It’s been months since anyone can really say life has been “normal.” Routines have been altered. Many people who were once traveling to the office to work are now either working remotely or not at all. Summer festivals are being canceled. School buildings are being closed and learning is being done remotely in some areas. And, who knew that we’d be seeing an assortment of patterns and colors on face masks as people walk through public places? Although, no matter what curveballs life may throw our way – whether it be a war, pandemic, or some other fucked-up thing (because why not?), one thing always remains constant:
Music: The universal language.
You see, the beautiful thing about music is that there’s something out there for everyone; and since there’s something out there for everyone, there’s also something out there that everyone can relate to or find some type of solace in. In times like these, isn’t relatability what we need the most? So when Florida’s We’re Wolves decided to cover Drowning Pool’s 2001 hit Bodies, vocalist AJ Diaferio comprised footage of the panic shopping that resulted from the Coronavirus pandemic and pieced it together for the music video. The end goal is to show viewers that greed is not the answer. I had the opportunity to chat a bit with AJ:
JR: Tell us about the birth of the band and how you landed on the name We’re Wolves.
AD: Well the band started the end of 2015. It was actually just suppose to be a random project that even I wasn’t a part of. I heard the music Jeremy and our friend were creating, and I instantly connected to it and knew I had to be part of it somehow. Those early songs later became tracks on our EP “The Hunger”. This was almost the band that never happened, but being the tunnel-visioned psychopath that I am, I pushed my friends to turn this into what it is today. I had thought of the name a long time ago, which never really fit with any of the previous bands. When we heard the sound we were creating I knew this was the perfect name. The name itself is representative of my love for horror, comics, comedy, and heavy music. It just seemed appropriate for us and our personalities.
JR: There’s a lot of great music that comes out of the WPB area. With that being said, did you guys always know you were going to be on the music circuit or is this just something you kinda fell into?
AD: We’ve cut our teeth in many bands. There was something special about the sound, the early songs, the video treatments, and covers. We knew we had something special, and we knew we needed to take this as far as humanly possible. Just going off our intuitions really.
JR: To say the Coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we know it is a massive understatement. I feel like depending on where you’re looking, it’s brought out the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s obviously affected all of us in some way, but how has it affected you all?
AD: In a weird way…. this hasn’t yet affected us, it’s actually given us the perfect opportunity to play catch up. We’ve had a lot of hiccups this past year – minor setbacks. We spent a year working on a new album, and we’re trying to shop management and labels. We’ve had a lineup change in the middle of recording the album, and just a series of other complications. This “pause” on the industry is, in a way… helping us. We’re finalizing the new crop of songs, videos, and covers. Training new members, and shopping for support … honestly, personal lives aside, things have never been better for us.
JR: Let me just say that Bodies kicks some major ass. I honestly don’t think I’ve listened to Drowning Pool since … my Senior year of high school. lol. You guys killed it. What made you choose this particular track?
AD: We appreciate the kind words greatly! Honestly it’s been something we’ve been messing around with at practice for fun. When we finished our new album, we knew we needed to put something out in the meantime. This just seemed to fit our sound perfectly, and let’s face facts this was an “early 2000’s anthem”. Just seemed like the right time to interject some fun and nostalgia into the world. When we pick covers we really only go for ones that WE love and not “what’s trending”. There are much better bands out there for that. We just stick to what works for us.
JR: And, from what I hear, you’ve got a pretty sick producer.
AD: Hahah yeah our producer is one hell of a beast.
JR: Once the world goes back to semi-normal, do you think you’ll head back out to play shows in full-force or ease into it? Everyone’s dying for some face-to-face interaction by now.
AD: Depends on where we are sound and visually. We want to bring a new dynamic to our live show, something you don’t see very often. We want to take things back to the old school ways of Big Theatrics and heart-pumping Rock. If the sound and look is where it needs to be, then we will be an unstoppable force of stage-destroying fury. lol We want everything to be perfect for the audience, because they deserve the highest quality or show humanly and financially possible. Especially after all this chaos.
JR: Where do you see yourselves as a band by 2021?
AD: Hopefully making lots of big announcements. We know what we want, we know what we deserve, and we won’t settle for anything less. I guess the best answer I can give is in 2021 we hope this becomes one step closer to a real career.
JR: Any last words?
AD: Next time a pandemic of this magnitude comes our way…. leave some toilet paper and sanitizer for all of us, especially the elderly. Don’t be greedy. Oh… and play the SHIT out of our music when you get a chance. We got a lot coming your way this year.
Check out Bodies below.
About We’re Wolves
The West Palm Beach quintet made their grand entrance on YouTube with a cover of Limp Bizkit’s Break Stuff in 2017, which soon amassed over 1 million views. To date, their YouTube channel has 10.6K subscribers, as well as 16K monthly listeners and over 500,000 streams on Spotify. Inserting visuals and theatrics into their live shows, what makes them unique is their ability to combine humor, rock, and horror synchronously in a way that seems to mesh naturally. Not only does this work, but it also makes them a force to be reckoned with.
We’re Wolves Is:
AJ Diaferio (Vocals)
Jeremy Matthew (Guitarist)
Rich Sabol (Bassist/Vocalist)
Jesse Secatello (Drummer)
Chase Wesley (Guitarist)
To check out more We’re Wolves, scope out their single Dissonance below.