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Interview with Josiah Wolf on Why?’s new EP, upcoming tour, Arizona gig

Following the recent release of their EP Sod in the Seed, the Cincinnati-based band Why? will soon embark on a worldwide tour, stopping at Crescent Ballroom on Monday, August 27. The band has consistently booked shows in Phoenix, playing at former venues The Clubhouse and Modified Arts, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Josiah Wolf told The Spec the band looks forward to the Arizona heat after being in the humid midwest.

The Spec had the opportunity to ask Josiah Wolf a few questions about his band’s new release and upcoming tour. Find out what he had to say below…

It has been two years since the three band members — Jonathan “Yoni” Wolf, Josiah Wolf and Doug McDiarmid — released any music. Albums Elephant Eyelash (2005) and Alopecia (2008) were more vocal heavy than 2009’s Eskimo Snow, which seemed to incorporate more instrumentals. And Wolf says that Sod in the Seed is quite different than all of the albums in Why?’s catalog. “It’s dry and up front and percussion/bass heavy.”

When asked about the Sod in the Seed recording experience, Wolf describes it as “fresh and exciting.” The six-track EP brings together the talents of all three band members. “I would hope that each song is reflective of something different and draws from a large range of emotion and inspiration,” says Wolf.

Finish the sentences with WHY?’s Josiah Wolf…

Lyrics are to songs as…atoms are to molecules.

I can’t stop listening to…the ceiling fan.

My biggest music-related dream is…swimming with Prince.

I’m most creative when I am…on the ice.

Another outlet I use for my creativity is…ice dancing (with sculpture).

Hip-hop means…a lot.

Why? will be releasing their next full album titled Mumps, Etc. in October. With a strong and dedicated fan base, which Wolf says bring a sense of connectedness, the band looks forward to visiting fans around the world, even if they may miss their beds a little while on tour.

Purchase tickets, $15-$17, for Monday’s WHY?, Serengeti, DJ Tony Trimm show at Crescent Ballroom on Ticketfly.

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