I was fortunate enough to see this band live a few weeks back in Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff. Having only heard of them, but not actually listened to them, I kept an open mind – I knew they had a lot of hype surrounding them, but sometimes hype is unnecessarily placed on bands that don’t deserve it – and was hoping that I’d enjoy them. Or, at least appreciate what they’re all about. I can be a tight bastard and I would have been gutted if I’d wasted money on watching a band who I’d gambled on, and, if I’m honest, had used the excuse to go and see them as an opportunity to have a few beers.
However, from the start to the end of their set, Turbowolf made me regret my ignorance. They’re a tight, energetic, appealing live band whose sound is full of both raw emotion and rousing creativity; resulting in the whole crowd enjoying and getting into the set – even those who stand in the corner looking glum (myself included). I was intrigued to hear if they had the same effect with an album, and I was relieved that the beer hadn’t got to me that much when I gave their self-titled effort a listen. Turbowolf do pull it off without a live setting, and they do it with aplomb. In fact, this is an album so impressive that I can’t get away from it and has made me want to see them live, again.
‘Seven Severed Heads’ is a stop-start track that incorporates elements of punk, psychedelic rock and hard rock for an effect that is raw, in-your-face, and full of attitude. Vocalist Chris Georgiadis screams frenziedly, and it works especially well with the chorus of “Seven severed heads”, which he repeats over and over, leaving himself and the listener breathless. It’s a track that gets heads banging, feet thumping and teeth gritting.
‘Read + Write’ keeps the listener gripped throughout. The riff, which will perhaps be underrated by many, does an excellent job of peeling away the attitude of Georgiadis and adding a more refined feel to the track. It’s uncompromising in its own right though, and when the synth is used it adds a completely different layer to the song: a layer of intelligence and diversity, which is a pleasing aspect as it shows the band aren’t just about bringing their anger and enthusiasm to the fore.
‘A Rose For The Crows’ is a straight-up hard rock track with a riff that’s so heavy it brings images of pubs and clubs across the country disintegrating into chaos were the band to play this. The lyrics of “We found a priest after all / Let’s go and bury them all” shows the darkness of the track and the spare, zoned-out ending only adds to the mayhem and downright bleakness the song portrays.
‘Things Could Be Good Again’ has a fuzzy bass-line that is paired with frantic, tight drumming and a riff that sways, soars and weaves its way through the track. Georgiadis‘ vocals bring the sadly missed Outcry CollectiveTurbowolf on the map. If you haven’t heard of them before, then do as I did and go to a show. You’ll be hooked from the beginning. They’re a band who have got a huge potential and will, without doubt, be a favourite with a lot of people.
Written by Rhys Milsom