Band Q&A – Joyous Wolf

Joyous Wolf are from California! Their members are;

  • Nick Reese – Vocals
  • Blake Allard – Guitar
  • Greg Braccio – Bass
  • Robert Sodaro – Drums

1. Who are your top 3 influences?

That’s really tough, we have so many between the 4 of us. If we are talking bands then a few that come to mind are Audioslave, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and The Who.

2. How did you get your band name ‘Joyous Wolf’?

Funnily enough we were a few days away from our first show and needed a name, so we went on Band Name Generator and hit random a few hundred times and Joyous Wolf was the least stupid haha. We thought we’d change it someday and never did. Now it has a whole new meaning. I think it describes the attitude of our music perfectly.

3. How did you all meet?

Robert and Nick met in middle school. Robert went to a different high school and met Greg there, then Nick randomly met Blake in a Guitar Center acoustic room for about 15 minutes. We all just sort of fell in together.

4. What is your song writing process?

It differs. Sometimes somebody will bring in an idea or sometimes most of a song. Most of the time though songs just come together when we jam, we just keep refining things that work.

5. What do you hope to achieve a year from now?

We want to have a full length album out and be touring all over the globe!

6. What was Joyous Wolf’s first gig experience like?

It was surreal we actually had our first gig ever opening for the band Badflower in a little lockout show in Santa Ana, CA. It went surprisingly well. We had a pretty good little audience to play for and we were just excited to play the songs we had been jamming for the first time. Meeting the Badflower guys who are still our friends was just the Cherry on top.

7. What has been your biggest challenge so far?

I think it’s the biggest challenge all groups face, just the grind of cutting through all the white noise and I think we have faced it well. We are really starting to make a name ourselves.

8. What’s your favourite thing about performing?

The energy of the whole expirence, especially when the audience is right there with us, there really isn’t anything like that you know? That bond with the mob.

9. You’re heading out on tour with Deep Purple, how excited are you for this opportunity?

It’s really an honor we feel privileged. They are living legends who defined the genre in so many ways. To share the stage with them for 31 shows will definitely be something we will never forget.

10. Your debut EP came out in April, what was the whole experience like for you finishing it, and once it came out, what was it like gaining the exposure?

It was a long time coming and it was a great load lifted off our shoulders to put the EP out. We finally had something to show because before we were touring without any music to consume. Since April our base has really expanded. Seeing the positive reaction to the 7 songs we put out has been great. It’s really just the tip of the iceberg for us. I think it definitely showed we are capable musicians/songwriters and that’s really all we really wanted to show.

11. What inspired your songs on the album?

A lot of the themes lyrically focused on the youth of today. Sexual apprehension, the on going suffocation of social media, understanding complex emotions for the first time, dealing with undesirable people and social themes.

12. What do you do when you’re not musically involved?

We like to play video games and exercise. Honestly we’ve been so busy touring that’s really all we do these days haha.

13. Funniest show story?

We got booked at a country bar in Kansas once. Let’s just say the crowd really was not tailored for type of music. We started out normally but the growing feeling of disdain in the room was evident, and making the performance miserable. So we slowly devolved into just making as much racket as we could. Definitely our “those loud annoying kids” moment haha.

14. Most annoying member?

Definitely Nick. He tends to talk quite a bit and can go on and on.

15. Who has the worst tattoo?

Blake is the only one of us with a Tattoo but it’s actually a pretty awesome.

16. Fast forward and you’re millionaires! What do you do with the money?

Work with Music Charities so kids all over the world can have instruments and music education. Maybe have a bowling alley in our homes like Eddie Murphy I don’t know.

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