The South has always been a breeding ground for up-and-coming hardcore and post-hardcore acts. A Wolf. A Liar. is no exception. Hailing from Edmond, Oklahoma, the six-piece band has a great following on Facebook.
If nothing else the band is professional; an important trait for any unsigned band hoping to “make it big.” The band is also made up of talented and passionate musicians, who have a good ear for what works in the industry. We talked to the band to learn a little bit more about what they do.
Dalton Lott – Screaming vocals/keys
Tanner Thurman – Clean vocals/keys
Kevin Webb – Guitar
Ray Duker – Guitar
Cole Paul – Bass
Dylan Johnson – Drums
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What brought you guys together as a band?
Well, we all had a passion for music and love playing it. We all agree on our taste in music and we all play it because we love it. But we all specifically met via Facebook and friends of friends.
What is your local music scene like?
The music scene has gotten better over the months; it used to be really judgmental. There are tons of venues though, but a select few are actually good. You can often find us at The Conservatory in Oklahoma City, we play a large majority of our shows in OKC there.
What do you mean by “judgmental?”
There are a lot of people that we have encountered, mainly over Facebook, who like to talk down upon our’s and other’s music because it isn’t what they like. It’s silly, really, just let people do their own thing!
What do you think are some of the biggest challenges you face as a band?
The “hate” that we receive from some, but we have learned that when you are in the public eye it is a necessity to grow thick skin and just not let things bother you.
What bands have had a big influence on your style?
We all come from slightly different backgrounds of music but in the end we can all always agree on some bands, and it seems that those bands have inspired us the most to be the best that we can be so one day kids can look up to us one day as well. We all really enjoy bands like, The Devil Wears Prada, The Plot In You, The Word Alive, and Woe, Is Me.
Any unusual influences?
We all have a thing for really attractive girls, like Lights and Katy Perry, we all really like to jam out to them. We also all like a lot of bands like Listener and Circa Survive, they all really inspire us to stray from the mold of a specific genre.
What do you think makes your band unique?
It seems like a lot of bands around today have some sort of message they want to convey, whether it is love, or brotherhood, or respect, there’s nothing wrong with it, but we just make music because we like to. We’re not here to spread to you the words of a Messiah or anything like that, we just want to have fun, and make sure that the people who hear us and see us live have just as much fun too.
What are some of your biggest achievements as a band?
Playing with the bands that we consider to be our heroes, ones that we have been looking up to for years, as well as progressing as musicians in learning how to develop our own specific sound. Although our new studio release will be our biggest achievement yet.
Which bands have you played with that you look up to?
Our third show ever we opened up for Memphis May Fire on their release tour for “The Hollow.” We had all really liked them for a long time, actually, we wrote our song “Stay Golden, Pony Boy” specifically for that show, it’s more southern style. But other than that we have played alongside our good friends in Harp & Lyre, as well as Casino Madrid, To Speak of Wolves, and Outline in Color. We also received a chance to open for Dance Gavin Dance, isetmyfriendsonfire, and A Lot Like Birds, but sadly the tour was cancelled.
What are you working on now?
Currently, we are writing our new full-length album and working on some new big plans that will really help “get us out there” so that maybe we could play across the country and make new friends. We really can not wait to let everybody hear what is going on with us, we have matured and changed quite a bit in the past few months that we have been a band and since the release of our EP. Everyone can expect a really new, fresh sound from us in the future.
Are you guys planning a tour any time soon?
We have yet to tour, we’ve played out of state before, but never in a tour. Once we get everything finished with the full-length and we get our assets together we would be absolutely ecstatic to leave on a tour, it’s our dream, and we want to get a chance to meet all of the people who ask us to play in their state! Haha.
Check out the band’s Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/AwolfAliarband