Die erste Show, die erste Platte und seine größten Einflüsse! Wir sprachen mit Wolfpack Bassist Kevin Coeur-Joly über seine Hardcore-Punk Roots und wie er zur Musik und Szene gekommen ist.
1Do you remember the first hardcore / punk show you went to? Is the club still open today?
I’m not really sure, but the one who I remember I know I was going to was a Death Before Dishonor show, with The Mongoloids, Lazare and Hard Times around 2010 in Paris. This show happened in a boat named « la péniche alternat » (One of the coolest venue we ever got in Paris). I think the club still exist but that boat moves from Paris and doesn’t really book hardcore shows anymore.
I went to a L’esprit du Clan/Backfire show in the suburbs of Paris (where I live) in 2006 but backfire cancelled the show in last minute. L’EDC just released their chapters 2 album, and I think this show/album really influenced me in my vision of my music in Wolfpack.
2What is your all-time favorite club or location?
100% « La Miroiterie » (Rest in Power), which is an old punk squat in Paris City (Menilmontant district). That was one of the wildest/dirtiest venue I ever knew and definitely my favorite! This one booked not only hardcore shows, but some different kind of underground music. That was for me the real spirit of hardcore in Paris: Free, Wild, Everyone welcomed, with a real outcast mentality.
This is actually closed, and now a shitty project for rich hipsters. Nothing punk anymore. I’m really sad of it.
3Do you remember the first hardcore / punk record you got?
Hatebreed, Rise of Brutality when I was 13. I bought it in a Saturn store in Germany during a student exchange.
4In your opinion what is the perfect hardcore show?
Small venue, packed, free, DIY, wild, with a cheap bar to hang out with your friends after the show. I’m not a huge fan of big venues or festival (except Ieperfest, which is definitely my favorite place to go for holidays years after years).
5What is your all-time favorite show you’ve played?
A Wolfpack show in Paris W/World of Pain, Disloyal, Backboned at la miroiterie back in 2K14. That was a last minute show I booked one week before it happened, with an all DIY spirit. Additional Time were supposed to play but sadly their van broke the night before the show. That was the first show of Backboned, and the last one of Disloyal (these bands don’t exist anymore but some of these guys now play in cool local bands like Mind Awake, Worst Doubt, etc…). Tickets where only 5e and we got more than 100 people that night!
It’s definitely one of my best memories with Wolfpack and my friends!
6Is there a show you missed in the past that still makes you angry that you could not be there?
Not really. The only show I missed that still makes me angry is a show that I couldn’t played with Wolfpack. That was that Ieper hardcore Pre Fest we headlined in 2015. I’m really really sad that I was blocked for professional reasons and couldn’t hit the stage with my Boyz this time. And of course, this show was wild as fuck ahahaha.
7What band would you like to see again?
Arkangel, I saw them five time already, and I always can’t wait to see them again and again.
8Is there a person who has influenced you especially in hardcore / punk?
Not someone in particular, but I’m really proud to have a lot of friends around France, who always booked shows, discussed with me, invited, shared and hanged out with me when I was young, to help me to grow up in HC.
9What are you top 3 hardcore-punk drummers / front men (women)?
- Frontmen: Stephen from Kickback, Baldur from Arkangel, and Brendan from The Rival mob.
- Drummer: Daniel from Turnstile/Praise, Nash from Nasty, DFJ from The Rival Mob.
10What is in your opinion the most underrated hardcore-punk band?
Hightower from France. This is more a punk rock/hardcore band than a traditional hardcore punk band, but they are definitely the most underrated European band I ever knew. Their two albums are fucking sick and these guys are one the best musicians I ever knew (their drummer, Romain, wrote and recorded all the drums parts of our new album LOATHE).
11Are there some newer bands you could mention?
There are too many cool new bands to mention but my love goes to Animal Club, Mind Awake, Clench Your Fist, Worst Doubt and Scourge.