We had the chance to interview Steve Cobucci with Wolves at the Gate.
AnchorRob: Congratulations on the release of VxV today.
Steve: Thank you very much.
AnchorRob: Where did the name VxV come from?
Steve: It is a military reference. They have a rating system. The first five are orders and second five is clarity of signal. The Gospel message is the best. We are trying to get a clear message.
AnchorRob: Where did the name Wolves at the Gate come?
Steve: It comes from Acts 20:24-32. Paul left a group of people and told them to be on your guard. It is an ironic name. I said this passage on the end of a track on our EP. We want to proclaim the truth of Christ and tell the lost flock.
AnchorRob: I like how you guys take the Gospel serious.
Steve: This is a great opportunity to spread the Gospel.
AnchorRob: What is the message of the band?
Steve: To spread the Gospel. We have a great Christ. We want people to see the true character and nature of God and not what the media portrays him as. We want non-believers to know Christ and believers to continue growing.
AnchorRob: I know you mentioned in one of your latest studio updates that the Gospel isn’t boring.
Steve: We have a God of infinite love. What will we be doing in heaven? We will be singing to God. How Marvelous is my favorite hymn.
AnchorRob: The last Psalm talks about making a joyful noise. There are people in my church that don’t believe what I listen to honors God.
Steve: There have been people that read our lyrics and like us. When they hear us it is different. I want to write powerful music for the kids that won’t come to church.
AnchorRob: This reminds me of what For Today talks about when music doesn’t have a message.
Steve: I grew up listening to music that didn’t have meaning.
AnchorRob: How does VxV show musical growth compared to Captors?
Steve: We have learned more about what feels best by playing Captors. Playing and learning from other bands. I didn’t know how the record came out. It was by God’s grace.
AnchorRob: That sounds similar to my interview with Loud Harp. You can’t force things.
Steve: When I force things they end up not on the record.
AnchorRob: How was your experience with Will Putney?
Steve: It was great. He is a cool guy with a great attitude. He understands bands. He let’s bands sound good. He has great input. I live close to the studio. I hangout with these guys. Randy Leboeuf helped out. They are hard workers.
AnchorRob: While doing my research I noticed that I have listened to many albums done by him.
AnchorRob: What are the plans for the rest of the year?
Steve: We are on our CD release tour and playing festivals. We will be on a run with August Burns Red in July, which I am excited about. We get to learn from them. I am getting married in August, so there aren’t any plans.
Steve: Thank you.
AnchorRob: Who has been your favorite band to tour with?
Steve: Musically or hanging out with?
Steve: Musically is I the Mighty. They have awesome music and are great guys. Hanging out is The Orphan, The Poet. They are a hometown band that we have had so much fun with and good memories. We have played in some crazy venues.
AnchorRob: I used to be a roadie in Houston. I know what parts of town to not visit.
Steve: The last time we were in Houston. One of the guys from I, the Mighty got their wallet stolen at gunpoint. Walters is the big venue in Houston.
AnchorRob: I noticed you guys have been posting acoustic songs on your Youtube. Are there any plans for an acoustic album?
Steve: We have talked about doing an acoustic album before we are signed. It is getting near that time.
AnchorRob: I noticed in Dead Man the lyrics were changed.
Steve: I alter the lyrics where Nick screams and add a melody. This is a different experience.
AnchorRob: Thank you for your time. VxV will be my first 5 out of 5 review.
Steve: Thank you. I’m going to load in gear.