Wolf Gang is a British Alternative and Symphonic Rock band and the project of Max McElligott.
The debut album was recorded with producer Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips) and showcases just what everyone is anticipating – a ferocious pop record with an abundance of suave panache, punchy beats and heart-throttling melodies.
This album is one of Fridmann’s rare collaborations with a UK artist, having heard a demo of ‘Lions In Cages’ he immediately invited Max out to record the track in Upstate New York and the rest as they say, is history.
Wolf Gang performed as part of the NME Awards in February 2011, supporting The Naked and Famous.
Wolf Gang also supported Editors on March 26 2011 at Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Max accepted to answer some of our questions :
Who is Wolf Gang?
Wolf Gang is the name of my project, I write and record the music, and play live with my band.
What genre do you classify your music as and why?
I suppose it’s fairly melodic and upbeat, it probably goes in the indie/pop bracket, from what I’ve read anyway. I’m not bothered about classifying it too much.
Can you recall the moment when you first decided you wanted to become a musician?
My earliest memories are sitting at a piano on my mums knees tinkering around on the keys, growing up I’ve always played music. I never really thought I could do it professionally until three years ago when I was giving up my studies in London
Who did you listen to as you were growing up?
I listened to all sorts, but mostly old music, from the sixties seventies and eighties. I listened to a lot of jazz, classical and world music as well
And who are you listening to at the moment?
Still the same stuff! The last album I bought was an old Elton John record from a charity shop.
What or who in particular do you cite as inspirations?
I find inspiration in many things, romance, dreams, films, books. The weather.
Are you nervous about releasing the debut album? how long did it take you to create the debut album?
I’m excited for people to hear it! The oldest song I wrote on the album is about four years old, the latest I wrote a couple of months ago, so it’s been quite a long period of time of writing. When it came to actually recording it I did this very quickly, in New York.
Do you have ambitions to attain commercial success?
I have ambitions for a wide audience to hear my music and enjoy it, it’s more about wanting as many people to hear my music, rather than any sort of financial incentive.
Do you think the internet makes it easier for a singer starting now than it was ten years ago?
Yes I think so, it’s much easier to share music and thus become discovered.
To conclude with,
Where are you answering our interview questions from?
My bedroom in Kentish Town, London
What is the first song you put on when you wake up?
It changes from day to day. Today it was ‘Flamenco Sketches’ by Miles Davis.
Where do you see yourself in a few years from now? Anything coming up you’d like to throw out there that’s coming up?
I guess in a few years I’d like to be touring my second or third album. I’d like to have played around America and Europe, maybe Japan too…who knows!
If you could go back and open up for any musician, (dead or alive) who would it be?
The Beatles, maybe…
Can you tell me some words in French?
The only French I remember from an exchange I did in Loches are all very rude swear words, so I won’t write them down here…
Your last word for our TEEZ’FM listeners?
Thanks to Max & Angus
interview by Thierry Jaussaud