Joyous Wolf Release Flashy Video for ‘Quiet Heart’ — Exclusive Premiere + Interview
For those rock and roll fans who have a taste for nostalgia but a craving for something new, look no further than Joyous Wolf. The young, four-piece group from Los Angeles offer the perfect balance for old souls seeking a modern kick, and they have a new video out for the song "Quiet Heart."
Their debut EP Place in Time came out in April. While influences spanning from the '70s to the '90s are definitely present, the collection of songs are unique enough that these guys can't be negatively labeled as ripping anyone off whatsoever. It's refreshing — and seeing as they've opened for Slash on several tours, Buckcherry and are currently out with Deep Purple, they're obviously doing something right.
"Quiet Heart" is one of the more melodic songs on the EP, giving vocalist Nick Reese a soft background to wail over in the verses. The video offers a contrast of darkness along with flashing, colorful lights, and you can also get an idea of Reese's energetic stage presence.
We had the chance to catch up with the frontman to discuss the song, touring with Deep Purple and what the band has coming in the near future. Watch the video for "Quiet Heart" and read the interview below.
What was the idea behind the video with the visuals and all of the lights?
Talking with the director, Natalie, she was like, "What are you trying to convey?" It was mostly a very simple idea of the light and the darkness in the hearts of people. That's something I really wanted to try and come across, and I think in a way it did because there's two very different sides to the video. There's a very spectacle side of it with the lights, and there's also a very shadowy, dark visual to it as well. I feel like it's a clash of that.
So what is the meaning behind "Quiet Heart"?
I wrote it about the first time I ever really fell in love with somebody -- you know when you're in your early teens and it happens really hard for the first time, and you feel like if you don't let that person know then you're gonna explode [laughs].
It's not so much about the romantic aspect as much as it's about the fact that I was a really shy person growing up, and I was proud of myself, I guess, that I was even able to go through with it. I think a necessary step of growing up is being able to tell somebody how you feel, whether it's love, dislike or anything. Coming clean to somebody for your own sanity.
How does that meaning of the song tie into the concept of the video?
I feel that there's a dark side to people, everybody has one of different shapes and sizes. I figure there's a lot of darkness in the hearts of people. But I do believe that in most people, what keeps them strong and what keeps them determined is the shining light in the middle — that's just how I visualize it. It's really all just about that it doesn't matter how dark everything is around you. If there's a little bit of light, you can make a lot of light and a lot of good.
Just wanted to point out that anyone who watches the video is going to be in for a treat if they see you guys live, because the dance moves you perform in the video are a fraction of how you are onstage.
Yeah, I think it's all about doing just enough. Even in our earlier video for "Mississippi Queen," I don't wanna give it all away or else, why are you gonna come see us live? ["Quiet Heart"] definitely has its power moments, and I think I really wanted to show a different side of myself. It's not all about intensity.
You guys have toured with Slash twice, Buckcherry and now you're out with Deep Purple. How have the responses been from the crowds?
It's honestly overwhelming. This year has been a landmark, I think I'll always look back at this one in my life as something really special. We've really proved it to ourselves, and I think we've proved it to a lot of the people around us and our peers that we are a force. We're a train that will not stop anytime soon.
We're entering the hundreds now for shows this year and it's really just the tip of the iceberg. Our aspirations have only grown, and the crowds have been extremely wonderful to us. The people, I feel, have connected in an insane way. Everywhere we've gone, we've been all over North America, through Canada and the United States with Buckcherry and Slash and Myles Kennedy. I've been through the United States probably four times now, and we're doing it again with Deep Purple just this year. It's really something else.
How has the tour with Deep Purple so far been different than the previous tours with Slash and Buckcherry?
Honestly, I'm not gonna lie I think the crowds with Deep Purple and Slash and Myles Kennedy have been very similar audiences. From what I've picked up it's a slightly different demographic, but nothing I can say that is extremely noticeable. They really appreciate it, they really love what the guys and I are doing every night, You can look on our social media and see the crowd reactions, it's really something special.
We ask them to stand up, and they all do it. I remember one guy at a show we played in California, he says to me, "I'm 75 years old, do you understand how hard it is to get a bunch of 70-year-olds to stand up? But you did it. I can't even stand up for my wife anymore, but I stood up for you." [Laughs] That was a pretty funny thing.
Also, you get to surprise a lot of the young kids whose parents brought them to go see Deep Purple and they end up getting to see us, there's a lot of excitement. The other night, this little 12-year-old girl at a show we played in Denver came up to me and was super happy to meet me and took a selfie with me. It was quite adorable. There's quite a few cases of that, every show you get about a dozen kids or so that get brought to the shows and that really makes me happy, to see them enjoying it.
There are a lot of positive tweets from people who've seen you at shows, even people like Eddie Trunk have been supporting you for a while now.
Yeah it's cool, he's been name-dropping us for a while now. We're actually gonna be on his show tomorrow, which is quite cool. It's great because we've always thought of ourselves as a live band, Place in Time was really our first dip in the water as far as a record. Our aspirations for the follow-up are much larger than what Place in Time I think is.
But it stands for a lot, because I really do feel happy about the songs that we wrote and how people have responded to them all very differently. That makes me happy, it makes the guys and I feel like we've really done something.
What other upcoming news can you share with us?
I will say that there is a second music video that will come out in the future. It's probably the polar opposite of "Quiet Heart." And we will be working on the follow-up to Place in Time when this tour with Deep Purple concludes.
See Joyous Wolf's tour dates with Deep Purple here.
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