Manchester rock band Circus Wolves filled out a quick Q&A for us!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?
My first impression of them was good to be fair. A great bunch of chaps. However, when I first applied to join the group, I really didn’t put much effort in and ended up dropping out of the auditions. My bad really because I was just being super lazy and didn’t pick up that this was going to be a good thing. I also hated the original name! It kind of worked out really well though because Jack, our other guitar player ended up taking up the mantle at that time. Then the opportunity came to apply for another guitar position and I took the chance more seriously that time – hence joining the rest of them!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS?
Just the raw energy of being on stage giving it everything you’ve got and watching the audience respond in kind. There is no greater feeling in the world than watching everyone you know dance wildly to music that you have created. We miss those times so much and can’t wait to get back onto the live scene once Covid is out of the way.
WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?
For me, it would be either David Bowie or Pink Floyd. Both for very different reasons. I absolutely love how Bowie was able to adapt and change his style so often and I feel it would be such a learning curve to have a chat with someone so inspirational. I probably wouldn’t get anything done for the music though…
For Floyd, I would just adore the learn that guitar and writing style. I think Gilmour’s guitar playing is the best style out there and I would love to pick up some tips. Again, I don’t think I’d be contributing top much to the project, but I would have the best time! haha.
WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?
“Pulling Teeth” from our latest ep. The original riff was had grown into a completely different style of track than what is the finished thing. It wasn’t really going in the direction I wanted it to and, like a lot of the tunes we make, was heading for the bin. Thankfully, we worked hard to grow the tune into a more mature sound and it’s something I’m really proud of. We also put loads of time into getting the sounds right on this one during the recording process and I’m very proud that we did because from a production perspective, it came out pretty magnificent in my opinion.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?
Petrol? Haha. I’m a sucker for coffee, so if there is an opportunity to grab one in a petrol station, I’d probably got for that.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
We take a lot of draw from the Manchester scene and the city in general. We all either work or live in the city and you can feel a lot of the influences from the life Manchester. We all tend to Sonder around the city and pick up the feeling of the people we meet. That pulls a lot of influence on the tracks we write.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Don’t worry about not getting there and just enjoy making music with your friends. If you try to force the tunes, you’ll either get frustrated because the writing is poor or you’ll just end up copying others. If you just relax and play with ideas, you can end up creating some awesome stuff. 🙂
This is why we always write together. Simply because we’re able to bounce ideas of and just have a great time. That’s where the decent tunes come from.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR?
Because of Covid-19, our plans to tour for our latest ep have pretty much been on the back-burner, so hopefully we’ll be able to get back into the gigging scene soon and rethink those plans. We have been writing and experimenting a lot with sounds because of all the time we’ve had not being able to practice/gig. We don’t have a complete ep yet because we tend to complete the songs together, but the crazy ideas that we all have will make for some ace tunes in the future so that will be really exciting so see come into fruition.