Schools on the East Coast are closed on February 1st, 2021. Is this for the snow storm or the two new songs by the Virginia-based synth-heavy alternative band Azure Wolf dropped today? We may never have a clear answer. We do, however, hope you'll spend the day warm, romantically sipping soup out of a clay mug, and playing these gorgeous, dark, and atmospheric tunes on repeat until the snowplow comes by.
1. What can you tell us about the song?
“Pieces / Both Hands” are releasing as an A/B single on February 1st. These songs are incredibly special to us and an intimate look into Azure Wolf. We decided to go on a writers retreat to a cabin in the mountains a couple weeks back. We ended up writing “Both Hands” and recording both of these songs together. Our guitar player, Isaac Foltz, produced, mixed and mastered both of these songs. We even took the cover photo of the singles right outside the cabin, so this “Cabin Session” release is purely Azure Wolf, start to finish.
2. What was the process of creating the song?
“Pieces” was one that we had already written before getting to the cabin. We had parts we needed to flesh out, but the bones of the song were already there. Lyrically, the song came from a long look through personal patterns of taking advantage of other people’s feelings. The phrase, “You only think you love me”, is deeply personal and comes from a fear that people can only love the idea of someone and not the real them.
“Both Hands” was written inside of the cabin and really reflects our rock and roll roots. The heavy bass tones, haunting guitar and deep anthem-rock drums are everything that drives us. This release is fun because it shows our dark, witchy side and our vulnerable, introspective side.
3. What was the most surprising thing about the process?
It was surprising to discover how capable we are of being self-sufficient. The music industry is so difficult because there are so many moving parts and hands that want to be in control of things. Production has always proved to be a struggle for us to get done, so it was revolutionary to find we can start to do this ourselves.
4. If you had to dedicate the song to someone, who would it be and why?
Honestly, I think these ones go out to the fans who have been waiting patiently for us to release more music. These songs lend true to our vision and sound, so it feels good to have something out there that defines us a little bit.
5. Where does the new release fit into the timeline of your musical journey so far?
This one is special to us. We haven’t released anything since March, so it feels empowering to not only release a double single, but one that we had complete control over. I think it’s the beginning of a new era for us.
6. What can fans expect next, musically or otherwise?
We have so much coming up in the next year. These releases are our bon voyage into 2021, which is just the beginning of a string of new releases. Our next one will be in early spring, so look out for that single titled, “Black Fur”.
7. What do you do when you're not making music?
As a band, we love to just hang out and be with each other. Taking a weekend to write in a cabin, playing corn-hole, jamming out new ideas or just having a chill movie night; we just love to be with each other and grow as a unit.