BAD WOLVES‘ debut album, “Disobey”, bowed with at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chat with 19,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 17. The disc includes the group’s massively successful cover of THE CRANBERRIES hit “Zombie”. The track hit the Top 15 on the American rock radio chart and was No. 1 on iTunes in multiple countries, including the U.K., Sweden, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and THE CRANBERRIES‘ home country of Ireland.
Late CRANBERRIES singer Dolores O’Riordan was slated to record vocals for BAD WOLVES‘ cover of the track on the day that she died in a London hotel this past January. The band decided to release the song in her honor with all proceeds going to her children.
The original single was first released by THE CRANBERRIES in 1994 and became a worldwide No. 1 hit.
Asked if he has already detected any backlash or feelings of resentment from other musicians over BAD WOLVES‘ early success, guitarist Doc Coyle told Australia’s Loud: “I think we ‘re all going to get the snide comment here and there, or somebody leaving a comment on Facebook or a message board or some kind of feedback. But I’d say the majority of it is positive, and nine times out of ten if someone feels that way, they’re not going to tell us to our face. [Laughs] They’re going to say it among themselves and to their friends. The truth is, it comes with the territory. And a lot of those bands, they might even be justified. They’ve been working for years and years looking for an opportunity. I totally understand that in many ways; a lot of what’s happened is just lightning kind of striking. There’s definitely no fairness to it. I think that’s how a lot of these things go sometimes; it’s just a certain thing happens at the one time and it leads to another thing, and something kind of develops a natural momentum. And then you combine that with the fact that we have a great team, and I feel we’ve made some great music. So, for the most part, it’s been supportive. Bands like SEVENDUST, Jesse Leach from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, the guys from PAPA ROACH, so many people have come out [in support]. The guys in SHINEDOWN have been really supportive. I think, for the most part, people are happy there’s another metal band that ‘s actually breaking through in a big way.”
BAD WOLVES will spend much of the foreseeable future on the road. The band will soon embark on a co-headline run with labelmates FROM ASHES TO NEW and Diamante. Diamante is also featured on the non-album version of BAD WOLVES‘ “Hear Me Now”. Starting mid-July, BAD WOLVES will join FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, along with BREAKING BENJAMIN and NOTHING MORE, and remain on the road through September.
BAD WOLVES is drummer John Boecklin (ex-DEVILDRIVER) and vocalist Tommy Vext (DIVINE HERESY, SNOT), as well as guitarists Doc Coyle (ex-GOD FORBID), Chris Cain (BURY YOUR DEAD), and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-IN THIS MOMENT).
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