from an interview with Wolves in the Throne Room

I find your music, personally anyway, to be very life-affirming. Is that accurate? How would you describe your message or tone?

It’s not life-denying. Not like, I don’t know… Watain. Watain calls for the destruction of all life, which is an extreme position to take and yeah, as you have intuited, that is not our position at all. We are deeply entranced with this life and the beauty of this world and everything that comes with it. The longing, the misery, the beauty and the joy, and all the other feelings that we experience as human beings. We’re in deep with those feelings and, of course, it is expressed within the music. I don’t see any point in the life denying impulse. It’s an old impulse. It’s the impulse of a man who goes out into the woods and holds their hand up into the air until their arm atrophies. That’s a really old path. That’s not the path for us. We’re engaged in the world. We’re enraptured with it.

I am not a graceful person. I am not a Sunday morning or a Friday sunset. I am a Tuesday 2am, I am gunshots muffled by a few city blocks, I am a broken window during February. My bones crack on a nightly basis. I fall from elegance with a dull thud, and I apologize for my awkward sadness. I sometimes believe that I don’t belong around people, that I belong to all the leap days that didn’t happen. The way light and darkness mix under my skin has become a storm. You don’t see the lightning, but you hear the echoes.
Anna Peters