INTERVIEW: Brandon Roman (To Live As Wolves) Talks New EP ‘Breakneck Road,’ Working with Davey Muise

When someone like Davey Muise, the vocalist of Boston hardcore band Vanna, takes a chance on a band, you have to figure they’re worth paying attention to. Meet To Live As Wolves, a post-hardcore band out of Staten Island who are bringing back that melodic but still heavy emo-influenced sound. They’re set to release their new EP tomorrow, Breakneck Road, and it’s definitely one you need to hear. But before you do, get some insider info from TLAW vocalist Brandon Roman right here!

How was working with Davey Muise?

It’s awesome being able to work with someone that I’ve actually looked up to as an influence for a really long time. He’s such a great guy. He pushes me in ways that I’ve never thought of. I was just a fan. We handed him our CD and he asked if he could work with us on the next one and I could never say no to something like that.

Do you hope to work with him more in the future?

Yeah, I think that’d be awesome! I think we might be trying to set something up.

What song are you most excited about for the new EP?

“Stalemate” [feat. Davey  Muise] is probably more my type off the EP. It’s the first song that the lineup we have now wrote all together.

If you had to sum it up, what would you say Breakneck Road is about?

Letting go of your past and looking past doubt, looking past hope and just going for whatever you’ve wanted.

I’ve actually seen you guys play The Place in Brooklyn and The Overspray for the Not So Summer Slam Festival in Staten Island. What’s your favorite venue to play?

Thank you! That’s a tough one. Gotta be honest, it might just be because it always reminds me of home, but Dock Street in Staten Island, the first place we’ve ever played, where Summer Slam was [first] held. There was a basement part of it that nobody actually uses anymore, but that’s the place I miss the most to be honest.

What do you think sets To Live As Wolves apart in the local New York scene?

We don’t really try to box ourselves in or try to appeal to just one type of person. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but a lot of people in the New York scene really love heavy hardcore–fast beatdown stuff. And you know, we love that stuff ourselves, but we don’t want to just be that. We have so much more depth.

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“There’s no need for there to be a barrier between us and people”

Who would you ideally love to tour with?

I would love to tour with Vanna. They’re cool dudes, I’ve seen ‘em a bunch of times and they’re awesome. I mean they just came back, but Underoath. I’d die if I got to do that. Like how could you not like Underoath? I would love to tour with Dance Gavin Dance. And this might sound strange, but I’d love to play with Comeback Kid. I love that band.

What else do you hope to accomplish in 2016?

Get out on the road, meet new people. Just push this EP to anyone who wants to hear it.

Where would you like to tour that you haven’t been yet?

I definitely want to go down to Florida and out to California. Just anywhere, to be honest.

If there’s one thing you want people to know about To Live As Wolves, what would it be?

We’re just like everybody else. Come hang out with us, come talk to us, there’s no need for there to be a barrier between us and people.

What does it mean to you to “live as a wolf”?

Wolves are very pack-oriented creatures. They stick together and look out for their own. Together in a pack is where you’re all striving for one goal and helping each other.

It’s definitely a lot about community, that genre of music.

For sure. I believe that’s the most important part about all of this. To reach out and hang out with different people. We’re all freaks and weirdos so it’s cool when freaks and weirdos hang out.

You know what’s funny? Davey Muise actually said pretty much the exact same thing when we interviewed him.

That’s hilarious. Must be something to it, then!


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