Circus Wolves 20/11/20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and who’s your biggest influences
We formed while at the University at Leeds in 2013. Originally consisting of band members
Guy on vocals and Cameron on drums, the band moved through a number of different players in the
early days, performing as the outfit, ‘Plastic Rabbits’. Jack joined Plastic Rabbits on guitar in 2013 and
the group performed throughout the Leeds university scene with varying success. After some further internal changes, Jim took up guitar duties alongside Jack in 2014 and the band began to work on their new sound.
Post-university, the band returned to their hometown of Manchester and began working on their
presence within the vibrant Manchester music scene where they remain to this day. After working
with several different bass players, Ben joined the band in 2019 to complete the current outfit and
complete the sound for the latest EP offering.
We’re a Manchester band through and through. The Manchester scene has a well-deserved reputation as home to some of the best acts going. The music scene is just as amazing as it always has been. There are so many great artists basing themselves within the city. You’re really spoilt for choice! Bands like Kashmere, Ist Ist and Saytr Play are definitely ones to watch!
In terms of some bigger names out there, Radiohead are a huge influence on our style for most of us. The Stone Roses also really hit home with us all.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
We always push to write our music together and get that energy into every track. In terms of inspiration, we would certainly draw from loads of different music, but also from the current scene within Manchester and the north. The culture in the north is pretty fascinating when you look into it and there are some amazing stories that can inspire a lot of music. The current lockdown and how it’s hurting so may in the north is certainly influencing the writing process at the moment. We have loads of interesting ideas in the pipeline, but these ideas will really take off when we can all get together and write as a group again. That’s where the it really comes together and everyone’s attitudes embed in the tunes.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song?
That’s a really interesting question and one that’s really difficult to answer. We all have really different tastes in music. That’s one of the best things about our style when it comes to writing because we all bring really interesting ideas to the table. We actually argue about our “Desert Island Disks” quite a lot!
I think you could definitely throw some Radiohead in there, as well as some Stone Roses and you could even add a little bit of Bon Iver in their for good measure! Don’t get me started though, we would be here for hours!
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
Unfortunately not a lot thanks to lockdowns and COVID19! We are hoping to get more out of 2021 though and really push our latest ep on the UK love scene. When everyone is allowed to go to gigs again, it’ll be a really exciting time for the UK music scene!
MM: What can we expect from Circus Wolves live
We’ve worked really hard to get our live shows bang on. It’s what we love the most about being in a band. We put tonnes of energy into our shows and make sure that our audience really get involved and get into the vibe. It’s always the best time.
MM: What do you like best and worst abt touring
The best thing about touring has got to be the fact that the scene doesn’t stop after you’ve finished a gig. By the time you’re finished with one show, you’re already excited for the next one. That’s a great feeling!
The worst has to be the waiting around. You can be sat waiting for things to happen for big chunks at a time and that can get boring.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Ist Ist because the musical style is absolutely massive for us at the moment, followed by The Smiths with David Bowie headlining the bill.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
It would have to be a split between the Stones Roses at the Etihad in 2017 and the Rolling Stones at Old Trafford in 2018. They were just unbelievable shows. It’s always a bit of a risk seeing your musical idles play, but both of these were just off the chart good and really lived up to their name.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
Our latest EP, “This Is Something You Can’t Replace”, it’s our biggest achievement as a band forever.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
This is far too big a deal to answer quickly. I think we would definitely agree that Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ is up there. The writing on that album never ceases to amaze me.
I think The Smiths ‘Meat is Murder; would be another strong contender. I can guarantee you though that these choices will bring up a lot of debate in camp wolf!
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
The first time we played together was a massive moment. We’d been practicing and writing for months, so it was great to finally get to play a show. Our fist booking was in Liverpool. It was a tense moment, but once we got into it, everything just clicked and the energy started to flow. Then it just took off and the excitement started to show in us all. We pushed it so hard on that gig because it was just amazing to let all our energy out. It certainly set the precedent for our future gigs.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Growing up, I was an absolute sucker for the classic rock scene so my wall was filled with posters of the greats like Zeppelin, Hendrix and Sabbath. I had a poster for each Zeppelin album and had them all put up in the right order!
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
We would have to say David Bowie. His music and style has influenced so many musicians in one way or another and his attitude to music and life in general is one that everyone could look into and take something positive away from.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
At the moment, the most important thing for us is spreading the word about our latest EP. It’s the best thing we’ve ever put out and the repose from people has been amazing. We’re really proud of it.
Other than that, we are really starting to pull together when it comes to writing new stuff. Not being able to get together and play live at the moment is a little bit heart breaking, so we’re keeping ourselves busy by working on plenty of new sounds behind the scenes.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
We used to cover Joy Division’s ‘Transmission’ and that used to go down really well. It’s just a massive Manchester attitude track. Everyone loves it.
Other than that, we don’t have a tendency to add covers in to our setlist. I think it would be cool to add in a pretty unusual cover and make it our own. Like an old Atlanta records track or something though.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
Circus Wolves are an adrenaline shot of brooding Manchester-made altrock. Emotive and frenetic, their post-punk sound is the soundtrack to love, loss and alternate realities, where northern heritage meets modernity.
We want everyone to come to our gigs and just let go. There’s hard times out there and that’s tricky to just forget about. So instead of trying to forget, we want people to come to our shows and just let it all out. Come have the best time and for a brief period of time, don’t worry about the next day!
Four Words to describe Circus Wolves
Brooding, Post-punk, melodic, frenetic,