Coffin Wolf

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Listen to COFFIN WOLF while you read.

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“We started up a couple of years ago after playing in lots of other bands and sort of getting nowhere,” explained Braiden Mann, vocalist/ guitarist for Melbourne’s Coffin Wolf. “I put this band together, found a drummer, found a guitarist and a bass player and went from there. I think by the time we first played a gig, we already had a release, Shadow Life, out so we put that out first and then started hitting the shows. We played maybe 60 shows in the first year or something like that and just put ourselves out there and got ourselves in front of as many people as we could. It started to progress from there with more shows, more releases, bigger supports and a couple of tours.”

 

Coffin Wolf are about to release their latest self-titled E.P, and to celebrate are releasing the single ‘Winter Blues’ and its accompanying film clip exclusively through HEAVY.

 

“The E.P is a four track, seven-inch release. It’s got about of a new direction for us as well. Our previous stuff was very punk, very fast and hard hitting and this is more of the same but it gets heavier in some parts as well. The lyrics are a bit closer to the heart and it’s a bit darker overall. We put a lot more into this than our previous releases. It’s got a fast side and a dark side. It’s brutal.”

 

The album artwork, featuring a snarling wolf in the foreground of an alley with a crowd of onlookers at a distance is not only a reflection of the band and where they have come from, but is also a backhanded response to the doubters.

“There’s a bit more that was going to go into that cover art that never made it,” smiled Mann. “The people in the background are laughing at the wolf and it was a sort of symbol of trying to make some headway and get somewhere with the band; trying to push the band forward and getting no response with people just saying yeah, good luck mate. It represents that sort of thing and the wolf coming out of the alleyway is a sign that he’s not going to give up, he’s going to keep going – it’s something that means a little bit to us.”

 

Since their formation in 2014 Mann feels that Coffin Wolf have grown not just musically, but personally as well over the journey and are at the stage now where the fruits of their labour are starting to back up the years of work.

 

“The band is a different amalgamation of itself from when we first started,” he mused. “We’ve had slight member changes, Matty O, our original guitarist, has come back to us which is awesome because he’s a fucken shredder. He could solo for days and apart from that I think we just have more experience. The songs that we’re putting together these days – even after our E.P that’s about to come out – we’ve still been writing and hitting the studio pretty hard and the stuff that we’re coming up with is clearly more experienced. More experienced songwriting, more experienced performing and I think we care a lot more about it now as well. It’s something that we all… we don’t just WANT to do it any more, we NEED it.”

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As mentioned earlier, Coffin Wolf defied popular trend when they started their career, releasing the Shadow Life E.P on an untested market with practically no runs on the board and no live exposure, but Mann says the experiment paid dividends.

“I think if I had the chance over again I would do it the same,” he reflected. “It sort of guaranteed the fans would come through the doors at our first show which was a bonus. That was sort of the way Coffin Wolf has always been driven – we just went for it straight away. By the time I’d gotten any members in the band I had pretty much written an album by myself. I was new to guitar and vocal at the time. I’d played drums in bands for ten or twelve years so being a front man and a guitarist was new to me so I figured the songs might not be of the best caliber so I thought I would write as many as I could and record them all at home and that would make it easier to get members in because it showed I was keen and ready to go. It turn out they really dug a lot of the songs so we just narrowed it down and then put out a release. We had all the tools on hand as well. We recorded at my house in my flat mates room and it all happened really quick. Before we knew it we were playing two gigs every weekend.”

 

To date, Coffin Wolf have released two E.P’s, plus a seven inch collaboration with The Fck Ups , but have not ventured into the full album territory where the true fabric of a band is tested, but Mann assures us that that is more a reflection on circumstances than in the bands confidence in their ability.

 

“I suppose that’s the downside of playing so any shows,” he shrugged. “You only have so much time while working full time jobs but we’ve started to change things now. We’ve done the whole play as many shows as we can and getting in front of as many people as we can so now… the albums coming is what I’m trying to say (laughs). We’re all hanging for it too now, we want the big twelve, and then we want to just keep releasing them from there on. In this fast paced world we live in you just have to keep churning out stuff and keep things moving. Do a release and do a tour type thing. The full length is coming. It’s not the next release but let’s hope it’s the one after.”

 

Written by Kris Peters

 

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  • 1 x Coffin Wolf singlet
  • 1 x Coffin Wolf T-Shirt
  • 1 x Coffin Wolf Brewtality Fest Promo CD
  • 1 x Coffin Wolf Promo CD
  • 1 x Coffin Wolf split 7″ with The FckUps
  • 1 x Coffin Wolf Badge
  • 1 x Desert Highways T-Shirt
  • 1 x Desert Highways Tote Bag
  • 1 x Desert Highways Patch
  • 2 x Desert Highways Stickers
  • 2 x Desert Highways Postcards
  • 1 x Desert Highways Badge
  • 4 x Desert Highways Guitar Picks

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Written by Dave Griffiths

Dave has worked as a music & film journalist for over 20 years now. Aside from Heavy he does radio and various podcasts as well. He is the proud owner of Metal Cat.

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