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College loneliness leads to creative expression

Chatting with lead singer of Wolf Poets

Most college dorms are places for frantic studying, hanging with friends and trying to squeeze in as much sleep as possible after a night out.
But for Keenan Goodwine, his college dorm led to the beginning of his music career.

Now his band, Wolf Poets, is preparing to release its first full-length album, “Ardor,” on Nov. 17 on all streaming platforms.

The group, which includes Ben Norton, Elias Armao, Josh Kern and AJ Barnett, will be playing an album release concert at the Marquis Theater in Denver with other alternative rock groups, Evinair, Son and Cynic, and Gestalt.

“’Ardor’ pays homage to that choice of forging your own path and creating your own happiness,” Goodwine said. “I hope others are able to relate and enjoy the album just as much as we’ve enjoyed making it.”

I spoke to Goodwine via email about Wolf Poets, “Ardor,” and the Denver music scene:
Tell me a little about the history of the band. How and when did you guys get together?
Wolf Poets began as a solo project. I recorded our first EP in my college dorm, and released it in May of 2016. Following the release, some friends of mine expressed interest in the music we formed a five piece band.

Tell me about your approach to music? Who are some of your biggest influences?
From Indian Lakes, Turnover, and American Football definitely have a huge influence on our music. Anything with spacious, lush guitar melodies is right up our alley.

Tell me about your album? What was the process like recording it?
We’re lucky enough to have an outstanding audio engineer, Ben Norton, play guitar in our band. We recorded and mixed the whole album at his recording studio The Virginia House. He does great work.

What’s your plans now that the album is done?
We’ll be playing a dual album release show with Evinair at the Marquis Theater on Nov. 25. After that we want to focus on performing around Colorado, playing with more great bands and meeting more people.

What do you like most about the Denver music scene? What do you think would surprise most people about it?
The level of kindness and support in the local Colorado music scene always astounds me. Within every genre is a great community. If people haven’t yet explored the fantastic music the local scene has to offer, I would highly recommend they do.

What do you most want people to know about the album and your music?
“Ardor” is about creating your own happiness. Saying goodbye to people can sometimes be the best thing for you to do for yourself. Doing so has given me nothing but a passion and appreciation for life.
Wolf Poets’ goal is to make music that is important to us, and in turn, create something special that we can share with others. We can definitely say that we’re looking forward to share our album with everyone.
For more information about the band, visit www.wolfpoetsband.com.

Clarke Reader’s column on how music connects to our lives appears every other week. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he mostly watched “The Simpsons” DVDs in his college dorm. Check out his music blog at calmacil20.blogspot.com. And share some of your favorite local bands at creader@coloradocommunitymedia.com.


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