Under the Gun Review http://www.underthegunreview.net Entertainment news for today's generation Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:07:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 STREAM: Matty Mullins – “More Of You” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/19/stream-matty-mullins-more-of-you/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/19/stream-matty-mullins-more-of-you/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:07:53 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130868 We are now less than a week away from the release of Matty Mullins‘ debut solo album. So far he’s revealed a couple of singles and a handful of short song clips. That changed today though as he released a brand new track off the album, titled “More Of You.” You can give it a listen by taking a look below.

While the content of songs in general is pretty personal fore most artists, it’s clear that at least a few of the tracks off this album are about love. If that’s what you guessed a song titled “More …

]]>
We are now less than a week away from the release of Matty Mullins‘ debut solo album. So far he’s revealed a couple of singles and a handful of short song clips. That changed today though as he released a brand new track off the album, titled “More Of You.” You can give it a listen by taking a look below.

While the content of songs in general is pretty personal fore most artists, it’s clear that at least a few of the tracks off this album are about love. If that’s what you guessed a song titled “More Of You” would be about, then you guessed right.

You can pre-order physical copies of the album through MerchNow, or digital downloads on iTunes.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/19/stream-matty-mullins-more-of-you/feed/ 0
Vulvatron Joins Gwar As New Permanent Member http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/19/vulvatron-joins-gwar-as-new-permanent-member/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/19/vulvatron-joins-gwar-as-new-permanent-member/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:23:18 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130865 Earlier this year Gwar lost their last founding member and frontman, Dave Brockie (Orderus Urungus), when he unexpectedly passed away. The future of the band’s future has been up in the air since then, but the remaining members have promised to keep moving forward. That fact has now become obvious as the has group announced their new vocalist – Kim Dylla, aka Vulvatron. Yes, their new vocalist is a woman, and she will be the “co-frontperson” of the band. You can read a snippet of Wondering Sound‘s article regarding the announcement below the jump.

This is exciting news for …

]]>
Earlier this year Gwar lost their last founding member and frontman, Dave Brockie (Orderus Urungus), when he unexpectedly passed away. The future of the band’s future has been up in the air since then, but the remaining members have promised to keep moving forward. That fact has now become obvious as the has group announced their new vocalist – Kim Dylla, aka Vulvatron. Yes, their new vocalist is a woman, and she will be the “co-frontperson” of the band. You can read a snippet of Wondering Sound‘s article regarding the announcement below the jump.

This is exciting news for the band, and is further proof that they are committed to staying together. A new vocalist will bring a whole new dynamic to their sound and performances, which should be a great reason for fans to welcome her with open arms.

Meet Vulvatron, a spiky purple Amazon whose massive (prosthetic) breasts occasionally shoot geysers of blood out onto her hapless audience. Vulvatron is not dancing, or breathing fire, or keeping the slaves in line (though one assumes she’ll be adept at all three). For the first time since the departure of dancer and backing singer Slymenstra Hymen (Danielle Stampe) in 2000, GWAR has a female member, and she’s the frontwoman.

To split hairs, she’s actually GWAR’s new co-frontperson, joining vocalist Blothar (Mike Bishop) whose Beefcake the Mighty character was introduced in 1988. But Vulvatron, who made her debut at the band’s recent Riot Fest gig in Chicago, marks a shift in the way GWAR female personnel have been presented onstage. Before, GWAR women like Amazina, Temptress, and to an extent Slymenstra were relegated to bit parts. Vulvatron commanded a central role, stepping away from her mic only long enough to battle her monstrous bandmates or spray the audience with goo. She’s played by Kim Dylla, an accomplished clothing designer and musician in her own right, and her appointment as the new high priestess of GWAR is going to make some waves.

Why is it so important that one of the biggest bands in metal has just added a female member to its ranks to replace one of metal’s biggest personalities? How could it not be? It’s no secret that metal’s demographics still skew heavily towards straight white cis men, but this decade has marked a definite shift; audiences are diversifying. But there is still a lot of work to be done. Representation matters, and now, all of a sudden, there’s a big, brash, bold new female personality on stage with a legendary band. Moreover, she’s just as gross and goofy as her male bandmates, whether she’s slaying dinosaurs or disemboweling Nazi skinheads onstage or drenching her minions with the aforementioned boob-blood (a move which, as a bit of trivia, references Slymenstra’s past crotch-spewing exploits).

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/19/vulvatron-joins-gwar-as-new-permanent-member/feed/ 0
MUSIC VIDEO: The Amity Affliction – “The Weigh Down” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/music-video-the-amity-affliction-the-weigh-down/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/music-video-the-amity-affliction-the-weigh-down/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:56:49 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130856 Let The Ocean Take Me is the fourth studio album by the post hardcore outfit The Amity Affliction. One of the slower, more melodic tracks on the album is their single “The Weigh Down.” Earlier today the band premiered the music video for that song. You can watch the video by taking a look below the break.

The band is currently on tour in the US, and will be on the road through the end of the month. You can find a full list of tour dates on their Facebook page.

]]>
Let The Ocean Take Me is the fourth studio album by the post hardcore outfit The Amity Affliction. One of the slower, more melodic tracks on the album is their single “The Weigh Down.” Earlier today the band premiered the music video for that song. You can watch the video by taking a look below the break.

The band is currently on tour in the US, and will be on the road through the end of the month. You can find a full list of tour dates on their Facebook page.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/music-video-the-amity-affliction-the-weigh-down/feed/ 0
Emarosa Release New Music Video For “I’ll Just Wait” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/emarosa-release-new-music-video-for-ill-just-wait/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/emarosa-release-new-music-video-for-ill-just-wait/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:49:49 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130851 Earlier this afternoon, Emarosa continued their march towards world domination with the release of a new music video for their track, “I’ll Just Wait.” Taken from the band’s latest full-length, Versus, check it out by following the jump below.

One of the softer offerings off the outfit’s most recent attempt, “I’ll Just Wait” is a moving ballad made memorable by Bradley Walden’s outstanding set of pipes and heartfelt lyrics. Sincere and accessible, let us know what you think in the replies.

In less than a month, Emarosa will be heading out on tour with Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire

]]>
Earlier this afternoon, Emarosa continued their march towards world domination with the release of a new music video for their track, “I’ll Just Wait.” Taken from the band’s latest full-length, Versus, check it out by following the jump below.

One of the softer offerings off the outfit’s most recent attempt, “I’ll Just Wait” is a moving ballad made memorable by Bradley Walden’s outstanding set of pipes and heartfelt lyrics. Sincere and accessible, let us know what you think in the replies.

In less than a month, Emarosa will be heading out on tour with Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire. If you’d like to get in on the action, routing and ticket info can be found here.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/emarosa-release-new-music-video-for-ill-just-wait/feed/ 0
Topbunk Stream “Get Better” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/topbunk-stream-get-better/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/topbunk-stream-get-better/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:25:06 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130852 Topbunk are a two piece lo-fi emo group based out Atlanta, Georgia. The duo will be releasing their debut album, Ruin A Good Thing, November 11 through Known Pleasure, Paperweight and Holy Hell Records. They teamed up with Absolutepunk to premiere the lead single off the album, which is titled “Get Better.” You can also give it a listen below the jump.

If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order the album through Bandcamp. When you pre-order the album you will receive an instant download of “Get Better.”

]]>
Topbunk are a two piece lo-fi emo group based out Atlanta, Georgia. The duo will be releasing their debut album, Ruin A Good Thing, November 11 through Known Pleasure, Paperweight and Holy Hell Records. They teamed up with Absolutepunk to premiere the lead single off the album, which is titled “Get Better.” You can also give it a listen below the jump.

If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order the album through Bandcamp. When you pre-order the album you will receive an instant download of “Get Better.”

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/topbunk-stream-get-better/feed/ 0
Hear FF’s Incredible Shoegaze Single “Past Year” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/hear-ffs-incredible-shoegaze-single-past-year/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/hear-ffs-incredible-shoegaze-single-past-year/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:09:53 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130837 If every shoegaze band could do shoegaze right, we would live in a great world. Having a limited number of bands who can nail that sound, though, really makes it all the more special. Thankfully, we don’t have to kick our shoes in the dirt waiting for a new Sonic Youth sound anymore. Turn your attention to FF, the newest shoegaze act we can expect big things from.

The Seattle-based trio–Claire Nelson, Harley Thompson and Michael Abeyta–drop their debut album Lord on October 21 via Couple Skate Records. Their newest single, “Past Year,” hears them drawing in the gloominess …

]]>
If every shoegaze band could do shoegaze right, we would live in a great world. Having a limited number of bands who can nail that sound, though, really makes it all the more special. Thankfully, we don’t have to kick our shoes in the dirt waiting for a new Sonic Youth sound anymore. Turn your attention to FF, the newest shoegaze act we can expect big things from.

The Seattle-based trio–Claire Nelson, Harley Thompson and Michael Abeyta–drop their debut album Lord on October 21 via Couple Skate Records. Their newest single, “Past Year,” hears them drawing in the gloominess of feedback with the undercurrent of a punk anthem. If you’re looking for a noisy Yo La Tengo or this decade’s My Bloody Valentine, call off your search. FF are here. The three stay away from a true ’90s revival sound, providing their own alt-rock twist that cushions your ears with the comfort of hazy guitar and clean melodies.

Listen to the song below (via Culture COLLiDE). Pre-orders for the album are ongoing via iTunes.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/hear-ffs-incredible-shoegaze-single-past-year/feed/ 0
8th Grade Metal Band Unlocking The Truth Perform On ‘The Colbert Report’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/8th-grade-metal-band-unlocking-the-truth-perform-on-the-colbert-report/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/8th-grade-metal-band-unlocking-the-truth-perform-on-the-colbert-report/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:38:23 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130832 Yep, you read that right. 8th grade metal band Unlocking the Truth recently interviewed as well as performed on The Colbert Report.

For those who don’t know, Unlocking the Truth is a power trio based out of Brooklyn, NY who got their start playing in Times Square, and have now safely secured a whopping $1.7 million dollar, two-album record deal with Sony.

Follow us after the jump to see their interview with Colbert, and the rifftastic performances of “Monster” and “Free As You Wanna Be.” Both tracks are from their upcoming EP, Free As You Wanna Be.

]]>
Yep, you read that right. 8th grade metal band Unlocking the Truth recently interviewed as well as performed on The Colbert Report.

For those who don’t know, Unlocking the Truth is a power trio based out of Brooklyn, NY who got their start playing in Times Square, and have now safely secured a whopping $1.7 million dollar, two-album record deal with Sony.

Follow us after the jump to see their interview with Colbert, and the rifftastic performances of “Monster” and “Free As You Wanna Be.” Both tracks are from their upcoming EP, Free As You Wanna Be.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/8th-grade-metal-band-unlocking-the-truth-perform-on-the-colbert-report/feed/ 0
Childish Gambino Performs New Song “Sober” Live http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/childish-gambino-performs-new-song-sober-live/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/childish-gambino-performs-new-song-sober-live/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:53:56 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130807 A couple days ago, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, released a new song titled “Sober” off his anticipated mixtape STN MTN/KAUAI to much praise, even though he stated that he would not be releasing a mixtape any time in the near future.

A live video has surfaced of the rapper performing the new song for the first time for an intimate audience at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The video shows Gambino performing it in a more stripped down fashion that is different than the digital version that has been released.

No release date has been set for …

]]>
A couple days ago, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, released a new song titled “Sober” off his anticipated mixtape STN MTN/KAUAI to much praise, even though he stated that he would not be releasing a mixtape any time in the near future.

A live video has surfaced of the rapper performing the new song for the first time for an intimate audience at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The video shows Gambino performing it in a more stripped down fashion that is different than the digital version that has been released.

No release date has been set for the Gangsta Grillz mixtape yet even though it is speculated for release in October. For now, check out the live performance below and be sure to stay tuned to UTG for more updates on the album.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/childish-gambino-performs-new-song-sober-live/feed/ 0
Forever Came Calling Debut New Song, “Transient (I Don’t Miss)” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/forever-came-calling-debut-new-song-transient-i-dont-miss/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/forever-came-calling-debut-new-song-transient-i-dont-miss/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:30:43 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130818 Forever Came Calling have offered up yet another new tune from their forthcoming full-length, What Matters Most…, which hits shelves on October 21 through Pure Noise Records. Titled “Transient (I Don’t Miss),” the toe-tapping track made its debut earlier today via Kerrang, and is a welcome addition to the group’s contagious catalogue. Give it a listen after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The California four-piece are presently set to share the stage with Handguns, State Champs, and many more, from now until mid-November. If you’d like …

]]>
Forever Came Calling have offered up yet another new tune from their forthcoming full-length, What Matters Most…, which hits shelves on October 21 through Pure Noise Records. Titled “Transient (I Don’t Miss),” the toe-tapping track made its debut earlier today via Kerrang, and is a welcome addition to the group’s contagious catalogue. Give it a listen after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The California four-piece are presently set to share the stage with Handguns, State Champs, and many more, from now until mid-November. If you’d like to catch them live, a full itinerary can be found on their Facebook.

Pre-orders for What Matters Most… are ongoing.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/forever-came-calling-debut-new-song-transient-i-dont-miss/feed/ 0
The Used Demand A “Revolution” in New Music Video http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/the-used-demand-a-revolution-in-new-music-video/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/the-used-demand-a-revolution-in-new-music-video/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:04:40 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130812 Earlier this morning, The Used unveiled a new music video for their track “Revolution,” and you can check it out by following the jump below.

The opening cut off the outfit’s latest full-length, Imaginary Enemy, the clip finds the Utah quartet performing in a packed venue as flashing images mirror Bert McCracken’s message of freedom, unity, and upheaval. If you dig it, let us know in the replies, and pick up a copy of the album through Hopeless Records.

The Used are currently in the midst of a month-long North American run alongside Taking Back Sunday, which kicked …

]]>
Earlier this morning, The Used unveiled a new music video for their track “Revolution,” and you can check it out by following the jump below.

The opening cut off the outfit’s latest full-length, Imaginary Enemy, the clip finds the Utah quartet performing in a packed venue as flashing images mirror Bert McCracken’s message of freedom, unity, and upheaval. If you dig it, let us know in the replies, and pick up a copy of the album through Hopeless Records.

The Used are currently in the midst of a month-long North American run alongside Taking Back Sunday, which kicked off earlier this month at Riot Fest Toronto. To see if they’ll be hitting up a venue near you, a full list of dates can be found here.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/the-used-demand-a-revolution-in-new-music-video/feed/ 0
UTG Premiere: Vanities – ‘Dead Beats’ EP http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/utg-premiere-vanities-dead-beats-ep/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/utg-premiere-vanities-dead-beats-ep/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:44:44 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130808 Just a year after bursting onto the hardcore scene with their incredible debut, New England’s Vanities are back with a killer new record that might be your favorite heavy release of the fall.

The world of heavy music has become incredibly underwhelming in recent years, at least on the side of things that caters to younger audiences. The vast majority of bands making it in the quote/unquote ‘alternative’ scene have all become clones of one another, ripping off whatever new idea is popular this year in order to cash in long enough to book another nationwide tour. Still, in the …

]]>
Just a year after bursting onto the hardcore scene with their incredible debut, New England’s Vanities are back with a killer new record that might be your favorite heavy release of the fall.

The world of heavy music has become incredibly underwhelming in recent years, at least on the side of things that caters to younger audiences. The vast majority of bands making it in the quote/unquote ‘alternative’ scene have all become clones of one another, ripping off whatever new idea is popular this year in order to cash in long enough to book another nationwide tour. Still, in the midst of all that nonsense a very select number of young acts have been clawing their way through the underground ranks with original ideas and hard-hitting music that cannot be denied. Vanities are the best of the bunch, at least in our opinion, and today we have the great pleasure of sharing their new Dead Beats EP with all of you.

Set for release September 23, Dead Beats finds the members of Vanities pushing their intense take on hard rock further into the realms of metal and hardcore than ever before. There’s also a number of instances that bring to mind the days when nu-metal ruled the charts, with turntables and bouncy riffs aplenty. They are not Issues and they certainly are not Limp Bizkit, but I would not be shocked if fans of those groups quickly fell in love with what Vanities have to offer. You can stream Dead Beats, in full, below:

There is still time to pre-order physical bundles of Dead Beats. To pick up your copy, click here and find the package that works best for you. You can also buy the album on iTunes.

Vanities have toured a lot in 2014, and from what we have been told there will be plenty more shows before the year is out. Click here to stay up to date with everything the band has planned.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/utg-premiere-vanities-dead-beats-ep/feed/ 0
Aubrey Plaza Is Now The Voice Of Grumpy Cat http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/aubrey-plaza-is-now-the-voice-of-grumpy-cat/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/aubrey-plaza-is-now-the-voice-of-grumpy-cat/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:32:29 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130799 Life After Beth star Aubrey Plaza has replaced Jane Lynch as the voice of Grumpy Cat in an upcoming Lifetime TV movie.

I know movies made for television are not something we cover on a regular basis, but it is hard to go anywhere today without running into the image of Grumpy Cat. In the year(+) since becoming the internet’s favorite meme, Grumpy Cat has brought in millions through advertising deals, public appearances, and merchandise. This fall, Lifetime is ready to give Grumpy Cat her first feature length adventure in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.

Yes, this is a real …

]]>
Life After Beth star Aubrey Plaza has replaced Jane Lynch as the voice of Grumpy Cat in an upcoming Lifetime TV movie.

I know movies made for television are not something we cover on a regular basis, but it is hard to go anywhere today without running into the image of Grumpy Cat. In the year(+) since becoming the internet’s favorite meme, Grumpy Cat has brought in millions through advertising deals, public appearances, and merchandise. This fall, Lifetime is ready to give Grumpy Cat her first feature length adventure in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.

Yes, this is a real movie. Yes, it is live-action.

Written by Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and Jeff Morris (The True Memoirs of an International Assassin), Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever follows a lonely cat (played by Grumpy Cat herself, Tardar Sauce) who becomes increasingly grumpy while living in a mall pet store during the holiday season. That is, until a 12-year-old girl named Chrystal realizes she can talk to the feline. On Christmas Eve, Chrystal rescues her after the mall closes.

Again, this is a real movie. Hard to believe, no?

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever premieres on Lifetime November 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. There are plans to continue making Grumpy Cat themed films if this one proves to be a success, so please think twice before giving Lifetime your viewership.

Grumpy-Cat-Movie

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/aubrey-plaza-is-now-the-voice-of-grumpy-cat/feed/ 0
Matthew McConaughey Will Not Appear In ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/matthew-mcconaughey-will-not-appear-in-magic-mike-sequel/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/matthew-mcconaughey-will-not-appear-in-magic-mike-sequel/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:19:00 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130795 Attention all you law breakers, the sheriff of Xquisite has left the building.

In a new interview with The Playlist, director Greg Jacobs revealed that Matthew McConaughey will not be appearing in the highly anticipated sequel to Magic Mike. The actor, who originally portrayed Xquisite owner Dallas, does not fit into the plot of the new film. That said, co-stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello are confirmed to return.

Jacobs also used his time spent with The Playlist to reveal a few plot details regarding the upcoming film, which has been given the hilarious title …

]]>
Attention all you law breakers, the sheriff of Xquisite has left the building.

In a new interview with The Playlist, director Greg Jacobs revealed that Matthew McConaughey will not be appearing in the highly anticipated sequel to Magic Mike. The actor, who originally portrayed Xquisite owner Dallas, does not fit into the plot of the new film. That said, co-stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello are confirmed to return.

Jacobs also used his time spent with The Playlist to reveal a few plot details regarding the upcoming film, which has been given the hilarious title of Magic Mike XXL. “It’s a road trip movie,” Jacobs tells the digital outlet, “and put it this way, it’s different enough that once you see it you’ll understand why we made a sequel. No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice.”

It’s likely Magic Mike XXL will also recruit a slew of new co-stars with recognizable backgrounds, but Jacobs told The Playlist the negotiations with new talent are still ongoing. Production is currently underway however, so there should be additional details regarding the cast and plot in the coming weeks.

Co-written by Reid Carolin and Channing Tatum, Magic Mike XXL opens July 1, 2015.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/matthew-mcconaughey-will-not-appear-in-magic-mike-sequel/feed/ 0
REVIEW: Gnarwolves – ‘Gnarwolves’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/review-gnarwolves-gnarwolves/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/review-gnarwolves-gnarwolves/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130446 Artist: Gnarwolves
Album: Gnarwolves
Label: Pure Noise Records

Let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard for a pop punk band to climb out of the grave that the “Defend Pop Punk” movement has become. A name like Gnarwolves backed up by images of pizza slices and skateboards can either serve as a calling card to invite new listeners into something they already know they’re going to love, or as a warning sign for the bored and weary to stay as far away as possible.

Yet Gnarwolves are more than just another skin-deep act — or at least that’s what one would …

]]>
Artist: Gnarwolves
Album: Gnarwolves
Label: Pure Noise Records

Let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard for a pop punk band to climb out of the grave that the “Defend Pop Punk” movement has become. A name like Gnarwolves backed up by images of pizza slices and skateboards can either serve as a calling card to invite new listeners into something they already know they’re going to love, or as a warning sign for the bored and weary to stay as far away as possible.

Yet Gnarwolves are more than just another skin-deep act — or at least that’s what one would assume if their name has traveled across the pond and onto US soil, let alone signing and releasing an LP through Pure Noise Records.

As a trio, this Brighton, UK act have no room for flashy theatrics. On top of handling vocals, Thom Weeks and Charlie Piper handle guitar and bass duties respectively, while Max Weeks pounds away at the drum kit. With few exceptions, the songs that composed their previous EPs were very straightforward and featured few time and key changes. But the thing is, that only really works on 12-minute EPs that are packed full of songs that average out at 90 seconds, so on this 28-minute full-length the band have become a little more liberal with their dynamics and track times, thus changing up their songwriting game entirely.

There’s no doubting it, these guys truly are honor roll students of the school of skate punk. You can hear it in their self-titled lead single “Smoking Kills,” and see it in its music video. There are plenty of Millencolin-influenced riffs scattered on throughout the album that can go to show that this trio have probably logged in a serious amount of hours shredding gaps in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. But rather than producing a purely throwback-driven sound, they’ve added on their own twists to spice things up. From the moment I heard the snowballing bridge of the album’s opening track, “Kick It,” I knew immediately that this record would prove to rise above expectations. “Bottle to Bottle” proves that the band can hold their own when it comes to slow-burning tracks and still hold a listener’s attention, even with its wimper-like crooning.

If there’s one thing that takes on the spotlight of Gnarwolves, it’s their vocal game. By claiming the punk rock ethos of using whatever vocal skills you have and not caring to adjust for anybody or anything in the world, the trio are able to convey something that bands have somehow increasingly found trouble with: honesty. The gritty, loud, and confident sound that’s found on tracks like “Prove It,” “Everything You Think You Know,” and “Day Man” further cements the fact that it’s there to stay.

This full-length proves that these UK boys know how to write a variety of really great songs using a mixed bag of sounds, but what it fails to prove is that they know how to connect them with one another, which is incredibly ironic considering the fact that my favorite track from the record is “Flow.” But by no means does that indicate that Gnarwolves is a bad record, but it does mean that you might as well listen to it on shuffle. These guys haven’t quite nailed the make or break art of organizing an album, but perhaps a collection of 7″ EPs à la Fall Out Boy’s Pax Am Days could’ve been a better release method.

Whether or not you’re looking for a definitive experience that includes memorable points like a beginning, middle, and end, or just something to listen to while bombing hills (heck, even just at work/school and wishing you were bombing hills), Gnarwolves is 2014 skate punk done great, but not quite perfected.

SCORE: 8/10
Review written by Adrian Garza — (follow him on Twitter)

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/review-gnarwolves-gnarwolves/feed/ 0
Ryan Adams Releases New Music Video For “My Wrecking Ball” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/ryan-adams-releases-new-music-video-for-my-wrecking-ball/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/ryan-adams-releases-new-music-video-for-my-wrecking-ball/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:40:56 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130781 Not too long ago, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, via PAX-AM, put out a new record, three years after his 2011 Fire & Ashes release. This record, since then, has gained a good amount of mixed feedback from the general public. As we’ve mentioned previously, Adams has also just released a few more new songs for the PAX-AM 7-inch series.

In light of all of this, a new, vintage-esque music video has just been released for one of his new record’s strongest tracks, “My Wrecking Ball.” You can check it out below.

]]>
Not too long ago, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, via PAX-AM, put out a new record, three years after his 2011 Fire & Ashes release. This record, since then, has gained a good amount of mixed feedback from the general public. As we’ve mentioned previously, Adams has also just released a few more new songs for the PAX-AM 7-inch series.

In light of all of this, a new, vintage-esque music video has just been released for one of his new record’s strongest tracks, “My Wrecking Ball.” You can check it out below.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/ryan-adams-releases-new-music-video-for-my-wrecking-ball/feed/ 0
TyDi Releases New Song Featuring Chris Carrabba http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/tydi-releases-new-song-featuring-chris-carrabba/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/tydi-releases-new-song-featuring-chris-carrabba/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:30:29 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130774 Australian breakthrough electronic artist, tyDi, has just put out a new song, entitled “The Closer I Get,” off of his upcoming album, Redefine, set to be released on September 30. This track features Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Twin Forks.

In a recent interview on The Gunz Show, tyDi mentions that his love for music is very much influenced by the bands he used to listen to growing up, such as Blink-182 and the like. This is made evident in how melodic and alternative-fused his other music is, even with its electronic nature. Having worked with artists such …

]]>
Australian breakthrough electronic artist, tyDi, has just put out a new song, entitled “The Closer I Get,” off of his upcoming album, Redefine, set to be released on September 30. This track features Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Twin Forks.

In a recent interview on The Gunz Show, tyDi mentions that his love for music is very much influenced by the bands he used to listen to growing up, such as Blink-182 and the like. This is made evident in how melodic and alternative-fused his other music is, even with its electronic nature. Having worked with artists such as Dia Frampton, tyDi’s music is definitely worth your while especially if you are looking to get into electronic music as an alternative/indie fan.

You can stream “The Closer I Get” (via AltPress) here and pre-order Redefine here.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/18/tydi-releases-new-song-featuring-chris-carrabba/feed/ 0
The Story So Far’s Parker Cannon Forms Hardcore Band Snarl http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/17/the-story-so-fars-parker-cannon-forms-hardcore-band-snarl/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/17/the-story-so-fars-parker-cannon-forms-hardcore-band-snarl/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:47:10 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130766 The Story So Far are gearing up to tour with The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, and Gnarwolves for the entire month of October. To get ready for what will be an exciting outing, frontman Parker Cannon announced today that he has formed a hardcore project called Snarl.

Little is known about the project but it sure will bring some hype from pop-punk fans that Cannon will be changing his vocal style to show off his screaming vocals this time around. Read below what Cannon had to say about the project:

“I finally had enough time at home to write/earned enough

]]>
The Story So Far are gearing up to tour with The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, and Gnarwolves for the entire month of October. To get ready for what will be an exciting outing, frontman Parker Cannon announced today that he has formed a hardcore project called Snarl.

Little is known about the project but it sure will bring some hype from pop-punk fans that Cannon will be changing his vocal style to show off his screaming vocals this time around. Read below what Cannon had to say about the project:

“I finally had enough time at home to write/earned enough money from touring to record my demo. Its almost done, I’ll be droppin it on bandcamp this weekend for free. Some cool merch will be available online as well. A huge thank you to my brotha @carlitosxguey for the artwork, if you need designs done, hit him up. Stay tuned! SNARL HC 2014″

Be sure to stay tuned to UTG as we will have more information on the project when the new demo drops over the weekend.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/17/the-story-so-fars-parker-cannon-forms-hardcore-band-snarl/feed/ 0
Beach Slang Stream New Song “Dirty Cigarettes” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/17/beach-slang-stream-new-song-dirty-cigarettes/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/17/beach-slang-stream-new-song-dirty-cigarettes/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:39:05 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1130764 Philadelphia’s new wave of punk rockers Beach Slang are ready to release their highly anticipated EP, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, via Tiny Engines. In anticipation of the release, the band has released their third song off the EP called “Dirty Cigarettes,” which premiered on NPR today.

The track is filled with echoed guitars that make it sound like an early ’90s alternative band. This thought comes to mind since the band has been compared to Goo Goo Dolls lately. However, there is a different type of aggression with this band since all three members are/have been …

]]>
Philadelphia’s new wave of punk rockers Beach Slang are ready to release their highly anticipated EP, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, via Tiny Engines. In anticipation of the release, the band has released their third song off the EP called “Dirty Cigarettes,” which premiered on NPR today.

The track is filled with echoed guitars that make it sound like an early ’90s alternative band. This thought comes to mind since the band has been compared to Goo Goo Dolls lately. However, there is a different type of aggression with this band since all three members are/have been in punk bands outside of the Beach Slang.

Check out the song below after the jump and be sure to pre-order the EP right here.

]]>
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/17/beach-slang-stream-new-song-dirty-cigarettes/feed/ 0