The Rocks Off 200: We Were Wolves, Howlers at the Moon Tower

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.

The Rocks Off 200: We Were Wolves, Howlers at the Moon Tower
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Who? This here digital chat with We Were Wolves marks the end of an era. It's No. 200 in the Rocks Off 200. (Collect 'em all.) We wanted to close out with a bang, or a roar, or a howl, so we asked a band that could oblige us on all three counts. The Wolves make music that is sweaty, greasy, grooving, in-your-face and really fuckin' loud.

Most recently, WWW (dot awesome) were one of the standouts of last weekend's Yes, Indeed festival; after their late-night set at the Continental, it's a wonder the club didn't have to order all-new glassware. We remember catching them early on upstairs at the old Mink, so long ago they might still have lived in Beaumont. Rest assured, they're still up to their wicked ways on Wolf House, the second full-length LP they released last December.

At the Yes, Indeed! festival
At the Yes, Indeed! festival
Photo by Violeta Alvarez

Home Base: The Wolves enjoy hanging out in Third Ward, rehearsing at Francisco Studio, performing at Warehouse Live and Fitz downstairs, and drinking at Voodoo Queen and Double Trouble. (In case the multitude of new arrivals to Houston is wondering where all the cool people are hanging out.)

Good War Story: For a band with more than a little ZZ Top baked into its foundations, it figures La Grange would come up. In the Wolves' case, that's where their van broke down on the way back home from SXSW one year.

We were stranded with no money, a broken van and full trailer. If you've ever had to get your van towed, the cost of towing the trailer too is insane. Basically, we [were] fucked.

All of the sudden a gold Tahoe pulls up and out jumps a customer from my old job in Beaumont. We tell him our situation, and he says to throw the trailer on his hitch and he will tow it back to Beaumont for us! It was crazy.

He was almost to Austin to see a concert and saw us on the side of the road and turned around to bring us back. What a good dude. It was unbelievable. Anyways, me and Zach rode back to BEAUMONT with this guy and the other dudes got the van towed to Austin and sold it for scrap. Good times.

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Why Do You Stay In Houston? "We stay in Houston because we enjoy our lives here," says Haught. "We come from a place where people don't give a shit. It's hard being from a small town and want to play music instead of work at a plant or a law firm or something. Those things are great but not everyone wants that in life.

"It's not that it's easier in Houston, or that even more people care," he continues. "There are just more opportunities to keep working the way we want. We could have moved anywhere but we like it here."

Music Scene Pet Peeve: We don't have a music scene pet peeve," Haught declares. "We don't care about what other people are doing. It's none of our business. If anything, just be a nice person to each other. Were all eating the same shit."

Five Desert Island Discs:

  • Thin Lizzy, Jailbreak
  • Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf
  • Pink Floyd. Animals
  • The Beatles, Please Please Me
  • Mastodon, Crack the Skye

Best Concert You Ever Saw: Beaumont did not get all that many shows when Haught was in his teens, but the Foo Fighters fan did manage to see Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders when they came to Antone's there.

"I never had the money or a way to go see [Foo Fighters] whenever they came through Texas, so this was the closest I could get," explains Haught. "He was an amazing drummer and his band killed. There was like 15 people in the crowd, so it seemed like a private show or something. It was a great night."

First Song You Fell In Love With: "Dreams," Fleetwood Mac - "My mom always played Rumors in the car and stuff," remembers Haught. "I'm not sure why, but ever since then I've had a love for this song."

We Were Wolves play the Moon Tower Inn (3004 Canal) Thursday, September 25 with special guests Turbogeist and the Trimms. The Rocks Off 200 will return in a somewhat different incarnation soon...it's been real.

See the rest of the Rocks Off 200, and the Rocks Off 100's 2013 alumni, on the next page.

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