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Daggermouth announce Japan tour w/ Gnarwolves, Hollow Suns

Canadian pop-punk act Daggermouth have announced they will be touring across Japan this November. You can find the full tour poster, dates, and locations below.

UK grit punks Gnarwolves will be travelling to support Daggermouth, and Tokyo, Japan based punk-rockers Hollow Suns join them across the tour.

Album Review: Gnarwolves – “Outsiders”

Gnarwolves was always a band on the periphery of my vision. They were a band that came swinging hard with EP after EP (helpfully gathered in Chronicles of Gnarnia); they played skate punk with a bit more hardcore in the mix than usual, with breakdowns and melodies galore. Every Gnarwolves song had that youthful energy where you could imagine them all in a room, riffing hard, trying to make each other smile with what they could pull off. “Melody Has Big Plans,” for me, is the culmination of all their best elements– it is bleak and loud, catchy and aggressive, with earnest twenty-something yearning. Then they released a pretty great full-length that had me nodding along, but also wondering if the best days were already over.

Now, with Outsiders, I wasn’t really expecting anything. As a punk fan, I’ve learned to turn off the part of my brain that expects things. Bands change their sound, topics evolve, all that jazz. When we collectively look back on the mess that was Against Me!’s entire career and subsequent fan response and cringe, we will be thankful level heads prevail in the future. Outsiders is another step in Gnarwolves development as a band, and as a sophomore album it represents a departure from their last album, and an even larger departure from their EPs. In fact, I won’t even bury the lead: Outsiders doesn’t hit for me. It’s competent, for sure, and sometimes it does shine, but the overall takeaway for me was a lot of shrugging.

We have moved into Flatliners territory, we are hanging with the Menzingers. The latter of which I love more than most, but it takes chops to pull off what they do. Slice of life storytelling put to melody– wistful and romantic as it is, can turn to something saccharine or worse, insubstantial, in less deft hands. And that is where part of my apathy to Outsiders originates. Gnarwolves have shifted gears into something different, and that is dandy, but they are not pulling it off. There are moments where it all comes together, for sure, but for the large part, Outsiders passes by without a single moment of recognition, no connection or feeling communicated. The album leaves you struggling to remember a single song. Gnarwolves skate punk anthems have been rounded down into a grey area between the melodic punk they’re taking influence from and the aggression-forward sound that is still their basis. It results in a weird, not very satisfying twilight where the drums are fast and the guitars are trebly, rolled back on both distortion and attitude. If it were dynamic, it would work. Their first album did this, with open note stuff that chimes then explodes into ripping chordage. Here, it is all melded together into something flat and uninspired.

Which is a shame, because Outsiders doesn’t ever really fail. It’s hard to review a band when they do everything right in the execution phase. They play well, the album sounds good, it’s just what they’re choosing to do isn’t particularly interesting. For the most part, the songwriting loses its punch with the instrumentation, but there are songs that do push through and do become memorable on repeat listens. Album opener “Straightjacket” is one of them, and it succeeds through its pop punk veracity, while not necessarily saying anything too interesting. “Argument” is probably the best song on the album, and that’s because of the easy resonation of the pre-chorus refrain of “resist, resist, resist!”

I have absolutely fallen into the punk rock trap of turning on a band that didn’t deliver what I expected. And that’s why this is a hard review to write. I know that for some people, this album will work, but for me, I can’t escape just how middling it is in comparison of the energy and enthusiasm of early Gnarwolves. Their perspective used to be fresh and exciting, and on Outsiders we see it giving way to age and new ideas, but not all of them good. There are ways to age gracefully, but Outsiders makes me wonder if Gnarwolves were a band never destined to grow old.


Gnarwolves releases video for new track ‘Straitjacket’

UK grit punks Gnarwolves have unveiled a brand new track. ‘Straitjacket’ is the second single taken from their up and coming album ‘Outsiders’, out May 5th via Big Scary Monsters.

‘Straitjacket’ comes with a beautiful new video which you can check out below.

Gnarwolves stream new track “Wires”

Gnarwolves have released new single “Wires” ahead of their upcoming album “Outsiders”. The record is released on May 5th via Big Scary Monsters and Tangled Talk.

You can stream “Wires” below.

Gnarwolves announce new album

Brighton, UK pop punk trio Gnarwolves have announced they are to release the follow up to their self-titled, 2014 debut LP. ‘Outsiders’ is to be released on Big Scary Monsters on May 5th.

The band embark on a lengthy European/UK tour to mark the release. Full list of dates and ticket links are up now.

Big Scary Monsters offering ‘pay what you want’ download of full discography

Today through August 1st, the fine people at UK label Big Scary Monsters are offering all their releases up for ‘pay what you want’ download. If you’re unfamiliar with the label’s discography, it includes releases from Gnarwolves, Beach Slang, Modern Baseball and many other bands.

To grab all of Big Scary Monsters’ releases for the price of your choosing (yes, that can even mean $0.00), head over to the label’s Bandcamp page.

Lockjaw Records announces charity comp ft. The Decline, Belvedere, Gnarwolves & more

The fine people at UK punk label Lockjaw Records have announced they will be releasing a charity compilation titled No Guts No Glory: A Tribute to Kicking Crohn’s and Colitis’ Ass. All proceeds will be donated to Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

The comp, which releases on May 9th, features 26 songs from great bands like The Decline, Belvedere, Gnarwolves, A Wilhelm Scream, and many others.

Check out No Guts No Glory‘s full tracklist below, and head over to the label’s webstore to pre-order it for the price of your choosing.

Gnarwolves stream 2 tracks off of new EP

UK skate punks Gnarwolves released their new EP, Adolescence, and you can now stream two of the four tracks below.

The EP, which was released on  Pure Noise Records, is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut EP.

Gnarwolves streaming new song – “Daydreamer”

UK skate punks Gnarwolves are now streaming a new track off their upcoming EP. Have yourself a listen of “Daydreamer” below.

The song is off the band’s new EP, Adolescence, which is due out November 13th on Pure Noise Records. You can pre-order the new album on vinyl over here.

The EP will be the band’s first release since their self-titled album came out in 2014.

Gnarwolves release new song, “The Waiting Line”

Brit skate-punks Gnarwolves have a new EP called Adolescence scheduled for release on November 13th, but you can now hear a new song called “The Waiting Line,” below.

The band had this to say about the new material:

“With this record we’ve tried to create a record that flows from start to finish. We tend to get pretty influenced by the music we listen to in the van, so this record definitely has a DC hardcore vibe to it. It’s heavy, it’s short, and it’s probably the most agitated we’ve sounded on record. Thematically the songs are about having a crisis of faith with society. About trying to adjust to realities that are essentially sick. And being sad about girls. Basically, it’s a 9 minute ripper that’s going to be an awful lot of fun to play live. Oh, and track 3 will surprise you!”

The Adolescence EP will be the band’s first release since their self-titled album came out in 2014.

Thom Weeks releases new solo album “George” for free download

Thom Weeks (Gnarwolves) has released an acoustic solo album called “George” and you can download it ‘name your price’ style below.

Gnarwolves to release tour DVD; share teaser trailer

English pop-punk heroes Gnarwolves have announced that they will be releasing a DVD called European Tour 2014 DVD, which will chronicle, you guessed it, their 2014 European Tour.

The band has released a short trailer for the DVD that is set to be released on September 25th.  Check it out below.

Gnarwolves released their self-titled album on September 23, 2014 through Pure Noise Records

Gnarwolves announce UK tour with Spraynard and Such Gold

Big news for Gnarwolves fans!

It might seem like the band just wrapped up their UK tour with The Smith Street Band, but they’ve already announced details of a follow up run. The bad news is that you’ve got to wait almost six months to wait! Their upcoming UK jaunt kicks off in Birmingham on December 8th and runs through December 18th in London. As a bonus, Spraynard and Such Gold will be tagging along for the right. The full flyer is up above, or you can check out the rundown below in text form.

Gnarwolves released their self-titled album on September 23, 2014 through Pure Noise Records.

Venice Hardcore Fest announces lineup and teaser video

The lineup has been announced for this year’s Venice Hardcore Fest, notable acts include No Turning BackGnarwolvesSlander, Eisberg, and more.

The festival will take place on May 9th in Venice, Italy with 15 bands playing on 2 stages. Tickets will be available for 5 Euro.  Check out the show poster and a teaser video below, and click here for more info.

Gnarwolves, announce U.K tour with The Smith Street Band and Drug Church

English pop-punk heroes Gnarwolves have announced some U.K tour dates they will be playing this April with The Smith Street Band and Drug Church. Dates and locations can be seen on the above flyer, or below in text form.

Gnarwolves released their self-titled album on September 23, 2014 through Pure Noise Records. The Smith Street Band released Throw Me In The River  October 28th through SideOneDummy (US), October 31st on Uncle M Music (Europe) and Poison City Records (Australia), and November 3rd via Banquet Records (UK).