Although punk rock is still around as a musical genre, the style is almost unidentifiable as punk. When most of the bands creating the music have taken the genre and combined it with other styles of rock, the most hardened fans of the style would argue that what is being created now is not real punk rock.
With most of the punk rock music out there today sounding more like alternative than punk rock, it is always a nice change of pace when you come across a band that has made a vow to stay true to the spirit of bands like The Misfits. One such band that is creating punk rock that sounds like punk rock is Cleveland, Ohio’s American Werewolves. And while the band incorporates some hardcore and doo-wop into their current sound, the feeling and spirit of real punk rock is still more than evident in their music. But with hardcore and doo-wop incorporated in their music, American Werewolves have a sound that is theirs and theirs alone.
American Werewolves is a four-piece outfit that came together under the moniker of The Plan in 1998, but had solidified into the current line-up and moniker by 2003. The punk rock outfit is made up of Trevor Moment on violent crooning, Brendan Less on guitars, Tony Scambony on bass, and Nate 68 on drums.
The “68” in Nate 68’s name refers to 1968, a time period that is held in high esteem by the members of American Werewolves. That year is like “the birth of the modern era of horror,” as Trevor Moment once claimed. Certain events, like the debut release of “Night of the Living Dead” and other things made the year very sentimental in the hearts of the musicians who have incorporated horror and death into the lyrics of their songs. The horror motif that runs through songs like “In Haunted Lives” and “For the Cursed” also help to make the music of American Werewolves different than much of the music being produced by today’s groups.
“In Haunted Lives” and “For the Cursed” are just two of the songs on the newest release by the punk rock band. The album, “The Lonely Ones,” is one of the finest moments in recent memory for the punk rock genre. The 2008 album is the latest for American Werewolves and the first for the band on the Robot Monster record label. This album follows the previous releases by the band “We Won’t Stay Dead,” “1968,” and the demo that the band put out during the time in which they were known as The Plan.
If you are a fan of real punk rock, American Werewolves’ new release “The Lonely Ones” is one of album you must experience. Let the band’s combination of punk rock, hardcore, doo-wop, and horror themes make a believer out of you that there is still real punk rock being created by bands in the 21st century.
You can find the band at www.americanwerewolves.com. Also find them on MySpace at www.myspace.com/aw.