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Review: Gnarwolves – CRU (EP)

Check out HTF’s review of Gnarwolves’ incredible new EP ‘CRU’ inside!

Band: Gnarwolves
Release: CRU (EP)
Release Date: 16/07/12

Brighton-based party punk rockers Gnarwolves recently revealed that their latest EP ‘CRU‘ will be released on July 16th through Tangled Talk/Day By Day Records as a follow up to their well-received debut record ‘Fun Club‘.

Having been together for less than a year, the band have already made a name for themselves in the UK punk rock scene and will also be found this summer, August specifically, tearing up the Red Bull Stage at Hevy Festival in Kent.

The six track EP begins with the amusingly named ‘History Is Bunk‘, an extremely strong opening track to a record that is anticipated to be an absolute banger. Incorporating the sounds of old-school skate-punk and the light-heartedness of classic pop-punk, ‘History Is Bunk‘ sounds like Set Your Goals being kicked up the arse and this is most definitely a compliment.

Following second track ‘We Want The Whip!‘ comes ‘Community, Stability, Identity’, a track with an altogether more serious title and feel. Beginning with softened guitars and almost bloodless clean singing, the track picks up at around the one minute 15 seconds mark, before bursting into the fast-paced party anthem that is ‘A Gram Is Better Than A Damn‘: you can create your own opinions as to the meaning behind this song-title.

Coffee‘ is the concluding track off of ‘CRU‘ and the only way to describe it would be immense. Punky, not too ‘poppy’ and with the best elements of old-school and modern punk rock.

The great thing about ‘CRU‘ is that the tracks are short and I do not mean this in any kind of diverse way. Gnarwolves seem to have almost perfected the very difficult knack of keeping a listener on tenterhooks and although the majority of the tracks do sound very similar to each other, this works due to the musicianship and performance of all three band members.

Gnarwolves are a band that are definitely going places. I, for one, will definitely be checking them out at Hevy Festival this year in August.

8/10

Reviewer: Luke Davis

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