When both guitarists in your band call it quits, what you do?
While most bands would audition for a new one, former five-piece Cub Club, sat down for a KFC and decided one of them should have a go.
The remaining three members, drummer Sean Hughes, bassist Liam Sheard and singer Tom Gaffigan, ate their fried chicken and came to a decision.
Sean explained: “Through a combination of a lack of knowing any other guitarists that would want to play the weird ridiculous music that we like, and not wanting to ruin the dynamic of the three of us, we decided Tom should do it.”
The trio renamed themselves Beware Wolf and within just a few months Gaffigan found himself fronting the band at live gigs in Huddersfield.
“It was so scary at first, it was ridiculous,” he said.
“But as we’ve gone on I’ve got more comfortable playing with these two.
“I’m on a musical course at Huddersfield University, so I’m around people playing instruments, so picking guitar up was quite easy.”
The challenge of learning an instrument from scratch was not the only hurdle for the band.
“The scariest thing about the first few shows was that none of us had ever written songs before,” said Sean.
“We came together as non song-writers and the prospect of having to write songs was terrifying.
“Tom’s always done the lyrics but we’ve never done the music.”
They describe what they came up with as “mathy” and “energetic” in the mould of Foals meets Biffy Clyro.
Tom said his lack of experience with the guitar had actually led them down a more experimental path that suited their genre-mashing style.
He said: “Because I’ve not got any specific experience, everything’s kind of new so I don’t have any feelings that I’m missing out on anything or I’m being someone that I’m not. It’s completely fresh.”
Sean said: “One of the guys we used to play with in Cub Club was a phenomenal guitar player, so it’s really a testament to what Tom’s done and how we sound, that when he came to see us he commented, ‘you sound completely strange’, because Tom made up guitar chords that as a trained guitar player you would never think to use.”
Liam said: “I think it’s good because we’re not scared to try something a bit weird, a little bit different.”
Gaffigan admitted the unrestrained approach to writing music was initially a bit overwhelming.
“It was daunting at first,” he said, “as we thought people weren’t going to like it because it was quite weird.
“Now it’s fine and we’re trying to out-do ourselves by making it a little bit more obscure.
“As I’m getting better at my instruments I feel like the songs are getting better and better.”
With their early recordings already making it on to a compilation by record label Big Scary Monsters, the band said they were hopeful their efforts in 2012 would bring them more success.
Liam said: “We’ve been talking to labels but I don’t think there’s any real point properly talking to them until we have something to give them.”
Tom added: “Because I only started playing instruments last February we didn’t really know what we wanted in our first recordings, but we’ve really narrowed our sound down now so we need to get recording now we know what we want.”
Sean said: “Before, we’ve all played in bands where we’ve had one person write the song.
“In this one none of us are experts in our own field, so we all sort of chip in and create something that we all like.
“We’re all from different backgrounds so we’ve all got different tastes but when we put it together we generally kind of like it.”