LOUDER PRESENTS: Mixtape Medley with The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name
Welcome to the first edition of Mixtape Medley, where we give you a window into the playlists, CD collections, and vinyl boxes of your favourite up-and-coming bands. This edition features grunge rockers The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name.
All the tracks featured below have been combined into a handy playlist - check it out here:
Which song reminds you most of your childhood?
Matty - 'Everything In It’s Right Place' by Radiohead. It doesn’t remind of anything content-wise, it just reminds me of silly things like when I started smoking when I was 14 with my best mate and stupid stuff like that. I wasn’t really into music until I was about 11 when I first heard Oasis, then it went a little strange with Guns n Roses, but I wasn’t at a time in my life where I understood music yet (as pretentious as that sounds, I know what I mean!).
Sam - I don’t really know, I’ve always enjoyed music as long as I can remember, and it just seems to change with me. Every now and again (usually after a few drinks) I end up scouring YouTube for really obscure old emo music and get far too into it.
Harry - Roses are red, violets are blue, Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2!
It’s a bit of cliché, but when I think of the crossover between music and my childhood, the soundtrack to those games instantly springs to mind. I’d always been big into music anyway and subconsciously got my love of 80s music from my parents, but the eclectic mix of punk/rock/hip hop on those game soundtracks really got me excited.
Which song, band or album inspired you to want to make music?
Matty- Oasis definitely made me want a guitar but I was more interested in being a session musician when I was younger. I was actually, technique-wise, a lot better than I am now! But I was really interested in Van Halen and Pantera - you know, as difficult as it gets in the western modern music world. That whole NME world sucked me out of that with stuff like Nirvana and Joy Division, but I was still just a guitar player really for many years. Things clicked for me as a songwriter about 3 or 4 years ago. As ridiculous as it is, I had a break up with this girl and I became very isolated and lonely and segued into drugs. Then an album called 'Fantastic Planet' by a band called Failure really resonated with me, and I just found myself inspired by it and I figured out what writing a song was about really like. I think any good music has to resonate with some painful place. But that’s where it started for me.
Sam - Mainly Green Day, I reckon. The one absolute constant throughout my music taste as I’ve grown up. In terms of wanting to start writing it was definitely them who kicked it off for me. 'Jesus of Suburbia' is probably the song, what an absolute piece of undiluted art.
Harry - When I first picked up an instrument in high school, the desire to write music and be involved in bands followed instantly. I think at that time, I was big into skateboarding and pop punk was my go to, watching bands like Blink and Sum 41 playing power chords and having a laugh was mega appealing.
Have you changed how you think about any songs as you’ve gotten older?
Matty - Of my own, definitely, I’m proud of most of the songs I’ve written but I’m a human I have made mistakes with some of them.
Sam - I’ve started looking at music differently, stopped looking so much for catchiness and adrenaline and started looking for songs that just really hit you for some reason you can’t quite explain, regardless of the band or style.
Harry - I’d say my biggest change of perspective is towards electronic music, which used to seem so insincere. Although I absolutely love playing the more raw and emotional music that we do, my appreciation for for the craft of electronic music continues to grow.
What is the best song to listen to late at night?
Matty - At the moment, 'Sedative' by Babyshambles: man that’s got one catchy chorus! Alice In Chains and Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged comes out a lot though at night.
Sam - Anything by Fionn Regan. If I’m out walking late at night, it just really makes you feel like you’re somewhere else completely. To name one song, right now, I’ve got to say 'Collar of Fur'.
Harry - At the moment I’m really digging Baxter Dury’s new album ‘The Night Chancers’. Super chilled out arrangements with clever spoken vocals.
Someone hands you the aux cord at a party – which song would you choose to get everybody up and dancing?
Matty - I don’t give a fuck if people dance, but 'Let’s Go Fucking Mental' by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, I usually start with that before a drink.
Sam - While it upsets Matty, I am a big fan of ska-punk, so there’s definitely a lot of options there. Let’s say 'Kicking Pigeons' by [Spunge].
Harry - I also can’t get enough of Idles at the moment, they’ve hit me like a band hasn’t done for ages. I think ‘Never Fight A Man With A Perm’ would be going on for sure, I love to see people’s reactions when they first hear Idles.
If I’ve had a few more cocktails though, it’s probably gonna be some Depeche Mode or Duran Duran to the party going.
What is your go-to song that inspires you to get writing your own material?
Matty - 'Another Space Song' by Failure, that or 'Live Forever' by Oasis are my favourite songs ever, so I’ll go with them.
Sam - It varies depending on what we’re doing at the time. 'Call to Arms' by Angels & Airwaves is a good all rounder, that song inspires me to do anything.
Harry - There’s no one song for me, I try and listen to so much stuff and see what my brain latches on to really. Sometimes a particular tune or part just hits you in the right way and you want to try and recreate that impact.
What song do you wish you had written?
Matty - 'Open The Box' by The Fall
Sam - 'Animals' - Tom DeLonge
Harry - 'Friday I’m in Love' - The Cure
As you are a three-piece, if you could add in a second guitarist from any other band, who would you choose and why?
Matty - Troy Van Leeuwen from Queens Of The Stone Age, he was in Failure but I’ve been listening to a lot of Queens recently and his playing is extraterrestrial with them.
Sam - The sarcastic bastard in me wants to say El Hefe from NOFX... but I’ll be good and say Matt Kennedy from The Dangerous Summer!
Harry - Pat Smear, how mad would that be! Get him doing the big chunky stuff when the the choruses hit.
If you could add one cover song into your live set, what would it be? Matty - We discussed doing 'Atmosphere' by Joy Division for a while (which is very strange as I’m answering this on the 40-year anniversary of his death) or 'Bad Day' by REM, I think The Wolf Howls would be good at that.
Sam - I think it would be really good to do something by Placebo; ‘Blind’ or ‘Follow The Cops Back Home’ or something... I think we discussed doing a studio cover of Blue October once too, that’d be cool.
Harry - I’ve been pushing the idea of a Spice Girls cover for months...
If you had to choose one song to be the soundtrack to a movie about your life, what would it be?
Matty - 'Nutshell' by Alice In Chains, moves me a lot that song does.
Sam - Angels and Airwaves' 'Diary'... it’s not often a 7:45 minute long, near instrumental song can get me like that.
Harry - 'Sproston Green' by The Charlatans
Which is the song you are most proud of writing?
Matty - 'Alive & All So Well' is the one I show people first, but the first one I did (Sam played on it but being a band hadn’t been discussed), 'The Slowburn/The Outcome' is the most touching song I’ve ever done I think.
Harry - Matty does the writing, but the song that moves me most when we play is 'The Slow Burn'.
Sam - Really, Matty writes the songs and me and Harry kind of shape them instrumentally. But in terms of the ones where we’ve started putting them together and it’s just hit me in a way that felt really special, I think 'Lovely Shiny Teardrop' tops that list!
And, with a new single on the way and new music already in the works, there are sure to be many more special tracks to come for The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name!
Their latest EP, 'Where Flies Will Reign', is out now as a self-release.
Stream it here.
Check out the video for their latest single, 'Bottomless Pit', below: