Gnarwolves are Britain’s answer to The Wonder Years. Finally the world has a chance to hear a full-length record from the Brighton three, who seem to have gathered a cult following despite only forming in 2011. ‘Gnarwolves’ is short, but awfully sweet.
Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, some fans would be forgiven for complaining that there’s not enough material to warrant the tag of ‘full-length’. At 10 songs, however, it’s important to look past the play time and onto the quality of what’s on offer.
‘Gnarwolves’ deals with the every day trials and tribulations of a 20-something, dealing with fairly personal issues but without coming across as too emotional. ‘Boneyard’, ‘Bottle To Bottle’, and ‘Smoking Kills’ chronicle drinking and smoking habits, and it’s easy to emphathise with the dual vocals of Thom Weeks and Charlie Piper.
Gnarwolves have a certain charm about them that dares you to dislike them. It doesn’t take long listening to their music until you fall for their straight up punk rock approach and accept them as another band in your listening spectrum. Their sound is built over a foundation of The Wonder Years type melodrama, but is executed in a cutthroat fashion that harks of bands like Bullets And Octane. It’s punk rock, but not as we know it. Gnarwolves are avid skaters, and it’s not hard to imagine them listening to their own music while sat in a skate park sipping on a cheap energy drink.
2015 is gonna be a big year for Gnarwolves if this album is anything to go by. Off the back of hot appearances at Reading/Leeds Festival this year, they’re due to head out on a US tour supporting their peers in The Wonder Years along with The Story So Far and Modern Baseball. It surely won’t be long before they headline a world tour of their own.
Written by MG Savage (@MGSavagewriter)