Full interview via Westword

Chelsea Wolfe‘s latest album, Birth of Violence, was informed by years of touring — time the singer-songwriter cherishes and counts as critical to her growth as an artist and individual. But that time was also exhausting —mentally, physically and spiritually. On the road, Wolfe longed for the serenity and stability of home, often seeking solace in quiet moments when she could tuck away, alone with her guitar. 

Birth of Violence, Wolfe’s seventh album, now out via Sargent House, grew from these escapes from the road. Finding a path home became a thematic cornerstone of the record, anchored by songs like the lead single, “The Mother Road.” 

Westword caught up with Wolfe a few days before the start of her 25-stop North American Birth of Violence Tour to discuss how environment affects live performance and its reception.