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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wolf Eyes Brings Trip Metal to the Masses

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In an interview, you once said that nothing compares to playing at a crazy house/in a basement. How do you translate that feeling and energy on a larger scale/stage?

Ah, well, being a musician means you gotta adapt to all environments and still entertain. So, yes, basements are killer, but other stages are still great. There you can really concentrate on the details and sink into the tones buzzing around. All are fun, and it's just killer to get a chance to perform anywhere. But being on ground zero eye line with the audience is fantastic. Like all the amazing Apop gigs.


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You've been in Michigan seemingly forever. What makes the Midwest the best? How does it influence Wolf Eyes?

It's home. Each season is mind-wreckingly beautiful, and there is tons of space to be yourself. There are tons of skate parks nearby and you can disappear if that's what the cosmos require of you. Alice Cooper said, "In Detroit there is 100 people, but all of 'em are crazy active." So that rules.

I've heard you are a fan of St. Louis' Lumpy and the Dumpers. What is it about the resurgence of hardcore bands like the aforementioned that appeals to you?

Yeah, Lumpy and their label is totally phenom -- amazing snot-slime core. Even down to Ruz and the bizarre Cal & the Calories, Sweet Tooth, Black Panties -- tons of killer STL bands. Very fertile ground, it seems like. It's the constant turnover and constant flux of ideas and styles of the hardcore underground that rules. A band will put out a demo and disappear -- always changing, but subtle. I can totally get with that.


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After eighteen years as a band, what does it mean to be in Wolf Eyes in 2015? What does "trip metal" mean in 2015?

Trip metal is being yourself and living fear-free. But by all means, start your own musical-social deviant group: It will only broaden the world in the best way.

Wolf Eyes 8 p.m. Monday, March 16. The Luminary 2701 Cherokee Street. $10 to $12. 314-807-5984.


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