Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Manchester band Circus Wolves to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Circus Wolves are Guy Wynn Davies (Vocals), Jim Ker (Guitar), Jack Taylor (Guitar), Ben Dodson (Bass) and Cameron Tetlow (Drums). The band originally formed as Plastic Rabbits back in 2014 in Leeds with Guy and Cameron taking up their roles among other members.
After a change up of members with Jack Taylor taking up guitar duties followed by Jim Ker, the band began to revisit the Leeds scene as Circus Wolves. Following a move back to the band’s native land of Manchester, Circus Wolves grew amongst the local scene with Ben joining the band in late 2017 to complete the current line-up.
The name is actually based around our old practice room in Leeds, Rock and Roll Circus!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We all have a pretty varied taste in music. But there are certainly some really big influences that we all share such as The Stone Roses, Joy Division/New Order and some of early 60’s Motown vibes.
Big current influences on our sound at the moment would certainly include Foals, early Strokes and Radiohead.
How would you describe your sound?
There’s certainly a mix of early Strokes combined with some of the post-punk Manchester scene in there. We like to get the most out of our drums and bass who keep those solid grove lines while the guitars float over the top with the hooks.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
For our latest single, “Dance with Me”, we wanted to lay down something that had a real driving power behind it. There’s a big Manchester influence in the music for the track. We try to encapsulate that in the guitars as they move through the song. The ending really picks it up a notch with some massive riffs and lead work. We just wanted to get people really moving and excited!
Guy’s lyrics are all based around anxiety and the build up you get before a release of nerves; talking about live, what we want to achieve, where we feel we’ve got to and what we’ve missed out on.
What’s your local music scene like?
Amazing. The Manchester scene is really on the up at the moment. There’s a great vibe around the venues and a massive sense of pride for the city.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’re currently in the planning stage for an ep recording and release. “Dance with Me” is the last tune of that generation of songs for us. Our next ep is a bit of a shake up in our sound. We cannot wait.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
It would be great to work with some of the up and coming bands from the scene at the moment. Ist Ist are amazing and working with them would be unbelievable. Slow Readers Club are another band who have this amazing drive and sound to go with it, playing with them would be an incredible gig.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Loads. Our first gig as Circus Wolves was in Liverpool. We’d acquired a van to get to and from the show which Jim had to drive. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough seats so two of us were in the back with the gear. This didn’t go down too well when we were pulled over by the police on the journey home! Jim was given 3 points and they wouldn’t let us carry on the journey. We were stuck in a layby at two in the morning waiting to be rescued. Great start to the band!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We are all about the live performance. We like to put as much energy as we can into our gigs. Our shows are there for people to dance, and really go for it. Bring the energy!