hmv.com reviews... Gnarwolves @ The Great Escape
hmv.com is down on the South Coast as the festival season kicks off with Brighton's new band nirvana The Great Escape. We begin our reviews from the final day with hometown slacker punks Gnarwolves..
Gnarwolves, Brighton's own slacker punks.
The East Wing, a tiny room in the corner of Brighton's behemoth The Centre.
Was it full? How were the crowd?
It was packed out, a particularly impressive feat considering it was only 12.30 in the afternoon and the sun was blazing outside. The crowd were, as you'd expect for that time of the day, a little sluggish to begin with, but they soon got into it and there was pogoing a plenty by the end...
So what was the set like?
Excellent. Despite the early set the trio were on the top of their game, firing out their mixture of Weezer esque slacker grooves and the classic pop punk of The Descendants and early Green Day with great aplomb. Each of their tracks is powered by sunny, supercharged guitars and lyrics rooted in cynicism and dry wit, it's a deadly combination, especially when you add the energy the band give to their live show. They were tremendous.
Any good between song banter?
Loads. Frontman Thom Weeks was on particularly banterific form and full of confidence, as you could tell when he jokingly threatened to punch the whole crowd in the face two songs in...
Did they put on much of a show?
It was lively, full of energy and with lots of jumping around, with the stage they had they did all they could...
What was the highlight of the set?
The whole set was outstanding, but crowd favourite 'Coffee' was a real knockout punch.
Where can I catch them next?
They're on tour throughout the summer, click here to see all the dates.
hmv.com will be at The Great Escape across the weekend of May 8th - 10th, bringing you interviews and reviews.
You can preview a compilation of Gnarwolves' EPs by clicking on the icon on the right hand side of the page.