A band that I have known for a while, Wars of Winter has been making great strides in the underground scene recently. I figured it was about time that I get ahold of Glen O'Keefe (guitar, drums) to see what they have been up to lately.
Wayfaerer-First off, could you give us some background info on the band?
Glen-We started around 1998, Released a promotional demo in 1999. And we released a newer promotional demo with new and improved songs on it. Not really much else to say, everything else is on the site.
W-How did you decide on the name "Wars of Winter"?
G-It was about a month after the band was started before we even thought about a name, I think I just came up with the name for no reason and decided to use it, I think it really suites the music though. We are obsessed with winter and other things that have the potential to kill, so that's were some inspiration came from for the name.
W-Who would you say your major influences are?
G-For me it would be Opeth, Katatonia and In Flames.
W-I heard you were looking for some more permanent members for WoW. Have you had any luck yet?
G-Not yet, We have talked to some drummers and bassists but none of them are interested, or they are already in a few bands of there own.
W-What's WoW been up to lately?
G-We are always working on new material, but for now we are sending out demo's to Magazine's, Webzine's and Radio Shows to get some promotion before we send the demo's to labels.
W-I saw that WoW is currently writing a concept album, any info that you can give out right now?
G-The new material is a bit more aggressive and melodic than the last demo, the vocals are better and the songs flow easier, it's starting to sound more along the lines of the My arms your hearse album by Opeth. Hopefully we'll get a label and be able to get our music out.
W-You guys have been making major strides since your first demo, any possible explanations for this?
G-On our first demo, we weren't familiar with the songs, most of them were written and arranged 8-10 days before the actual recording, so we didn't have a clue what to play half the time. We recorded the drums last (big mistake) and that caused them to be off time a lot, and we didn't even have a drummer. Today, we practice the songs a lot so that we know what to play, and we do the drums first and also use bass. So that improves a lot, we have also expanded the sound of WoW by adding acoustic guitars and different style vocals. At the first we didn't think WoW were going to go anywhere with the music so we didn't put a lot of effort into the recording's but now that we have gotten some notice, we put a lot of time into each second of recording.
W-Has there been any label interest in WoW?
G-As of yet, no. We have talked to a lot of different labels, all of them said that they were interested in the music, but we had to send demo's of to them first, so we are in the process of doing that now.
W-What is the ultimate goal of Wars of Winter in your opinion?
G-To tour different countries, sharing what we have to offer.
W-What have you been listening to lately?
G-Lately we have been listening to a lot of unsigned bands like Last Eve and some other not so big acts, but I've been listening to a lot of Opeth and Katatonia lately.
W-What's your favorite release of 2001 so far?
Opeth - Blackwater Park
W-Being an unsigned band, what's your take on mp3s?
G-Mp3 is like our 3rd member, and mp3.com is like our 4th. Mp3 is great, without it a lot of bands would not be able to get of the ground. The only thing I hate about mp3 is thing's like napster, I do use the program but as soon as a band finishs in the studio their music is available to all their fans, without them even buying the cd, but mp3 is good for unsigned bands and other bands that need some promotion.
W-Do either of you have any side projects that you play in besides WoW?
G-Nothing, of course we are open to do side projects with other musicians but we need to focus on our music first.
W-Besides WoW, what do you do for a living?
G-Till(vocals,guitar,bass,drums) goes to Ryerson University in Ontario, and I am still at a young age, no jobs at the moment.
W-I heard Till got to meet Mike Akerfeldt (Opeth), care to share anything?
G-I know that he got to talk with all of the members but for the rest of the story you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
W-This is starting to get a bit cliche with my interviews, but do you have anything else you'd like to say/plug?
G-Thanks for the interview and good luck with 666metal.com, I think it's a great page, and thanks for the promotion.
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