Wolfsharks don’t exist in nature, thankfully. However, the apex predator of the band sits down to talk real opinions and to offer us Kool-Aid.
This gritty Detroit, MI, band is made up of Colin Guffey (vocals), Matthew Markey (guitar), Ryan Buttigieg (guitar), Lucas Demers (bass), and Shane Whitehead (drums). Having not too long ago released a new EP, Finding Yourself, and getting Wolfshark into the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands for Van’s Warped Tour, this hasn’t been a bad year for the band. What better feather to add to the cap than by closing out the summer with Dirt Fest 2015? Here’s a few minutes that Colin spent with National Rock Review talking a little about this and more.
NRR: You guys are always on the move. What’s been going on with the band in the last year?
Colin Guffey: So far, this year has been crazy for us. We finished our debut EP titled, Finding Yourself, in April and have gradually been releasing songs on the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands page for Warped. We thought it would be a great way to get good social buzz and help us win. Now we are playing the Ernie Ball stage at the Detroit date (naturally) of Warped Tour 2015. We are stupid excited for it. On top of playing with Letlive on July 18th and of course Dirt Fest!!!
NRR: Hopefully you guys have a great time on stage this year. Are you looking forward to anything in particular at Dirt Fest 2015?
Colin Guffey: We are just super stoked to be a part of it. I’m personally stoked about playing the same fest as Fear Factory and Coal Chamber. I grew up listening to those bands.
NRR: Will we hear any new material at Dirt Fest this year, say from a certain EP, Finding Yourself?
Wolfshark – Fireproof
Colin Guffey: Most definitely. We play all three songs that are on the EP in our set. We will also play two newer songs that will be on our full length album.
NRR: What kind of rush did you guys have playing with Wilson at the Crofoot Ballroom last month? Will it be able to compare with Dirt Fest, you think?
Colin Guffey: It was pretty fucking righteous to say the least. That was the first packed house that we’ve played yet. I felt like I was finally home. We’ll see what Dirt Fest has in store for us.
NRR: What exactly is Angry American Rock and Roll?
Colin Guffey: Angry american rock and roll is an in your face aggression that isn’t afraid to say what the fuck it really means. I personally have a bone to pick with music in general in all genres. I feel like most music, not all music, but most music now-a-days lacks a lot of heart and genuine artistic values that use to define it to be good or not. Mind you, this is based off of opinion and I understand that not everyone listens to music and looks for the same things, but I feel like there are way too many fake artists not trying to create something new or real. They manipulate the game by sounding like a group that you like or covering something you know instead of creating something you’ve never heard of. People used to get recognized by their unique genuine artistic talents and now most people only care about the bells and whistles. I’m sorry if that statement offends anyone, but chances are if it does, I’m talking to you.
NRR: What can we expect from Wolfshark, especially after the success you’ve had with a certain, small, battle of the bands or something like that, coming in the next few months, (laughing)?
Colin Guffey: The battle hasn’t really gotten us anywhere yet. Hopefully, after we play the Ernie Ball stage this year, we will at least have our foot in the door. Winning this battle will put us on a different level for sure!
NRR: Is there a band or bands on this year’s Dirt Fest line-up that you are looking forward to seeing as fans?
Colin Guffey: We are really excited to see Periphery. My inner 13 year-old self is stoked to see Coal Chamber and Fear Factory too.
NRR: How important is selling merch for a band like Wolfshark at a festival like this, and what little gem do you maybe have that stands out from the crowd?
Colin Guffey: Merch is important for any band of any stature. It’s honestly the bread and butter for most bands. We plan on having a whole new line of merch out by Dirt Fest. We haven’t nailed down what yet though.
NRR: For anyone that might not have heard your music before, what can they expect to get from you guys on stage?
Colin Guffey: Emotion. Lots and LOTS of emotion. We try to bring everything to the table when we play. If we aren’t exhausted and dripping with sweat then we didn’t do our job right.
NRR: Any bizarre rituals get preformed before the lights go on for your set? Or do you guys prefer to leave each show up to be an adventure?(laughing)
Colin Guffey: Each show we learn more and more about ourselves as performers. We don’t do anything too out of the ordinary when it comes to pre-show stuff. Just some warm ups and some stretches. Lots of high fives. We also always tell each other that we love each other before we play. We make sure that our group is very family oriented. Cult like, (laughing).