobody has called me out on it yet!

11. What are some of your interests outside of music?
The usual stuff: motorcycles, fireworks, chicks, football, grilling out, recycling, video games, ninjas, boobs & explosions

12. Any final words or thoughts?

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