By Trevor Morelli
CALGARY – Proclaimed top dogs of X92.9’s Xposure contest back in 2014, the pack of rockers behind A Day As Wolves found themselves in an enviable position. As Calgary’s new band-to-watch, their local notoriety expanded beyond the city’s boundaries and precipitated a ton of bookings and even a management deal with a California agency.
Problem is, it was all a bit much for a band that had only been together for less than a year at that point.
“We did a lot of shows in a short span of time. I think it burnt us out,” alpha vocalist and guitarist Andrew Eskesen recalls.
“We went across Canada and back, and even then we were playing local shows almost every week at one point. It was a bit ridiculous.”
In 2015, A Day As Wolves took a break, with the expectation that it would be a temporary pause in the action. Keeping busy was easy for Eskesen, who flexed his musical muscles with new projects like the psychedelic outfit Dead Emperor and indie rock/hip-hop fusion Fake Diamonds. Despite these tempting diversions, the band (rounded out by Kevin Kornelsen on drums, Kyle Eskesen on bass/synth, and Cameron Dawes on guitar) didn’t think their hiatus would last this long. After all, as Eskesen explains, they are driven by the comradery and good vibes that come from playing together.
“I think it’s just the need to want to play music together,” he says of the band’s reunion, which came together about three months ago.
“The scene is kind of starting to evolve again and we definitely wanted to be a part of that too.”
Propelled by two brand new singles, “Take Me Back” and “Bad Women” (both are out now), A Days As Wolves is looking to the future with fresh eyes and a new perspective on what it takes to motivate them as individuals as a collective.
“Just the musical inspiration is a big thing,” explains Eskesen. “I’m basically the sole writer for the band. I had the urge after playing pop and indie rock to get back into the real gritty kind of ‘70’s throwback style of rock ‘n’ roll.”
Come September, the Wolves are looking to retreat to the studio to record more material for a new album. It’s a welcome return from a band whose fans surely have an appetite for more of their jangly yet rebellious form of rock ‘n’ roll.
A Day As Wolves play August 3 at The Palomino (Calgary), August 4 at Inglewood Sunfest (Calgary), August 10 at The Aviary (Edmonton), August 11 at O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub (Regina), and September 11-13 at Rifflandia (Victoria)A Day as Wolves, Inglewood Sunfest, O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub, Rifflandia, The Aviary, The Palomino