MAKING "THE HOSTS"
An Interview with LIONS AMONG WOLVES
by Jeff Rogers
The last time Rough Edge caught up with Lions Among Wolves was November 2011
and things were just getting started. A lot has happened since then: a new
album, "The Hosts," has just hit. So we thought we'd be digital roadies and tag
along with the band.
Rough Edge: Let's take roll call, who is in the band?
Lions Among Wolves: Lions Among Wolves is:
Vinny Stagni - vocals
Zac Buras - guitar
Scott Harpster - drums
New members since last time:
George brand - guitar/vocals
Neil Thompson - bass
Rough Edge: Your demo/single, "Mind of a Child," led to the "Dreamer" EP and now you've got a full-length disc available. Tell Rough Edge readers how "The Hosts" came together.
Lions Among Wolves: Since the Dreamer EP there
has been some significant lineup changes. "The Hosts" is a more matured and
honed-in version of our old sound combined with fresh ideas from our newer
members. The album took a long writing process and quite a long time for pre-proing
and recording, but in the end it definitely paid off. We have an album that we
are extremely proud of and are very happy to share.
Rough Edge: You guys just had a release party for your new album. Congrats! Are you planning on a small tour to promote your disc? Plan to travel outside of your home state of Louisiana?
Lions Among Wolves: Yes, we had our album
release party at The Cypress venue in New Orleans. It was a great show. As for
touring, right now it's not really a possibility for us. But maybe when summer
rolls around we could throw something together!
Rough Edge: This disc has a lot of guitar and monster drums on it. Each and every sound by the members mixes really well. Who produced the album? Are you guys shopping for a major label?
Lions Among Wolves: We appreciate that Jeff and,
well, the album was pretty much self-produced. We did a lot of preproduction on
our own, then for tracking we did drums with Drew Ray at The Satellite Studio,
then we tracked guitars and vocals by ourselves. Then we sent it back to Drew
for mixing and mastering. A little unorthodox, but we're happy with the final
Rough Edge: Most bands are multi-rockcational. Do you guys collaborate with any other bands such as side projects?
Lions Among Wolves: As far as side-projects go,
we don't really have anything serious. We do record a lot of music that is
different from our own but it's nothing too serious.
Rough Edge: For all the gear heads out there, what equipment does each band member use to get their unique sound?
Lions Among Wolves: As far as gear we have a
lot, I'll go ahead and list our general live rig:
Peavey 6505+ head
George has a slightly ridiculous setup with way too many pedals. The important ones are:
Schecter Damian elite
Mapex M-birch series drums and pearl vision series.
Mostly all zildjian cymbals
And Jeff Foxworthy of course
Ibanez btb bass
Rough Edge: Has the release of your full-length album amped up your exposure in and around the area and are any other metalcore bands looking to fill the bill with you guys?
Lions Among Wolves: We sure hope so. We just
released the album this weekend and we had a pretty solid turn out. But that was
also thanks to the awesome bands we had support us on Saturday.
Rough Edge: Where else can Rough Edge readers find you in this vast internet world? Facebook? Twitter? Time to link us up!
Lions Among Wolves: Right now you can find us on
Instagram (@lionsamongwolves) and bandcamp (Lionsamongwolves.bandcamp.com).
All of our music will be soon available on most standard music services, such as
iTunes and Amazon music.
Rough Edge: Lions Among Wolves, thank you so much for sitting down for a few question from Rough Edge!
Lions Among Wolves: No problem Jeff, it's always a pleasure \m/
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