Pack of Wolves are a really good hardcoreband which I got two vinyls from and they were both marvellous I think. . This interview took its place in February 2015


Please tell me a little bit history of the group?

-We started in 2006 as a side project from my band At All Cost. I was looking to do something heavier.
 

Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone? Have you been in any other punkbands before?

-We have had a rotating cast of members since our inception. Each member has been guilty of smelling bad, drinking too much or being an asshole at different times. We've all been in bands before. Some punk and some metal.
 

I can hear much old hc? And some old death metal? Am I right? Favorites from the past? 

-We have transitioned from metal with hardcore elements into more of a death metal sound over the years. Our intent is to make each release carry more weight than the last. Once we started to get serious (after the release of the first record) we started focusing in on our "style" and where we wanted to go with it. Cannibal Corpse, Entombed, Bathory, Pantera are all in the melting pot of our sound now.


Pack of wolves are you satisfied with the name? How did it came up?? Which is the best bandname you know

-I think the name is funny. At the time when we named the band, everyone was naming their band something wolf or wolf something or something of the wolf, its all pretty redundant. I guess if we knew we were going to be taken seriously by anyone, we might have gone with our original band name, Sex Brothers, which is the best bandname I know.


Whats the best thing with playing live?

-Seeing people banging their heads or singing along is the best thing. I also appreciate when people laugh at my terrible humor instead of saying "Fuck you, play another song."


And where is best to play? And the worst place?

-I think we've been lucky to grow as a band in Texas. Texas loves their metal and are very supportive.

Our best worst show ever was a small town in Louisiana but that was our fault for taking our anger out on our livers before the show. That night was legendary and terrible and we're all lucky to be alive. Three cheers for touring!
 

How is to play this sort of music in USA right now?

-Its pretty good if you accept that you're never going to make a living off of your music. Metal bands are a dime a dozen, so I'd say only the top 3% have money to burn in a fireplace.


How would you describe your music in three words? 

-Heavy metal vomit

 

What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle? 

-Punk is in your heart. It is making your own way the best way you know how. It goes way beyond music.


How do you see on downloading, mp3 and that stuff? 

-For a band our size, I think it only helps to get our music out there. If someone likes your band, hopefully they're good enough to come to your show and buy the physical record and a shirt.
 

How is it to live in USA now? Politically? 

-Right now is an interesting time to be in the USA. I feel lucky to be able to have bands and tour when I want to but then again the government isn't about to make money available to us to play what we play. I think Sweden is great to even allow that for new bands.


Is there any good bands from USA now? Is the punkscene big? How is it in your hometown?

-There are a handful of good bands around here. The punkscene is pretty good in Austin, Tx (our hometown.) The Krum bums are my favorite punk band from Texas and they have been helping keep the scene healthy in Austin for a while now.


What do you know about Sweden?

-Its cold and great metal is birthed there.


Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?

-GRAVE, Entombed, At the Gates are all great.
 

Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you?

-I write our lyrics. I am influenced by the inevitability of our species to fuck things up. 
 

Is there any subject that you never will write anything about?

-Cooking
 

Politic and music, does it goes hand in hand?

-They play off of each other.
 

Best political band/artist?

-Of Swedish bands I liked Refused / International Noise Conspiracy.
 

Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) can change anyones life, I mean people who listens to music?

-I think music can change everyone's life. If you haven't had that connection to music, we probably don't want to talk to you.
 

Havent you released anything on CD? Why or why not??

-No CDs. We were lucky to work with Arclight Records who put out great vinyl. Our resources went into promoting that instead of CDs. We made a few CDs with the first record but didn't feel like doing it again.
 

Is it important to get out physical records of your stuff? Why or why not? Good record label?

-It is important because the physical record allows a direct connection with a band either live or by supporting them by buying it at a store. A good record label that believes in the band also helps because they get your name out there on a national / international level. 
 

Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during your career and under some gig?

-We've been lucky to have very funny guys in the band. We mostly crack jokes all day in the van. Beside the show.....its all pretty funny. The situations you find yourself in. Laughter is important in life.
 

How does your audience look like? Which people do you miss on your concerts?

-Metalheads or fans of punk / metal music. We don't have teeny boppers or cowboys at our shows.....even in Texas.
 

Please rank your five favoriterecords, five favoriteconcerts and five most important things in life?

-Wow. That is a serious question. I was not prepared to get so heavy today. Maybe I can tackle the last question.

1 Water

2 Food

3 Shelter

4 Warmth

5 Music

 

Is it boring with interviews? IS it much interviews??

-Sometimes. I haven't done an interview in a while.

If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together with your band. Which five have you been chosed?

-Pantera

The Ramones

Johnny Cash

Queen

Black Sabbath
 

Is punk a good way to get out frustration and become a nice person outside the punkmusic??

-Music is an excellent outlet. It has kept me out of trouble on may occasions. I don't know what I would do without being able to make music. Nice person?.....It depends if you're an asshole or not.
 

Which is the most odd question you ever have got in an interview?

-Someone once asked all their interview questions about Wolves and the nature of Wolves.
 

Which is the question you want to have but you never get. Please ask it and answer it?

-When did you REALLY start listening to music? I was 19 when music finally became truly important to me. Before that I was being fed music by those around me. At 19 I really started a musical journey to get outside of everything I had been listening to before. 
 

Futureplans for the band?

-We tend to playing in spurts now and again when we get asked to. We really need to get over to Sweden / Scandinavia soon, it would be our first time! The band is as good as ever but we don't play as much as we used to. I would like to release another record of our newer stuff too. I think the material is good and I want people to have it.
 

For yourself?

-Hopefully getting better than I was yesterday.
 

Wisdomword?

-Shut up and really listen for once.
 

Something to add?

-Thanks for the questions Peter. Keep on Skrutting. 

Cheers,

-Trey