May 5 2015 – Another year and another Canadian Music Week. We firmly believe this is the best festival in Toronto if you love rock. Of course the festival feature all genres of music but we only care about what we call #RealRock – music steeped in electric guitars and that carries on the spirit of rock and roll. We here at T-Mak World really enjoy trying to find new bands that we love. Once we find such bands, we approach our favorites to request interviews for our Emerging Artist Spotlight series where we have featured over 100 artists so far. We set off on this mission yet again for Canada Music Week (CMW) 2015
Today we set our focus on a band from Calgary, Alberta named A Day As Wolves. All bands we talked to are asked similar questions to each other so we can get to know them better. The description on A Day As Wolves website reads:
A Day as Wolves is the Blues Rock brainchild of Andrew and Kyle Eskesen. What started as a writing project to pass time in the seemingly dull snow wrenched Calgary winters eventually evolved to something much greater. After just a few months the guys had enough material to put something serious together. With the additions of Cameron Dawes on Guitar and new comer Kevin Kornelsen on drums, it allowed the band to explore more genres such as Psychedelic, Southern Rock, Soul and folk just to name a few. This grand mixture of musical styles leads to their token fuzzed out, twangy sound. Inspirations and idols are endless but include artists such as Cream, James Brown, The Allman Brothers, CCR, John Lee Hooker, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Their self-produced EP gave the guys some much needed recognition with sales in North America and Europe, Features in a number of blogs and shows played throughout Western Canada. All these gradual achievements ultimately lead to them ending up in the hands of award winning producer Kirill Telichev (The Dudes, Go For The Eyes, Highkicks, Million Dollar Fix ext.) There much anticipated LP Move To Be Free was released early summer 2014. Since then the band had toured Canada and played with acts such as Cage The Elephant , Royal Tusk, Said The Whale and July Talk to name a few. All these great events in their short career have only left the guys craving more and the need to bring “The Fuzz world and beyond!
Here is what they had to say to us:
Hey A Day As Wolves, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Let’s start off with the obligatory introductions. Who’s in the band and what instrument does everyone rock?
Hey! We have Andrew Eskesen playing guitar and singing, his goofy brother Kyle playing bass, Cameron Dawes on guitars and Kevin Kornelsen on the drums.
How about the history of the band, when did you get started and how did it happen?
ADAW started as a regular jam session of brothers Andrew & Kyle. Roommates, Drinking buddies and single left the guys with lots of time to write. After a few months they had enough material to form what is now ADAW.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Our musical influences would include The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Sheep Dogs, Band of Skulls
So based on the above how would you describe your music to someone that has never heard it?
Fuzzed out Blues Rock with a soulful twangy twist. Beer Drinking music that you can still make babies to.
What is the significance of playing Canadian Music Week (CMW) for you?
Huge!! Not only does it let us network our bands Name & Image , but it gives us the opportunity to play and see what Toronto has to offer for the first time. Pumped!!
What is your favorite single line of lyrics the band has written and why?
“Johnny down the street gives away cigarettes for free, Whiskey in his hand always trying to make the final stand.” These simple lyrics have a way deeper meaning. We like to leave our lyrics to the listener’s imagination but that been said its about a man that does everything for everyone but in the end his own life takes a downward spiral.
What does the 2015 hold for you ideally as musicians?
Vast touring, festivals and a new LP. A lot more stuff is happening over the boarder
Imagine that you were asked to be the opener for any band’s world tour (both current and historical). Which band and tour would be your dream opening gig.
The Sheepdogs, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin
What is the future of the music industry? With the concept of the album and physical CD’s facing extinction, how will we be consuming music in 10 years? Are the economics feasible for emerging artists?
Times are tough that’s no joke. Our goal is to market ourselves right and make our music available to all, in all forms.
Where can people purchase or listen to your music?
Adayaswolves.bandcamp.com or find us Itunes
At the end of 2014 we published our picks for top 10 albums of 2014. Lists like those are always a reflection of personal tastes so take a look at our pics and tell us if you were making the list what are some albums you would you have had on it?
Royal Blood, Rival Sons, The Arkells, DFA 1979, St Paul and the Broken Bones
Any closing remarks for our readers?
Thanks so much to A Day As Wolves. We hope that you can see them live. They are playing Cherry Colas May 8th at 12am.