Traversing the musical realms, there’s an evocative quality to sounds that transport us back in time, to the heavy echoes of early 00’s British hardcore punk and metalcore. Let The Wolves In, with their enchanting blend reminiscent of stalwarts like Gallows, infused with Southern-style riffs, epitomizes this mesmerizing mix. Their captivating allure is on full display as they release their second EP, “Holy Smokes“, a testament to their evolution and prowess.
Additionally, glimpses from the “Sinner” video, captured through original photographs, further enhance the narrative, offering a visual storytelling element.
Diving into the world of Let The Wolves In is akin to embarking on a time-traveling musical expedition, with each track narrating a story, each riff resonating with emotions, and each lyric echoing a sentiment. “Holy Smokes” stands not just as an EP but a chronicle of their journey, experiences, and evolution.
Track by track commentary:
‘I’m Not Mad’ tells the story of a resilient, fun loving party goer that rarely faces consequence, and cares little when they do. They’re a beacon for lost souls, flocking to them for answers. All that’s on offer however is a good time; an opportunity for them to forget their troubles. Despite burning themselves out, the lost souls return, lacking the will to do any different.
This one is based on a friend and the characters that orbit around them (including at times myself). Woven throughout the lyrics are various words and phrases they’ve spoken over the years, as well as actual events.
Having been enthralled by series three of the TV show by the same name (minus ‘The’) I was compelled to write ‘Sinner‘. Matt Bomer gives a captivating performance as Jamie, a man unsatisfied living the typical template lifestyle: job, partner, house, baby, etc.
Convinced there’s more to it, he’s drawn to the theory of Übermensch (German for Superman); the idea that a person can become their own god, breaking free of conformity, and living by their own set of rules. Seeking extreme danger to the point of near death, they face the abyss and conquer fear.
All these themes are featured throughout the song (and I highly recommend the show).
‘Look No Further’ is about the loss of loved ones that battled with serious illness, and how we always carry them with us. Whilst writing this one I was thinking specifically about the family and friends in my own life that have passed over the years. This song is in tribute to them, whilst also featuring my contribution to the conversation of life after death.
A playlist of inspirations
For those curious to explore the influential artists and tracks shaping the soundscape of Let The Wolves In, a curated Spotify playlist is available below.
It’s a window into their musical soul, their inspirations, and the reverberations they seek to bring to life.