To Speak of Wolves


Most musicians can remember the moment they decided to play a certain instrument or pursue a type of art, but for Phil Chamberlain of To Speak of Wolves, he remembers the exact song that made him want to be a drummer.

"When I was a really young kid, I wasn't allowed to listen to certain kinds of music," Chamberlain recalled of his religious upbringing. "I had a Guns N' Roses tape. and my parents heard it and took a lot of my music away." His parents rule was no modern music. For those who lived under that rule, understand it was standard fare. 'Modern' equals the devil. Chamberlain admitted to unsuccessfully trying to hide tapes after the rule was enacted. This Noisecreep writer attested to duck taping cassettes under a bed to never being found.

But one time during a slumber party, one of Chamberlain's classmates brought over a Led Zeppelin tape. "I thought they were a modern band," he laughed. "I thought I was going to get in trouble having it in the stereo." But to his surprise, his father had no problem because he listened to them as well. That night he heard the crash and thump of 'Moby Dick' for the first time.

Chamberlain was not the only hardcore musician to come out of that house, though. His brother is Spencer Chamberlain, the screaming frontman of Underoath. "He's been a huge help. My brother is my best friend and I talk to him all the time." he said, telling of how he's learned the ropes of the business. To Speak of Wolves have even gone out on the road with Underoath.

He commented, "We look up to them, and I've had the pleasure of being around when that band went from being nothing to what they are now."