What happens when you take members from three different local rock bands and force them to play together? The answer in this case is a cross between surf rock,, psychedelic, and punk music. We met up with Chika and the Wolves and talked about the start of the band, writing music, and playing drums like a cave-woman.
How did Chika and the Wolves get started?
Eric: John and I lived in a place called the Meatgrinder and I was feeling inspired to write new kinds of music. I was playing crusty, heavy, doomy, stuff; I wanted to play something that was fun. I started writing riffs, the song we always open with, “Boogie Boogie Boogie Banshee”, is the first riff I wrote before the band started. I showed it to John, and we started jamming. About a year later we turned it into a band.
John: eric and I jammed a bit, but we couldn’t figure out a drummer situation. Steph from Love Tunnels showed a little bit of interest, and we kind of pushed her, forced her into, the band.
Steph: That is not how it happened at all. All I remember is little man voices in my ear saying “We want to start a surf band.” and “play in a surf rock band” finally I just said ok.
Eric: I don’t think that is how it happened either.
Steph: Well that’s how I remember it.
Is their a certain sound you are trying to go for?
Eric: It started primarily as a surf rock band. We all have punk and rock influences.
John: Its kind of a bunch of styles conjumbled into one sound.
Eric: It wasn’t that we couldn’t decide on a sound, its that we didn’t want to narrow about writing music.
Steph: We want to do it all, I love the psychedelic sounding songs. I describe myself as cave a woman; at least that’s how I feel when I play the drums; its fun making the boom noises.
John: our main goal is just to jump around and have fun making music.
How does song writing go?
Eric: Extremely sporadic
Steph: Sometimes Eric will be playing a riff and I will just start fucking around on the drums and Eric stops and forces me to remember what I just played.
John: I try and write stuff and they will tell me to shut up and play bass.
Eric: John will write things and it sparks ideas in my head. We each take each others ideas and teak them until it makes a song.
Are you going to record anything in the future?
John: We want to start recording some demos.
Eric: We kind of have to because our friends are starting to demand it.
If you could change anything about Rochester music scene what would it be?
Eric: I like it how it is. I like the diversity and its going to do what it has to do. Everyone does what they want to do and that’s what’s important.
John: We are in this internet age where people can listen to bands music before they see them live, and therefore a lot of people don’t go to shows anymore. I would like to get it back to the old days when you would actually have to go shows to learn about local music.