"Locals Only" by Wolvves.
Phoenix Based Garage Punks New E.P. Go Demon Or Go Home Has Bark, Bite And A Little Dangerous — A Noble Effort For An Up And Coming Band
By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine
May 8, 2013 — Let’s get stright to the point.
Wolvves new E.P. Go Demon or Go Home is great.
It is five songs of garage rock splendor that oozes the same attitude that frontman Aydin Immortal exudes at every one of their live shows. The record is very similar to their last release Live Forever but it is obvious that Immortal and his cohorts, bassist Zach Parker, drummer Max Martinez, and lead guitarist Isaac Parker have gelled as a band more than the last release.
Live Forever was very straight forward garage rock while on Go Demon or Go Home Wolvves seems to make an effort to experiment more with distortion and heavier guitar riffs ala Isaac Parker. The record starts with the song “ ___” which is very reminiscent of the first E.P. It is fast paced, brash, and every bit as sarcastic as the singer singing it. It is an instant grabber.
The second song on the E.P. “Home” is another example of Wolvves classic garage sound. But unlike the first track comes off a bit less less sarcastic. The song is about Immortal taking a trip home, and comes off quite ernst and genuine about how he perceives his mother to feel about his tattoos. Something every angsty 20-something can appreciate, that gnawing want to both please, and rebel against one's parents.
“Locals Only” to me is the clear single on the E.P. It’s a punchy tune with a great chorus that is definitely fun to sing along too.
“Smoke weed everyday, get drunk everyday, have sex every night, die young do it right.”
It also has an infectious guitar track that is made to incite a mosh pit. It has been a great song since they started playing and hearing on their latest recording is extremely exciting.
“Locals Only” sticks out as a single, and a great song to draw new fans into the band. But for seasoned Wolvves fans the fourth track “Static” sticks out as a departure from their garage punk as usual into a heavier plane of musical existence. The song starts off as a slower rock tune but crescendos into a noise experiment that both rocks hard and displays a wider range of Immortals vocals, as well as lyrics.
The last track “Twenty” starts off slow and emotional sounding as though it is going to continue on the track set forth by “Static” but then comes back full circle to a fast paced garage rock tune that is actually the shortest song on the record.
Then entire E.P. is under 20 minutes long but it is still a tremendous listen and is hopefully a precursor to a full length album.
For more information, or to buy the album, visit http://rubberbrotherrecords.bandcamp.com/album/go-demon-or-go-home
Jeff Moses a senior contributor at Modern Times Magazine. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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