It’s been awhile since I’ve done an interview – mostly because it’s always naptime. Since I really like the band, In the Presence of Wolves, it’s time to stay awake and do this interview. In the Presence of Wolves rhythm guitarist, Jim Ellis, provided the answers that you all want to know.
Have you read “In the Presence of Wolves” by Art Wolfe?
No, but I cried like a baby while reading “Into the Wild.”
Who has influenced you the most musically?
That’s so hard to narrow down. We all come from a relatively similar background but all of our influences have really seeped their way into the new album. Chris is massively into jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Vini and Jim are fanboys of Circa Survive and Coheed and Cambria. Mason takes a lot of cues from The Dillinger Escape Plan. So, I supposed we’re a melting pot of sorts.
Why do you think people get so wrapped up in labels?
For the longest time, labels were really the only way to get your music out there to a mass audience. Now with the advent of the internet and social media, you can reach a kid over in Thailand who just so happened to stumble across your music. Now, getting signed by a label is a milestone most bands will never achieve, and while having the connections, tour support, and endorsements certainly help a hell of a lot, there’s no reason why a band doing the DIY thing can’t make a name for themselves.
Has anyone ever tried to put you in one category of music or another?
Of course, that’s what people do. Especially like promoters who have to book a “hard rock” or “prog metal” night at a club. It’s just easier to handle. We don’t really mind it all that much. It boils down to us not really fitting in too well anywhere haha, we’re either too heavy, not heavy enough, too rock vs. too prog. But because of that, we always stand out, and people usually dig it.
Who would you like to share the stage with?
We would love to support The Dillinger Escape Plan at least once before they’re done for good. Either them or a hologram of Prince.
What’s on your bucket list?
We’d love to hit Europe. We’ve made some friends in bands over there from some festivals we attended this past year. I’d say if things keep going the way they are, we might be able to do at least two weeks to a month in 2018.
Tell me something about Philadelphia that most people don’t know. Any great bars or coffee shops that people miss?
There’s a middle aged African American man that like to hang around South Street dressed up as Hulk Hogan. It’s amazing.
Favorite “Rocky” Character
B. Apollo Creed
C. Clubber Lang
What do you want people to know about In the Presence of Wolves?
We’d love for people to know the lyrics so they could sing along at shows. Also Vini like to get naked on tour. He calls it the naked worm. It’s uncomfortable.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you
- I almost went camping with my boyfriend at the Rootwire Music Festival. It’s in Ohio somewhere. At a campground. I think you had to pay extra for showering.
- My boyfriend calls me a decepticon because I used to go camping with him. I didn’t tell him that camping is not my favorite thing.
- I didn’t go again for the fourth year in a row . I stayed home with the kid, the rabbit and Manny Pacquiemeow, the cat. By the way, the cat is a jerk.
- My time was spent reading, watching Netflix, cleaning and not leaving the house too much. Although, I had to go buy coffee creamer. I was going to buy pizza but the freezer at the store was not working. I had to tell the cashier. But at least the ice cream freezer was ok. I also forgot to buy ice cream.
- Is it ironic that someone who doesn’t leave the house much thinks about traveling so much? It’s mostly because I don’t like driving. Someday, I’ll go see the world. My bank account also says no at the moment.
- I found a budget app because I need help budgeting. I can do it but I get lazy about it. Then before you know it – broke again. I should be able to afford comic books by October. Maybe September.
- I watched the entire season of Riverdale. I’m trying to watch Supernatural still. I made it through the first episode.
- I’m trying to decide what album to do a review on for next week. There are a few to choose from. I thought I had a list but I can’t find it. Will have to start the list from scratch.
- I have a 100 or more pages to read of “The Midnight Queen.” What are the odds that I’ll finish and have a book review ready by tomorrow?
- I have to take pictures today. It’s not like it’s a requirement. It’s only for the blog. I can’t help myself though. I’m almost always taking pictures.
- If you get a chance, check out my #weekendcoffeeshare board on Pinterest. If you’re in the link-up, I try to share your post on Pinterest- even if you don’t have a Pinterest button.
- Hope you all had a good weekend!
Here are a few posts from the past week.
This is the Haserot Angel or “The Angel of Death Victorious.”
Who: Sheer Mag
What: Need to Feel Your Love. I loved their first album. So I was really excited to see that their second album is out. Today, I was looking for an album to listen to but nothing caught my attention. Then I saw Sheer Mag.
A few years ago, I went to Columbus. Sheer Mag was also in Columbus. However, I didn’t know until the next day. It was disappointing to say the least.
The band always exudes so much energy. It draws me in every time. Whenever I hear them, it’s like there are fireworks and lightning bolts in my brain. It’s not a stroke. Maybe it’s love.
There are not too many bad things. I know, I’m in love with this band. It would be nice if they expanded their range a little bit. It’s hard to fix what isn’t broken but they could throw a few new things in their arrangements. No one wants them to be in a musical rut.
Recommend: Of course. Listen to the album. Go see them in concert. Take me with you. Then repeat the cycle.