A Ripple Conversation With Marina And Theo From Feed The Wolf

What have been your musical epiphany moments?


Marina : I’d say definitely our live shows. I’ve never felt music/songs in my music career so much. Performing our songs on stage always gives me shivers down my spine. So I just love every bit of our live shows. It leaves me feeling something magical each time.


Theo: Switching from a regular bass to a Bass VI (Bass Six) – it gives me extra higher notes so I’ve got more options to fill out the sound, which is pretty useful for adding intricacy to parts and thinking about my role in the band in a way I haven’t done before.


Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?


Theo: Usually a Feed The Wolf song will start with a guitar or bass riff - it might end up being a chorus, verse, middle eight etc or might even get dropped once the rest of the song comes together. Everyone is free to bring ideas to the table and to contribute though.


Who has influenced you the most?


Theo: I think we’d all agree that there are a lot of influences in there. There's big blues rock elements but there's also a bunch of punk influences. We’re always developing our sound too, so where you might hear Cream or Heart now, you might hear Siouxie and the Banshees or Slant 6 later.


Marina: PJ Harvey, Jack White stuff, Siouxie and the Banshees, some pioneers of blues like Skip James, some psych rock stuff like Brian Jonestown Massacre and so many more.


Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?

Marina: My unstoppable flying mind. I can write everywhere and anytime. I can easily detach myself from reality any moment and get connected to my subconscious mind and just dive into my own personal trance.


Theo: We often try to aim for a feel, like a smokey, dark room in Film Noir or the feeling of being really excited for something and then trying to write around that. Sometimes, a riff will just come to us. 


We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?


Theo: We all live in and around London. It's busy, vibrant and fast paced, but we’ve all got different backgrounds too, Marina is Russian, Steve grew up in South Africa, Matt’s English and my parents are from Cyprus.


Where'd the band name come from?


Theo: We’re all like wolves - scavengers, prowlers, always looking for something and protective of each other. The band gives us energy and motivation, it feeds us. It just kinda made sense.


You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?

Theo: Lost Highway

Marina : The latest Twin Peaks TV Series


You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?). You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?


Theo: 2112 by Rush. It's like 17 minutes long and there’s a lot to say, how it's structured like a rock opera with riffs and sonic motifs returning throughout the song to tie it all together (like a good rug). How it's lyrically so closely influenced by Ayn Rand’s book Anthem. Rand is a divisive author at the best of times and that’s quite a choice for Rush to have taken such a large influence from her.


Marina: PJ Harvey “To Bring You My Love”. It has always been my favourite song of all time. It starts with a muddy, dirty bass that leads the rest of the song like a snake, creating this atmospheric dark desert place. The lyrics tell a dark and beautiful story about deep obsessive love. I have lots of visions in my head every time I listen to it.


Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?


Theo: So, it's Steve’s birthday and we’re playing a show. He’ll get a cab home with his kit and I figure “hey he can take my stuff with him” and I leave him to it. A week later I get a call “Hey buddy I’m really sorry but I think I left your bass at the venue and its gone, I think its been stolen”. I freak out, my baby is GONE! I start putting the feelers out on socials, speak to the venue, they’re super apologetic but hey we’re the ones who left it there. I’m stressing out and then half an hour later I get a call - it's Steve. He has the bass. I’m overjoyed and asked where he found it! Did he have to fight a dude to get it back? Nah, it was his birthday at the show and he was so drunk he took it home and tucked it away and didn’t even remember he’d taken it home! Just shows, Steve’s always on point, whether he remembers it or not.


Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

Theo: It’s a massive rush, it's like electricity. We like to keep people engaged and keep the energy up. We love playing and performing in front of people.


Marina: I guess, first of all, playing a live show is an engagement. Is an immersive experience where everyone gets connected on an energetic level.


What makes a great song?


Theo: I feel that great songs have great hooks, now I don’t necessarily mean that in an obvious way, some songs take some time and multiple listens before you realise how great they are but I believe a great song is more than the sum of its parts.


Marina: I like dynamic songs made from different stardust parts and awesome bridges. Songs that immediately create a picture, a dream or a strong vision in your head. Music is a powerful form of escapism. Whenever I feel bored and can’t physically escape, I just grab a pen and write lyrics. It relaxes me and gives me strong emotions and sometimes adrenaline.


What one single album do you wish that you'd written or performed on, and why?


Theo: Static Age by The Misfits, it's my favourite album by my favourite band.


What piece of your music are particularly proud of?


Theo: A Place to Hide, we liked it so much we named our new EP after it. There’s a a lot going on dynamically, it's got a tight groove in the verse with a prechorus that ramps up hard to a stop-start chorus. 


Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?


Theo: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – they’re an amazing genre-bending band that can play anything from garage rock to mictro-tonal, eastern-twinged psychedelia to a concept album in the style of a 1960s spaghetti western sound track. They are ALWAYS putting out new music and even bootleg their shows for people to have. Honestly they’re incredible and are maybe the hardest working band around.


Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice? Theo: Vinyl, I’m cool with digital but I like having a physical copy and I like the larger format of vinyl records.


Marina : Can I say tapes and CDs? I’m a 90’s kid. Actually, tapes!!

Theo: Vinyl, I’m cool with digital but I like having a physical copy and I like the larger format of vinyl records.


 Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice


Marina: 2 beers to begin with and then whiskey all night long!

Theo: Beer for a laugh, whiskey for a cry.


We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?

Theo: It's London, England. Loads of good record stores, check out Rough Trade, Third Man London, Reckless Records and Sister Ray.


Marina: I’m from Riga (Latvia) - go to the old part of Riga, it’s a beautiful walk and find the record store called “Randoms”. I used to buy my records there.


What's next for the band?


Theo: Gigs, festivals, we just released our debut EP and are already putting tracks together for the next one!


Marina: A new single and a new music video!


Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?


Theo: Go check out our new EP, it's called “A Place to Hide”. While you’re at it, come find us on Facebook and Instagram and if you live in or around London, come see us. We’re always gigging and looking to play to new people. Our gigs are always listed on our social media pages.



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