There are three things that can be found within Brighton based punk trio the Gnarwolves debut album: skateboarding, smoking references and punk rock. For those who are familiar with Gnarwolves’ previous work, this doesn’t come to much surprise. The band doesn’t exactly do anything drastically different within their respected genre, but that doesn’t mean their debut release is a disappointment by any means. The trio finds a way of adding their own charm and spin on the genre to make it fun to sing along to, and easy to get stuck in your head.
The trio starts off on a very strong note with the opening track “Prove It,” demonstrating their “in your face” punk side with a catchy chorus that keeps the listener’s attention. After the countless times of listening to the album, the opening track remains to be among my favorite. Overall it has many components to it to be proud of. The momentum is carried through the heavy guitar chugs within the proceeding track “Boneyard,” which are practically jaw dropping at parts, making it a track worth going back to as well.
Their single “Smoking Kills” possesses a lot of good strengths which is no wonder why it was selected to be one of their singles. Their sarcastic tone within the lines “when I tell myself that everything’s going to be fine/yeah right, yeah right, yeah right” are enough to leave the track stuck in your head. If you watch the music video for “Smoking Kills,” you’ll get to see visible proof of that skateboarding I mentioned above. The trio also make a possible reference to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia within their track “Day Man,” which I suppose could be a fourth thing you could add to the list of things to find within the Gnarwolves’ self-titled release.
Things are taken down a couple notches towards the end of “Hate Me,” demonstrating a more reflective side of the Gnarwolves. It’s one of the few instances on the album where the drumming is slowed down and the vocals are toned down a bit, so it does a good job of differentiating itself from the rest. The slow nature then continues to flow directly into the proceeding track “Ebb” before escalating back into Gnarwolves-esc guitar patterns and shouting.
Full length releases are a great way for a band to gain exposure, and I think this trio has something to be proud of for their efforts. The Gnarwolves will be touring with some pretty big names throughout October, including Modern Baseball, The Story So Far and The Wonder Years. It’s exciting to see how the future unfolds for these guys, but I think the future seems bright for them.