The Hate has changed its name to Wiredogs. Since we last heard from the band, the guys have been hard at work on a new EP, which is slated for release sometime this fall. The Resistance, which was recorded at Black in Bluhm by Chris Fogal, is even more aggressive than Authors, its predecessor, according to frontman Dan Aid.
"We're homing in on a sound right now. It's really exciting. You still get a mix of the sort of rock and punk that lives on Authors, but it's going somewhere now," declares Aid. "I think listeners are just going to have a really good fucking time listening to this record. We put more of ourselves into this record than any artistic project I've ever been a part of in my life."
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The outfit also has a new timekeeper to go along with its new name and new EP: Stefan Runstrom, formerly of Tickle Me Pink. The act has been searching for an equally aggressive drummer to lock in their lineup since forming two years ago. Live, the group played shows with a number of different drummers before adding Runstrom to the fold.
"The drums are the backbone of any record," notes Aid. "Whoever plays the drums, their personality affects every personality you put on top of it. Stefan's a young punk kid. You hear that. You hear his angst. When you watch him, you see it in his face, and in the way he plays. He's the most aggressive motherfucker on the drums. We were missing a drummer, but more importantly, I think the band was missing Stefan."
Although the band has been known as the Hate for the past two years, the members felt that the handle didn't accurately represent them. What's more, they wanted a name that grabbed people's attention by the collar. And so after much debate, they whittled it down from 200 possible names, always going back to Wiredogs. It's a nickname for Marines who set up telephone wires in the 1920s, a working-class history the band found compelling and inspiring.
"Any time you change names, you risk alienating fans that have grown with you under that initial title," Aid points out. "Ultimately, we really feel that the band is more about who the four of us are as people and what our songs are about. Wiredogs doesn't represent any sort of departure from who we are or what we stand for; it just represents who we are right now, and where we want to go as a band."
The new record is also a better representation of where the band is right now. Unlike the act's first album, Authors, The Resistance was funded with a Kickstarter program, taking just twenty hours to open a door to the recording, a luxury the band didn't previously have. Authors was a seven-month project, while The Resistance was a manic three and a half weeks.
"The process was faster, which allowed us to not overanalyze moments," says Aid. "I think if you overanalyze things too much, you can end up ruining something that was really cool, because a lot of times the best moments when you're recording aren't perfect. They're kind of fucked up and weird, but it just feels right," said Aid.
Recording at Black in Bluhm studios with Fogal gave the band an edge and insight that wasn't stirred into its former sound. "Chris knows when it's good, and when it's kind of fucked up, and fucked up in a bad way, and fucked up in a good way," Aid explains. "He's confident in what he does, and it gives you confidence to give really great performances."
Instead of recording drums, bass, guitar and vocals separately, the guys recorded with all four in the studio at once, making it a tighter collaboration. "If we fucked up, we are going to go fix this. We're doing this together," says Aid. "I think that comes across on the record; it just drives the record in this really cool way."
After busting out tracks with Fogal, Aid and company took the tracks to Jason Livermore at the Blasting Room, and he put the final mixing touches on The Resistance. The EP doesn't have an official release date yet, but the outfit hooked us up with a track from the record to give you a taste of what's to come. Check out "Chelsea Hotel," from The Resistance.
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