Wolf Eyes' John Olson Talks About the Importance of Music Communities

Wolf Eyes is among the most well-known bands to have come out of the world of noise music. But the act was never strictly noise; its music, even early on, included experiments in texture and atmosphere that could terrify and inspire. What started as Nate Young's solo project now also includes John Olson and Jim Baljo. In recent years, Wolf Eyes has taken a more coherent and focused approach to writing music, and its 2013 album, No Answer: Lower Floors, has more in common with industrial music, punk and metal than noise.

We spoke with Olson before the band's set this weekend at the Goldrush Music Festival about his affinity for local and regional music and the value of playing for no one.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.