Interview: Wolf & Cub’s Joel Byrne

wolf&cubWho chose the name Wolf & Cub? Why?

Well it was the best of a bad bunch and it was the only one we could all agree on. I stole it from a Japanese comic book, and later a film series, called ‘Lone Wolf & Cub’. So I named my band after a comic book which makes me a pretty big nerd.

How old are you guys?

Old enough to know better

What three words would you say describe your music?

Unpredictable, Percussive, Enigmatic

Why do you guys have two drummers?

How did you come up with the name of you new album “Science and Sorcery?”

There was a lot of tension during the recording of this record; tension between the members of the band, tension between our producer and members of the band, it was just a very tense environment to be in. I wanted a title that eluded to that tension and the conflict that was erupting from that tension. Science and Sorcery, refers to two conflicting ideas or methods that are ultimately striving to achieve the same goal. That’s really how it felt when we were making the album, we all wanted the same thing, to make a good record, but we could never agree on the same method of achieving it.

How does it differ from your last album, “Vessels?”

For me it feels a lot looser, less claustrophobic than Vessels and a little more cohesive. Isn’t that odd? I described it as being both “looser” and “more cohesive” in my answer to that one, that doesn’t really make sense does it? I think when I say looser, I mean that it feels more relaxed in the delivery, like it’s been crafted by people who are more comfortable with what they’re doing. Vessels felt like we weren’t really in control of what were doing or maybe not certain enough of what we wanted to achieve. In retrospect I don’t think we were really prepared enough to make that album, I don’t feel that with this one.

What’s your track “What Are They Running” all about?

Its about doubt, well self doubt really, something that I tend to have far too much of. ‘They’ are ‘me’, so I guess when I was writing it I was really referring to myself and my inability to believe in myself and just questioning why that was. I was asking what it was that I’m running from? Or why I’m running. The end part was a happy accident and it’s probably our favourite thing on the record. It was the last day of recording and three of us got into a room and recorded a percussive jam. There was actually a helicopter flying over the studio at the time but unfortunately it wasn’t picked up by the mics.

If you could resurrect any musician to play a show with, who would it be and why?

Not sure about which musician, but I’d love to have a cup of tea with Bruce Lee, he could play a show with us too I guess but I’d rather just hang out with him and shoot the shit about getting into shape.

What’s your wildest tour story?

We crashed our car on a drive between Melbourne and Sydney, that wasn’t really wild in itself but by the end of the day we were all reduced to these primitive forms of what we once were, fighting and bickering like feral animals. We actually made it to Sydney in time to play the show, and it ended up being one of the best we’ve played, but it was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

What are you guys doing now that “Science and Sorcery” has dropped?

Lots and lots of touring, and between those trips we’ll start writing the next one. My aim is to have it demoed properly by the end of the year.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Eat your vegies, and be nice to your mother.


Last album you purchased?

I actually just got a Greatest Hits Compilation by ELO, but the last record I got that I didn’t pay for and am enjoying is a compilation put together by one of the bosses at our label. Ta Steve.

Last time you threw up from a heavy night of drinking?

Last year some time, and it was especially memorable because I threw up all over our supporting bands gear.

Last book you read?

“You can’t always get what you want” By Sam Cutler. Actually no it wasn’t actually, it was “Storms” by Carol Ann Harris.

Last place you did the nasty?

Your dreams.


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