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Interview with lead vocalist and guitarist Arron Devries | By D-Jay Bidwell
Having been a part of the music scene on a local, as well as national level for over 20 years, I have seen and heard a lot of bands. Today, it can be hard to find people who are actual musicians. In today’s oversaturated pop-punk breakdown world, it is challenging to find a refreshing band that can breathe new life into the scene. Wolves & Machines does just that. Wolves & Machines isn’t new by any means. Coming from Saginaw, Michigan, they released a full-length album entitled Ailments back in 2010 and then an EP titled Remedies. The band has finished up recording and released theirnew full-length album Since Before Our Time. I recently had a chance to sit down with guitarist/lead vocalist Aaron Devries to talk about the process of writing the new album, as well as professional wrestling.
I understand that you went to two different recording studios to record this album. What was the reasoning behind that?
We just wanted to try something different, and it worked out that it was very convenient. Josh Schroeder at Random Awesome Recording Studios has done just about everything we’ve released, so we were happy to work with him again. He tracked all the instruments for the album. Nick Diener tracked vocals for it. He is a good friend of ours, and lives about five minutes away from me. He’s also a singer, so it was great working with someone who knew how to get the best performances out of me.
What is different about this album versus the others?
I think we’ve evolved as a band. Ailments is over three years old at this point, so we have found different things that we wanted to explore musically within that time. I think the song structures are better, and we’re better at our instruments. This is also our first full-length with Matt [Feith] and Ben [Hoffman], so their influences are present as well. It’s easy to say, but I think this album is definitely an improvement on our past material.
What is the writing process like for Wolves & Machines?
For this album, songs were usually built from ideas that either Scott [Smith] or myself would come up with. From there, I’d take all of the pieces and turn them into a demo, which I send to the other guys for approval. From there, we pick them apart and reconstruct [them] until we all dig it.
Are there any bands right now that you can’t stop listening to?
The new A Wilhelm Scream album really rips. Code Orange Kids’ new one is very impressive as well, a very unique take on heavy music. I’ve been listening to a lot of David Bazan lately too. I was always a fan of his stuff with Pedro the Lion and I’m finally digging into his solo stuff, which is awesome.
Did any bands influence how you wrote the new album?
There are ideas written into the album that date back to 2011, so there have been a lot of bands throughout that time. I know I was listening to Mew a lot when I was trying to find new inspiration, and I think you can hear that in the rhythms that Scott and I play. I am always listening to The Appleseed Cast, and I definitely try to write like them when it comes to the pretty parts. Other than that, I think we just took bits and pieces of everything we like and worked it into our writing.
I know you are a huge wrestling fan. If you could write entrance music for one WWE star, who would it be for and why?
Tough question. Modern Era, CM Punk if his music wasn’t already perfect. Or Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Antonio Cesaro, maybe the Shield guys? I don’t know. I like a lot of wrestlers. Classic wrestlers, Shawn Michaels is my guy, but his music is already goofy enough that I couldn’t possibly make it better.