Gnarwolves – Gnarwolves
Gnarwolves are a band who’s name is rapidly becoming known in the punk community. It is only a matter of time before their shows with such high-profile names, such as A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon, and The Story So Far – paired with this sophomore self-titled LP – catapult them from Brighton, England into the sights of Pabst-drinking festival attendees everywhere. The semi-bearded punk rock act is in the perfect position to get noticed and they have the music to back that up.
Gnarwolves delivers ten tracks of melodic sing-along punk rock that comes soaked in whiskey and served on a well-worn skateboard with a cigarette on the side. I would say they best musical description of this band is what you would get if you made a super group with members of Hot Water Music, Off With Their Heads, and Kid Dynamite. The music very much appeals to the broken-hearted fun-loving community that makes up punk rock. There really is not much I can say about the music in depth without just saying listen to it. What can be said, however, is the unexpected heaviness of the closing track on this album, “Eat Dynamite, Kid”. I won’t necessarily claim that it’s anything new or groundbreaking, but I will say that it is a breath of fresh air for the genre and is absolutely worth checking out.
If you are a fan of bands like Smoke or Fire, Dead to Me, or any of the aforementioned similar-sounding bands, definitely don’t sleep on this release. And if you’re in the Philadelphia area, don’t miss them at Self Help Fest! – Rob G