2005 American Werewolf Academy Album that you may have missed.
Who are American Werewolf Academy?
American Werewolf Academy have an affinity for 1970s sticky power chords and whiskey-coated vocals, the wild absurdity of Roky Erickson and a deep love of Cheap Trick-styled hooks.
Comprising of Aaron Thedford on guitar, Jake Barnhart on bass, Tony Harper on drums and Jon Binford hail from Dallas, TX of USA and release unique and fun, high energy rock ‘n’ roll. The band have toured with Centro-matic and label mates Wussy. File under: rock, anthems, fun Recent Press
8/10 "Singer Aaron Thedford is their secret weapon, with his Brian Fallon-esque tones injecting a weathered cool into the more worldly-wise numbers, while during peppier moments, he sounds uncannily like Robert Pollard (Young Wild Free is practically a paean to Isolation Drills). Surrounded by chunky chords and heroic melodies, he makes plain ol’ pop songs seem like the only thing you’ll ever need. No fancy ideas necessary: Out Of Place All The Time is killer. " The Skinny (UK)
8.5/10 “What the fuck is this and why didn’t I know about it before now?” Louder Than War (UK)
9/10 "Recommended highly and a late album of the year contender"
Viva La Rock (UK)
7/10 "These are good, solid songs, performed with character" ROCKSOUND (UK)
“Texas grows great musicians like it grows shitty presidential candidates, but American Werewolf Academy manage to stand out in a highly competitive music scene populated by talented musicians. Just waiting for the rest of the world to catch up with this band.”
“You’d be hard-pressed to find more viscerally efficient rock songs than those assembled by American Werewolf Academy.”
Dallas Morning News (USA)
“American Werewolf Academy have a bluesy swagger that sits alongside Bruce Springsteen‘s more life-affirming efforts.” God Is In The TV (UK)
“From the first notes of opener ‘The Hop’ to closing ‘Welcome to the Academy, relives the days of The Replacements’ heyday, ingenious, classic and honest guitar rock, addictive, emotional vocals, a jewel without the pretenses of a large audience merit.” Kindamuzik (NL)
“Whatever genre these Texans are cutting, the results are equally delicious. Fantastic Album.” Kwadratuur (BE)
“An essential listen.” Muzikalia (ES)
Melodic, joyous and romantic tumbling rock and roll, as if the Cars (as, in the band) were in the garage next door. Always at the top end of their game, the three from Dallas play their staggering Power-Pop. Everything is alright so far!” Rolling Stone (DE) “
“I wondered, especially after an attack such as the single ‘The Hop’, the reason why I have not noticed a group so beautiful and insightful, especially after almost two decades of underground activity.”
“It is totally unassuming, bursting with enthusiasm and a whole truck load of punk attitude.”Ikon (SE)
"Schroff schrammelnd and voluptuous. Subtly blended punk rock upset meets the energy of early Slade, something David Bowie-glam in a melodious voice and plaintive guitar hiking. One can imagine that fans of Mission Of Burma, quasi or Sebadoh going to enjoy this unpolished album. One extra point is available for the band's name. Intro (DE)
released November 11, 2005
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