Thrash Hits verdict: Employing the Death From Above 1979 template of doing away with guitars, North Wales two-piece, Beard of Wolves produce dirty rock ‘n’ roll propelled by pounding drums and fuzzy bass lines. They also share a similar penchant for combining the bizarre with pop sensibilities as fellow Welsh men Future of the Left and McClusky before them.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
How did you meet?
Through skating and drinking cider in parks from a young age.
What made you want to start a band?
Both our previous bands had just split up and we are both fans of heavier music, so we just bashed it out and here we are. That and the babes. We love the rock babes.
Where did the name come from?
It was suggested by a friend as a joke, but we didn’t think it was funny, we thought it was the coolest fucking name ever. And it is.
What are your musical influences?
It varies between us both, but we are influenced by bands like QOTSA, DZ Deathrays, Future of the left, Metronomy, Pulled Apart By Horses and The Bloody Beetroots. Something thats loud and filthy always works well.
Why no guitars?
Because neither of us can play guitar. And guitars are for girls. And sometimes boys. But mainly girls.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
We signed a single deal with TOO PURE records in January. That was like a dream come true. And playing along side really cool bands like DZ Deathrays, HorseFight and Baby Godzilla. Those guys work hard and play HARDER.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Hands down Queens of the Stone Age. Coolest fucking band ever. Every god damn day.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Some excellent music is being formed in North Wales these days, we are privileged to be apart of such an incredible movement. Notable bands to check out are Doppleganger, Falls, The Bluebottle Veins, Obelisks, Mother Of Six, We Are Animal and Maters in France.
What is the most metal thing you’ve done?
We’re not that crazy really, although I did kick my drum kit off the stage into the crowd at a gig in Liverpool in a thunderous hulk like rage once. It felt good. The crowd looked light frightened rabbits. That also felt good.
Why should everyone listen to Beard of Wolves?
Because your parents won’t like us, which makes us INSTANTLY cool. Plus it’s good music to fuck to. Sexy music for sexy people.
Tell us a joke.
Why did the monkey fall out of the tree?
Because he was dead.
Beard Of Wolves released a self-titled EP in March 2013 and have started on their debut album, which is being produced by Tom Bellamy of The Cooper Temple Clause fame. Remember them? Apparently, “Its going to be RAD, totally ghostbusters.” Sure, guys.