Interview: Deadwolff (CAN)

I’m quite sure that you already know about our passion for young North American metal and rock bands. We really appreciate the vivid scene over there! That’s why we’re always glad when we discover a new talented outfit. Today, we present to you Deadwolff, a three-piece from Canada. Enjoy reading!

Hi, how are you doing?

Thomas Wolffe: We’re doing great, thanks! We hope you’re doing well too.

Yes, fortunately, thanks. Did this damned pandemic destroy a lot of your plans with Deadwolff?

Quite the opposite, actually. Being a new band, we’ve used this time to our advantage to write, record, and get ready to hit the road when we can.

I suppose there are still many readers who don’t know you yet. Please tell us a bit about your band history.

Not much to tell, as of yet. We’re a three-piece band from Toronto/Deseronto, Ontario, Canada. Composed of myself (Thomas Wolffe) on bass and vocals, Bobby Deuce on guitar, and our new drummer Rawa Brant (not pictured).

Who was responsible for the songwriting on your debut EP?

It’s a pretty even 50/50 split between myself (Thomas) and Bobby. I had some tunes written that needed some work, and with Bobby we were able to polish them to the degree that you’re hearing them now.

I think Motörhead was a major influence on your band, right?

Well, yeah, but not as much as you may think. Bobby and I have a very wide range of music that we listen to, so it’s hard to narrow it down to one singular influence. I’d say a few bands out of the the New Wave of British Heavy Metal are definitely major influences.

Could you point out some other bands that inspired you?

I’d say a lot of our influences are homegrown, with bands like April Wine and Triumph. Our friend Jake Gracie, of the band Villian, once said it sounds like Inepsy and Judas Priest met up at the bar to talk about Tank and I think that about hits the nail on the head.

On Instagram, you classify Deadwolff as a part of the New Wave of Heavy Rock and Roll. Is there really such a scene in Canada?

There is and there isn’t. There’s definitely heavy metal rock’n’roll bands, there’s definitely rock’n’roll bands, and there sure as shit heavy metal bands, but I think we’ve found ourselves between the cracks in what we are calling The New Wave of Heavy Rock and Roll.

Are there any other young Canadian rock and metal bands that you would like to recommend to our readers?

Definitely. Though your readers probably already know them. Riot City from Calgary, Alberta and Villian from Toronto, Ontario.

What was the last record you listened to before answering my questions?

Outlandos d’Amour by The Police.

Are you a fervent vinyl collector?

No, actually. Bobby and I are quite fond of cassettes. Though they’re definitely not the most reliable source of tunes, considering the bands we like. And especially when you’ve gone through five cassette players and three Allied Forces tapes when you’re just trying to fight the good fight.

Which albums released in 2020 did you appreciate the most?

I’d have to say Year of the Snake by Wyldlife and Unchain the Wolf by Roadwolf.

Do you have a favourite festival? Where would you like to play in the future?

Well I think we’re due for another US festival, but playing Down South Showdown in Atlanta, Georgia, Heavy Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, or Bang Your Head! Open Air Festival in Balingen, Germany would be pretty right on.

People are no longer buying/trading albums. Everything is too disposable nowadays.

Thomas Wolffe on social media platforms.

What do you generally think of social media platforms?

I think it’s very bittersweet. On one hand, it’s easier to let people know about shows, to contact labels, to make friends/fans, and to share music, but I think it’s completely destroyed how people view music. People are no longer buying/trading albums. Everything is too disposable nowadays. Not to mention the politics of «likes» and «followers» can make or break bands getting shows.

Last question: What’s your favourite movie of all time?

Bobby’s favourite is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and mine would have to be Strange Brew (1983).

Thomas, thanks a lot for your time, it was a pleasure. Stay safe – and see you, hopefully, at Bang Your Head! in the near future!

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