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Searchlight 2017: Get to know finalist the Wolfe

Kerry Martin

You watched, you voted and now, it's time to get to know the Searchlight 2017 final four. Leading up to the April 9 finale broadcast on CBC-TV, we'll help you get acquainted with each of the artists vying for the title of Canada's best new music act.

Below, get to know Prince Albert, Saskatchewan's the Wolfe.

Tell us a little bit about your song.

"Dumb Dog" is a song that we find to be very universal. Although it was written with a specific intention, it has been interpreted in different ways by different people. "Dumb Dog" was inspired after our struggle with being seen as a gimmick because we are women in the music scene. Sometimes, we can be taken as a joke or not as seriously as should be expected. "Dumb Dog" is our feminist anthem, but speaks to more than women. It’s about staying true to yourself, and not changing for someone else. You’re perfect the way you are and you should embrace that. This song was written by Siobhan on her couch after a hard day. She brought the idea forward on her ukulele to the rest of the band, and soon after, the song flourished into the catchy tune we know today.

What inspires you to write music?

True music comes from honesty. What inspires us to write music is our lives, as cliché as it sounds. It’s the worst moments in life, and it’s the best moments in life. It’s everything in between and the things that are overlooked that inspire us. This is the reason our music speaks to a variety of people. We don’t write what we think others want to hear; we write what we need to express and let out. We write music so that we are heard.

Who are your musical idols?

Even though we’re all in a band together, our musical idols differ greatly. All of our roots started in a different place, from classic rock and pop, to metal and folk. We draw inspiration as diverse as Twenty One Pilots, Radiohead, Weezer, Evanescence, Paramore, the Naked and Famous, and Nirvana. Our musical idols that inspired us to start a band would have to be Marianas Trench, Fake Shark, AC/DC and My Chemical Romance. People like Hayley Williams, Amy Lee, Joan Jett, Blondie and Madonna are all female figures in the music scene we look up to.

If you were to describe your sound to somebody in one sentence, what would that sentence be?

Risk-taking, sometimes cheeky, yet stuck-in-your-head catchy tunes by three girls who you can relate to.

What is your favourite thing about playing music?

Our favourite thing about playing music is that feeling you get when everything just meshes together, and works so well, that your heart melts, you get butterflies, and you just feel the emotion. It’s not something that’s easy to describe, but rather something you have to experience, and we get to by playing our music.

If you could play a show with anybody, who would you pick?

It would be really sick to play an all-girl power tour! But honestly, a show with Paramore, or Twenty One Pilots, or Marianas Trench … how can you really pick?

What’s your favourite musical memory so far?

Our favourite musical memory would have to be working with the youth at the Power of Being a Girl workshop. We spent the day with the young girls of Prince Albert, mentoring and talking with them. We talked about our own struggles, our success, and our passion: music. Then, we taught the girls our song “Dumb Dog” and by the end of the day, they were all singing along with us. Some of them even came up to us afterwards, all motivated to start their own bands or follow their own dreams. Having that much of a positive influence on the lives of those girls at such a young age ourselves through our music is an amazing feeling. We wouldn’t trade it for the world.

The Searchlight finale airs Sunday, April 9 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NL) on CBC-TV and at