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THE YOUNG WEREWOLVES
Interview by Athena Schaffer

The Young Werewolves second album, Cheat The Devil is a howling good time indeed! From start to finish, you can’t sit still amid the twangy, infectious Psychobilly grooves and horror movie lyrics!

The Wolf Pack – drummer Jonny Wolf, bassist Shewolf Dana Kain and guitarist Wolfman Nick Falcon – all share howling, er, vo-kill duties. They’re joined this time around by none other than Sid Haig, who produced the album for the Pennsylvania-based trio.

 They’ve also made quite a presence on Youtube, including a Mini 3 Song Concert, their Halloween appearance on AMC Monsterfest, one of their rare B-side songs The Girl From Transylvania, and their cover of the 80’s Soft Cell classic, Tainted Love

After becoming addicted to their excellent Cheat The Devil cd, The Crowgrrl (Athena Schaffer) caught up with this feral trio to find out more! And in true Wolf Pack form, they all joined in.

Who does most of the songwriting for the band?

It's a team effort. Sometimes Jonny comes in with pieces of a song that he
sung into his cell phone. Other times Dana will work out a bass riff like
on "Curse of the Cocaine Mummies" (from our first album). Nick usually
fleshes out the harmonies.

Do the lyrics come first? Does the music come first? What is the
songwriting process like for you guys?

It depends on the song. We each write differently, sometimes, it's a solo
effort, sometimes a team effort. You have to have a good melody at the end
of the process and we try to make sure that happens.

How did you enlist Sid Haig to help with this project?

Sid has mad music chops. He's not just an actor. Although he makes for a
great devil on the CD artwork.

Was his spoken part in “Dr. Jeckyll And Mr. Hyde” pre-written for the
song, or did he come up with that part?

The narrated text was adapted from the novella "The Strange Case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," by Robert Louis Stevenson. It's one of the
climactic parts of the story. You should read it.

"Shapeshifter” is probably one of the most fun songs on the album. Any
stories behind it besides the obvious lycanthropic connection?

The working title of the song was "Rockin' on the Rooftop" but it, like
we, transformed from there!

Tell us a bit of background or inspirations for the title track?

It was all Jonny's music and Nick's lyric idea. The band took ownership
from there and "cheating the devil" became our battle cry.

” Gala Monster Rally” seemed to invoke images from Universal and Hammer classics – any comments?

Absolutely! We're big fans and love to pay homage whenever we can.

You don’t list your excellent cover of "Hungry Like The Wolf" on the
album cover – but you definitely put your own stamp on that! Why did you
keep it as a “hidden track”?

It's like a box of Cracker Jacks or Frankenberry with a real cool prize
inside.

Any video plans for any songs on the album?

We just shot a zombie prom video and stay posted for the packaging.

What’s your personal favorite song on the new album?

Dana's is "Mischief Night".
Nick's is "Run Away".
And Jonny's is "Guns, Guns, Guns".

Any stories behind the cover art?

We ripped apart our rehearsal space/living quarters to get the scene
right. We threw all our furniture out in the street and luckily hit the
lottery just before Sid showed up in character.

I know you have a handful of live dates booked, but any full-scale tour
plans on the horizon?

Right now the machine is balanced against the economy. The East Coast is
our main feeding grounds but if the machine picks us up the world may
never be the same.

What is your live show like?

A real live juke box with flesh, bones and raw meat shakin' at our feet,
and kickin' up ghouls all over the dance floor.

What are the Young Werewolves planning for Halloween?

We'll be live on the air in Philadelphia on Radio 104.5 FM. 5pm EST.
Then be hitting our regular haunt just up the street a spell for 3 sets of
hot rock.

What kinds of merch will you have available at the shows?

Belt Buckles, Wrist Bands, 3 different styles of T-Shirts, hoodies and
girlie T's, Stickers, buttons (plus a real cute Hello Werewolf a la Hello
Kitty design).

What do you do on your “down-time” on the road? Do you bring movies or
videogames? If so, which ones?

Lots of wine in-between feedings and a steady diet of punk, jazz, and
rockabilly.

How Hands-On are you with your Website and Myspace pages?

We keep our claws latched onto all the things that touch our fans the best
we can. When you contact us thru the website or myspace...you're getting
one of us. Not one of our evil bots.

Is there anything that I didn’t ask that you want to tell Creature Feature readers
about The Young Werewolves?

Look for a new look website and more howls and 'tweets.'