Back in action with a bubbling passion that pours over throughout their electric stage performances, To Speak Of Wolves are going over the edge to create a sound of their own while bringing to life an inclusive territory for fans to join them on their throne. After a break that only made the band stronger upon return, To Speak of Wolves is steadily on the verge of making a major impact over the years to come. Upon the success of their most recent release, ‘Dead in The Shadow’, I caught up with lead vocalist, Gage Speas, to discuss the creative process behind the album, his favorite post-show grub, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is To Speak of Wolves?
Hey everyone, my name is Gage Speas. I’m the lead singer of the band To Speak Of Wolves. We’re a four piece band on Solid State Records. I guess you could say we’re most known for our live show. We tend to get a little out of hand!
Congrats on the release of ‘Dead In The Shadow’. If you could metaphorically affiliate the albums characteristics to those of an animal, which animal would you choose and why?!
Thank you so much! Yeah, that’s a great question I’ve never been asked that before. I’d say it would be a lion because lions destroy their prey. This record sounds like that to me; it’s relentless, fast, and powerful, yet gives you time to catch your breath to where you think you’re safe.
If any of our readers have never been to North Carolina, what tourist attraction do you recommend for them to visit most and why?!
Well none of us actually live there anymore. Two of us live in Nashville and the other two in Baton Rouge. But! Wrightsville Beach, NC is amazing. Trolly Stop has the best hotdogs ever. If you’re coming to Nashville, you gotta get hot chicken at Big Shakes! And if you’re headed to the swamp, swing by Brick Yard. Best bar in town!
What is your ultimate post-show meal after rocking the stage?
Oh God! Hmmmmm honestly a #9 Santa Fe Burrito smothered in red and green chili, from Twisters in Albuquerque, NM. It’s pretty much the best thing in the world. Besides an iced americano with white mocha and cream. Seth (our bass player) and I are huge coffee addicts. Gotta stop at the ‘ol Starbucks everyday.
If you had no budget to get any tattoo in the world by any artist in the world, what would you get tattooed and which tattoo artist would you choose?
Dude, yes! Love this question. My buddy and I were actually talking about this the other day. I’d go to Barcelona and have Roger Mares zap my back. I’d get a huge silverback gorilla, showing off his fangs, wearing a crown of thorns. Across my shoulders, it would say “1 on 1,000”. It’s line from one of my favorite Oh, Sleeper songs. And then I’d go to Portland and have Gregory Whitehead finish my left arm.
What is your perception of the current state of Christian Metal?
I hate it, and I want no part of it. I just think bands should get on stage and play. I don’t know if it really helps to do a 10-minute sermon during your set, especially at a Christian festival. I wish it would just phase out, to be honest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Christian. But To Speak Of Wolves isn’t a Christian band. Not all of us believe in God. I think if you want to tell someone about God, instead of doing a shotgun blast of scripture and your life story from the stage, just go talk to people, hear their stories, hear about their pain, their wants and dreams. Develop a real relationship with them, because that’s all people want is a real connection. They paid their hard earned money for a ticket, and just want to unwind. They don’t want life lessons from some 22-year-old kid, who most likely won’t even believe in some of those things a few years from now. I’d say 90% of bands that call themselves a Christian band, are doing it because they can make good money from the Christian markets. Very little about their lifestyle separates them from other bands.
How old were you when you first began creating music? What has been the greatest lesson that you have learned ever since you began?
I think I was probably in elementary school. It was when I was around nine or ten that my uncle gave me a guitar and I would sit in my room and just make noise for hours. I’d put on Refused or Earth Crisis and pretend I was playing guitar and headbang till I felt light-headed hahaha. Then I saw Blindside when I was 14, and I was like “Yeah, I want to be a frontman.” I think the greatest lesson I learned is, you’re only as good as the band you’re surrounded by. The dudes in my band are unreal and are always pushing to be better. That really inspires me and pushes me to grow to be a better frontman
If you could collaborate on one track with any musician either dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Gosh, that’s a tough question! Probably Kurt Cobain or Keith Buckley. I recently started listening to Every Time I Die. And Keith quickly turned into one of my favorite lyricists. I think writing a song with him would be fun. But Kurt is just my hero.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Of course! Thank y’all so much for the support, jamming the single, and for pre-ordering the new record! I know I speak for the entire band when I say we can’t wait to see y’all on this next tour! And also, thank you Tattoo.com for the interview and the support. I really appreciate it and had a ton of fun with these questions!