The Young Werewolves - The Young
By Marcus Pan
Fun and straight, The Young
Werewolves' brand of gothabilly is about as simple as it gets. If you're
looking for deep instrospective soundscapes, go away. From Zombie Car
Chase to Werewolf Fever, the TYW crew trio deliver home brewed
garage surf at its best and hang out in the same realm where you'll find Cult
of the Psychic Fetus(1), This Years Blonde(2) or Zombina and the
Recorded over a single were-weekend with producer Andy
Kravitz (Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Urge Overkill), the self titled LP comes
to me from my own home state of New Jersey. With Jonny Wolf on drums, Shewolf
Dana K. on bass and Wolfmann Nick Falcon on Guitar, the trio don't go all out
for that hammered smooth or polished sheen. Instead they just infuse their
music with nightly fun and madness. Splatter punk baybee...a perfect soundtrack
for Shawn of the Dead.
The dirty opening low-budget strains of garage surf Evil
Soul croons its standard anthem to the masses - "I wanna rock and roll..."
Lyrics are simplistic but effective, bubble gum rock with an entrail flavor. A
muscle car (57' Chevy) driving zombie joines us in Zombie Car Chase as
the highway opens up for its nightly drag races. Black Cat gets old
school funky and about as psychobilly as any. An ode to Elvis on The Night
the Phantom Went to Graceland.
Ballad Graveyard of Love opens sweet and dark before
rolling into a straight 4/4 macabre love song. Guitar solos by Nick Falcon
bring back memories of my mom's do wop record collection when I was a kid
throughout the album. Curse of the Cocaine Mummies has as good a plot as
most any splatterpunk film that will combine drugs, rock 'n roll, mummies and a
good dose of skating and surfing. The album closes with a hidden gem...a
gothabilly version of Billy Idol's White Wedding which I love.
If you're looking for something that pushes the bar of
newness then you're going to have to keep looking. But if you want a little bit
of fun, a taste of Halloween early, then The Young Werewolves will deliver this
well. There seems to be a rise of the psychobilly these days what-with Zombina
pissing about the UK, Cult of the Psychic Fetus still cranking about the
states, and now The Young Werewolves are just as good as any of the others that
have clawed their way out of their plots in the dark cemeteries at night.
Post: 1 Woodview Dr., Mount Laurel, NJ, 08054, USA
(1) Legends interviewed Reverend Doom in Legends #109.
(2) Reviewed in Legends #148.
(3) Reviewed in Legends #149.
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