Last night I went down to the Exchange to see one of the most exciting bands on the current punk rock circuit, that being Gnarwolves. A trio from Brighton who have over the past couple of years been building up burgeoning fan base for their hook laden hardcore punk, delivering sharp and snappy songs that completely rattle with the spirit of Community that punk rock really thrives on.
Gnarwolves really are a band that drive straight from punks social conscience with an anthemic feel. Droving like a teenage Anti Flag splicing through moments of the Descendants taking nothing for granted. There was a real feel that last night they were generating something that was really meaningful and exciting with their open embrace of punks DIY ethics, with songs written with a heart on sleeve open earnest approach.
It was great to see the room thriving as it was a sell out show, with pretty much everyone knowing the words whilst partaying in the stage diving, frenzied body action. it was just a full on headrush like how would imagine most hardcore shows would have been like in the 80’s and possibly 90’s. Captivating a young audience with the sense of belief that they belonged to something that could potentially give them a voice, or a way to act out their aggression using creative means, something that Punk rock through the generations has been pivotal in doing.
I think the reason why Gnarwolves have had their success so far has been down to a number of reasons, relentless touring and well written songs that openly talk about things that just about anyone can relate too. We can all relate to love, Loss, rage and the ignorance of not feeling listened too or in some case the lost sense of adolescence. Gnarwolves seem perfectly reflect upon all of these things whilst keeping open ears.
Community, Stability, Identity, is one of the bands slower and more anthemic numbers, but it still tackles the the issues of importance and the battles against ignorance and the general importance of social diversity.