Emerging Artists: Gnarwolves and Tangled Hair

Gnarwolves++October+2012

Gnarwolves

WITH more references to Huxley’s Brave New World than you can shake a skateboard at, this plucky trio from Brighton show there’s more to pop-punk than singing about masturbation and teenage heartbreak (think more Title Fight and Basement than New Found Glory and Green Day). They’re only just releasing their full-length album later this year, but have more than proved on their three EPs that they’re capable of writing punchy songs with massive sing-alongs.

After seeing them on their summer tour, I can safely say there’s an excitement surrounding Gnarwolves. They play with heart, and the fun they have is infectious when watching them; from the opening lines of their first song History Is Bunk until they closed their set with Melody Has Big Plans, the vocal chords of the crowd barely got a chance to rest.  When they finally release their debut album, big things are going to be coming their way. Until then, all their music is available to stream on Bandcamp, including a recording of a recent Glasgow show from their latest tour for “name your price” (a.k.a. free).

Tangled Hair

FIVE years ago, math-pop band Colour split-up on the cusp of turning into a much bigger deal. Their cult following had no need to despair, though, with a couple of new projects rising from their ashes. Guitarist George Reid took a step away from tapping away at his fret board and went on to become one half of UK pop duo AlunaGeorge. Another of said projects is Tangled Hair, which is composed of Alan Welsh (on vocals and guitar) and James Trood (on drums) who are joined by bassist Alex Lloyd.

Tangled Hair write math-rock littered with catchy hooks and nifty time-changes. All of the band members are more than proficient at playing their instruments (give the drumming in ‘Yeah…It Does Look Like A Spider’ a watch on Youtube.), yet their songs are subtly structured and they don’t force themselves to show it off. At the moment they only have two EPs released (First and Apples), but are currently signed to Big Scary Monsters and have more material in the pipe line. You can give them a listen on their Bandcamp (tangledhair.bandcamp.com).