BARNSTORMING BRIGHTON PUNK TRIO RETURN WITH BOISTEROUS SECOND FULL-LENGTH
It’s been about two and a half years since Brighton punks Gnarwolves released their brilliant, self-titled debut, but Straitjacket is a brisk reminder of just how much speedy punk power they’ve got when they go in with both feet. Frontman Thom Weeks claims he was ‘Born in a straitjacket’ during the chorus of this brisk opener.a bold medical claim, but one worth singing about.
2 CAR CRASH CINEMA
The pace slows marginally here, but it’s still fast enough to get a ticket in a built-up area. The chorus will fling your drink against the wall, so be careful.
Need to be convinced about slapping some cash down for Outsiders, but have only three minutes for some reason? Here you go, time-strapped reader.
4 PAINT ME A MARTYR
If Tony Hawk is considering a reboot of the game franchise, here’s
the song to do kick-flips and the always-impressive Christ Air move (left + right + circle, BTW) to.
5 ENGLISH KIDS A jangly banger with all the gob of its title. ’Nuff said.
Here’s a classic pop song sneaking into a punk club, sporting a thick beard, fisherman beanie and tattered Jawbreaker T-shirt.
7 THE COMEDOWN SONG
There’s nothing maudlin about The Comedown Song. Instead, it’s 125 seconds of rapid, intense riffs hammered into a baseball bat made of spite.
8 TALKING TO YOUR GHOST
Imagine a world-weary Weezer at their most vulnerable, shrouded in a hail of feedback.that’s this.
9 CHANNELLING BRIAN MOLKO The verses on this penultimate song give a cheeky nod to Placebo’s Nancy Boy, but with gruffer vocals and more clatter.
10 SHUT UP
Gnarwolves don’t just do fast pop-punk; Shut Up wraps things up with a solid slow-burner. So, in summary: Outsiders is a rabidly good addition to the Gnarwolves pack. Spend your money. Go!
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