SUNRAY MAGAZINE has the pleasure to interview to vocalist “AJ Diaferio” of Rock band “We’re Wolves”, first burst on to the music scene with their cover of Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff,” which garnered a huge response for the band, with over 1.6 Million views on YouTube, and 675K streams on Spotify. We’re Wolves is a dark-humored, horror-loving, energetic blend of metal subgenres and hard rock.
Their debut album “Evil Things” in 2021, with features from Bryan Kuznitz of Fame On Fire and Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills.
SUNRAY: How Did You Meet?
AJ: We all met in the back alley of our local guitar center playing a high-stakes game of Cee-lo. Just kidding, we’ve all played shows over the years together in various different failing bands. We have all been friends for years and over time, one by one, everyone gravitated toward this project. Here we are years later and still going strong as not only band members, but also good friends.
SUNRAY: Who Are Your Biggest Influences?
AJ: We all have very different tastes when it comes to music. We have a prog metal guy, a sleazy hair metal guy, a classic heavy metal guy, and a pop punk/deathcore guy. The bands we all seem to agree on are legends like Metallica, Rob Zombie, slipknot, papa roach, limp bizkit, avenged sevenfold, falling in reverse, Sum 41, Iron Maiden, and Motley Crue. If you listen really closely to our music you can hear those influences peak through.
SUNRAY: Why We’re Wolves?
AJ: I have always been a big fan of satire, and growing up my two favorite all-time films were An American Werewolf in London and Teen Wolf. The juxtaposition between horrific nightmare fuel and zany outlandish comedy describes a lot of what we all agreed would be our identity. The name just seemed to fit that idea perfectly.
SUNRAY: Your debut album “Evil Things” in 2021, can you talk to us about it?
AJ: It came out and people seemed really receptive to it, but that was then and now we have to make more music.
Truth be told that album was a nightmare to put together, and leaves a bad taste in our mouths. We went through a torturous time as a band creating it, that being said I personally feel like it’s a work of art that you can really feel the turmoil bleed through.
SUNRAY: On this Album, collaborated Bryan Kuznitz of Fame On Fire and Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kill, how was that Experience?
AJ: Both Bryan and Spencer have been close friends of mine for a number of years. Bryan produces our music and said we should consider featuring Spencer, so I made the call and in a matter of days, we had his vocal stems. Spencer’s always been a big supporter and good friend. I’ve looked up to him in a lot of ways. His drive and determination are unlike anyone I’ve ever seen, and it’s honestly kept me going over the years. Bryan is the reason that we’re wolves is who it is, he has helped craft and curate this concept with me since our second year as a project. Without his guidance and brilliant ear, I don’t know where we would be. So to have both of them on a debut full-length is just the cherry on top.
SUNRAY: Tell us about the new single “Titanium”
AJ: it’s a metal song about a type of metal filled with hateful lyrics about a past band member that we loathe. A lot of this song came from a series of inside jokes that we NEVER thought would become an actual song. Take the name for example, I turned to my guitarist Tony and said “you know what would be super metal? Yelling Ti-Fucking-tanium! Before a breakdown” that apparently set off something in his brain, and next thing you know I had a file in my Dropbox labeled “titanium rough” and I was like “oh wow I guess we’re doing this huh?” The rest is history. This song was created from a place of fun and friendship for a song that’s soooo “f*** you I hope you die” hahaha
SUNRAY: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
AJ: it goes without saying but when you think of the biggest band in metal it’s Metallica. That’s it, Metallica would be a dream come true and a sign that we’ve arrived.
SUNRAY: What Next for the band?
AJ: lots of new music. Can’t get into any specifics, but there’s a lot of new music and content on the way.
SUNRAY: Where we can find you?
AJ: we mostly hang out on Instagram @werewolves_fl in the bio you can find a link to all our goodies.
Interview by Maria Fernanda Capici
Special thanks Tori Kravitz, Senior Publicity Manager.
Photo by Arthur Lucena (@arthurshotyou)
Photo by Roberto Badillo / @SpinStyle