The Exhilarating Sounds of A Wolf. A Liar.

Based out of the Guthrie, Oklahoma area, A Wolf. A Liar. present exhilarating post hardcore that is both intensive and inspiring.  Their debut release is entitled The Sheep’s Clothing EP, featuring five exciting tunes guaranteed to garner the band a good deal of notice.  The band recently opened for Memphis May Fire on The Hollow Tour and continue to play high profile shows in and around their hometown.  Here is a recent interview we recently conducted with A Wolf. A Liar. to find out more about this up and coming collective we’re sure to a hear lot more from within the months ahead…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in A Wolf. A Liar.?
A Wolf. A Liar. consists of 5 members:
Max Young – Guitar/Vocals
Dalton Lott – Vocals/Keyboard
Cole Paul – Bass
Ray Duker – Guitar
Dylan Johnson – Drums

Where is the band based out of and what is the music scene like there? Do you have any local bands you could recommend?
Edmond, OK. The music scene here mostly consists of hardcore/metal type genres. Some other locals we like are Harp & Lyre as well as Beyond Our Skies. Both bands have a LOT to offer.

Is there any story or concept behind the title The Sheep’s Clothing EP?
It’s based on the phrase “A wolf in sheep’s clothing” which also corresponds with our lyrics and symbolizes our name.

Select two songs from the EP and what inspired the lyrical content.
Catch Me If You Candy” – This entire song is actually based off of the line “Accept what you can’t control.” The more intricate description would be that the world will continue to spin and life will go on regardless whatever happens to you.

Megalodon” – This song is just about showing respect and is based off of the Oklahoma City music scene.

Being unsigned, how difficult has it been to record and release the EP basically on your own? Has there been any label interest yet?
In March of 2011, we joined together our ideas and goals on what we wanted with our music and continuously worked as hard as we could to achieve them. When it came time for us to record, we all pitched in equally and created a product that not only we were proud of, but also something that we could actually perform live. We believe that Intellect Studios really did an amazing job recording our music.

As far as label interest, our manager has been in contact with a few labels, so something could definitely come from that. They definitely seem to be impressed with the quality of the EP.

Who produced the EP and what was it like working with them?
Our friends and fellow musicians from Intellect Studios (Yukon, OK) helped record and produce the EP. Out of all the offers that were extended to us, we decided to choose Intellect Studios and we have no regrets, whatsoever.

What could one expect from a live A Wolf. A Liar. show?
We wanted as much of a natural sounding EP as possible so that our live performance wasn’t disappointing compared to the EP. So what you hear on the EP is what you hear live. We also try to provide an entertaining live set audibly and visually by being who we are onstage as we are offstage.

Who came up with the name of the band and is there any significance behind the name?
After writing two complete tracks, we sat down and decided that we needed to come up with a name for our group that would correspond with our lyrics. That’s when Max suggested “A Wolf. A Liar.” Based off of the old folk tale “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” We felt as if the name’s deeper meaning of addressing consequences of chosen actions would address our image.

What was it like opening for Memphis May Fire and did you get to hang out with them at all?
Memphis May Fire is a band that most of our members are truly inspired by, so it was quite an honor to be able to share the stage with them. They all are some really great guys and we are hoping that we can share the stage with them again.

How close are you to releasing a full length CD?
We will be taking some time to write songs that are better than what we’ve already written and also songs that will stretch the “hardcore” genre as far as we can so that our songs won’t sound repetitive.

What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the very first time?
We find enjoyment in writing and performing our music and we just hope that the listener would find the same enjoyment in listening to it.

Any final words of wisdom?
Staying true to yourself is more important than impressing others.

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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