Wails: Wintry, Wilcoesque, Worth Listening To

Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com.

Chances are you've never heard of local indie-rock newbies Wails. But chances are you've never heard of National Snack Food Month either; that doesn't make it any less awesome.

Wails is an occasionally mysterious and wintry (in a good way) trio, with the gumption of at least a four-piece and a surprising knack for neatly packing a stadium-ready sound into the core of each song. They are, without question, our favorite band this week. You can't listen to their EP and not think that they just might be headed in the right direction, even if you're not quite certain exactly which direction that is.

So we caught up with threesome and had them give some words to us in response to some words we gave to them. Hit the jump to read all about OK Computer, Giga Pets and whether or not the Houston rock scene is too saturated with talent these days.

Rocks Off: The standard Artist of the Week opener: Tell everyone everything they'd ever need to know about the band in exactly six words.

Wails: A Houston band worth listening to.

RO: How many times did you all listen to OK Computer while making the EP?

W: 57 and a half times to be exact. [laughs]. We also listened to Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot more times that we are willing to admit, though in reality it's probably not that obvious when you listen to the EP, is it? Influences aside, we really work hard and continue to develop a sound of our own, hence the reason for releasing an EP first as opposed to a full-length.

Wails EP cover.jpg
RO: The other day we were cleaning out the junk closet at our house and found a Giga Pet. Remember those? God, people are dumb. Sometimes we hate life. We think that's why we enjoyed "Dead Metaphor" so much, even though it was for less obvious reasons than the life-death thing. Talk a bit about that song, will you? Also, you're welcome to talk about Giga Pets as well.

Wails, "Dead Metaphor"

W: God, Giga Pets... those things truly were mind numbing, weren't they? Do they still make them or have they been replaced by an iPhone app? Anyway, glad you enjoyed "Dead Metaphor." The song is basically about wasting a lot of time on something that seemed meaningful at first but loses its value over time.

It could apply to many aspects of your life, but I guess explained in simple terms is kinda like watching Lost, reading Harry Potter or playing with Giga Pets.

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