Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves
With a name like Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves there’s a certain snarl that is expected from the moment you hit play on this record. It’s there but not as completely as I expected. Think of melodic punk rock with screamed/yelled vocals like Hot Water Music or Strike Anywhere and you will be in the mood for Wolves. This record is really a tale of two sides. The band identifies themselves as Post Raisin Bran so you know they don’t take themselves too seriously.
The A-Side is easily the more aggressive of the two. “What I Bleed” is the strongest track on the album with a pop chorus that would fit with any pop punk band. The title track is nothing to scoff at either sounding a bit more like Jawbreaker.
The flipside is disappointing after hearing the power of the first two tracks. It’s not that they are bad songs, they are just mellower and show the bands softer side. “The Cross & The Switchblade” is a ballad that is strong but doesn’t showcase the snarl of the first two tracks. “Serpents” is here in an acoustic format and really just doesn’t do anything for me.
Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves is a band that works hard and tours a lot and these are songs you want to know before you see them live so you can scream along.
Reviewed by: Rob 1340