What You Need To Know - September 18, 2014

Gnarwolves' Gnarwolves: What You Need To Know
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Gnarwolves' Gnarwolves: What You Need To Know

Punk three-piece Gnarwolves have been around for a couple of years now, releasing a series of EPs and opening for the likes of Blink 182, but next week Monday September 2nd) their debut album proper finally hits the shelves. So what can we expect? Here's everything you need to know...

What's the background?

Originally hailing from Cornwall but formed and based in Brighton since 2011, Gnarwolves are purveyors of gritty but melodic punk in the vein of Green Day or the aforementioned Blink 182, albeit a little heavier and a bit more raw. Consisting of brothers Thom and Max Weeks on guitar / vocals and drums respectively, plus Charlie Piper handling the lower frequencies and providing backing vocals, the band released their debut EP Fun Club in late 2011, followed by another pair of extended plays in the form of 2012's CRU and 2013's Funemployed.

They've also been busy touring for the last couple of years, including performances at Reading & Leeds festivals, and are about to embark on their first ever U.S. tour alongside The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball and The Story So Far.

Although they have previously released their EPs as a full-length compilation entitled Chronicles of Gnarnia (see what they did there?), next week's eponymous release is their first full studio album, and it looks set to be an impressive one.

Who's producing it?

The band have retained Lewis Johns, who handled the production duties on their previous two EPs, to operate the controls on their full-length debut, all of which has been recorded at Johns' Southampton-based studio The Ranch. Hey, if it ain't broke...

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What are the standout tracks?

'Hate Me' (Don't Stand Still)' is one of the highlights, along with 'Everything You Think You Know' with its rolling, pounding drums and jangling guitars. 'Ebb' is probably the only track on the album you could really call 'downtempo', especially in comparison to its following counterpart 'Flow', while 'Bottle To Bottle' begins a little more softly, with just guitar and vocals, before kicking off with a heavy but melodic sing-along chorus. 

Does it deliver?

If you're a fan of punk, be it the more poppy sounds of Green Day or the heavier, more hardcore stuff pedalled by the likes of Black Flag, there is sure to be something here to enjoy. It's raw and it's rough around the edges, but that's exactly what a punk rock record should be.



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