Turbowolf

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Turbowolf
Mysterious photo of four men with swirling lights behind them
Turbowolf in 2011 (photo Paul Harries)
Background information
Origin Bristol, UK
Genres Hard rock, alternative metal
Years active 2008–present
Labels Hassle
Website turbowolf.co.uk
Members Chris Georgiadis
Andy Ghosh
Blake Davies
Lianna Lee Davies
Past members Jeremy Dunham
Chris Davis
Betty Cottam
Joe Baker

Turbowolf is a rock band founded in Bristol, UK whose members include Chris Georgiadis (Vocals / Synth), Andy Ghosh (Guitar), Lianna Lee Davies (Bass) & Blake Davies (Drums). They released their debut album (titled Turbowolf) on 11/11/11 on Hassle Records.[1]

The media have so far struggled to categorise the band's music, partly due to their diverse influences.[2] However, their sound contains elements of rock & roll, psychedelia, heavy metal, punk rock and electronica.[3]

History[edit]

Prior to releasing their debut album, Turbowolf spent several years developing their musical style in a series of UK tours and shows with the likes of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, The Computers, Pulled Apart by Horses & Dinosaur Pile-Up.[4] In 2010 they also toured Europe with Korn & Dimmu Borgir.[4] The band have also been very active on the festival circuit clocking up performances at Download, Sonisphere, Lovebox, Great Escape, SXSW, Boardmasters & Hevy amongst others.

Shortly after signing to Hassle Records in June 2011, Turbowolf released A Rose for the Crows as their first single. The video, directed by Stephen Agnew, was previewed exclusively on Kerrang! magazine's website.[5] The second single Read & Write featured a heavily psychedelic video (also directed by Stephen Agnew), which was premiered on NME magazine's website.[6]

An EP titled 'Covers EP Vol 1' featuring cover versions of these 4 songs: 1. See Through Head – The Hives 2. Electric Feel – MGMT 3. Captain Caveman – Lightning Bolt 4. Somebody To Love – Jefferson Airplane/The Great Society was released in October 2012.

In April 2014 Turbowolf unleashed a new single, Solid Gold, which was available as a free download on Kerrang! magazines website and also hosted the accompanying video[7]

On October 27, 2014, they announced their release date of their second album entitled "Two Hands" (April 6th, 2015). Some announced tracks are named 12 Houses, Good Hand, American Mirrors (premiered live on MOSHCAM's YouTube channel), Rabbit's Foot (having a music video released in November 2014), and Solid Gold (as mentioned before).

Reception[edit]

Turbowolf's debut album was met with critical acclaim upon its 11/11/11 release.

Artrocker magazine gave the album 5/5 and made it their Album of the Month, describing it as "fascinating".[8]

Kerrang magazine said the album is "glorious" and "Turbowolf truly excel" describing the sound as

a tasty thick soup of distorted boogie rock, psychedelic weirdness and snarling punk attitude.[9]

Thrash Hits gave the album 5.5/6 and said

While giving this album one more spin as I checked this review for typos, I felt that giddy rush and desire to shout about Turbowolf at the top of my lungs to any and all people within earshot

I'm questioning how I could've ever feared that it wouldn't be worth the wait – it would've been worth twice this wait.[1]

Rock Sound magazine gave the record 8/10 describing it as "exceptional", while also saying

It's utterly filthy, untold amounts of fun.[10]

Total Guitar magazine said the album is

a speaker-crunching shot into the arm of the UK rock scene. The best British debut we've heard this year[11]

Punktastic awarded the album 4.5/5 and said

TURBOWOLF have created one of the most original and exciting releases in recent years.

What makes the concept of Turbowolf (and indeed the debut release) so exciting is their ability to further develop upon [their] influences, resulting in a creatively unique and engaging style, far removed from any of their contemporaries.

Through this self-titled debut, the band have set the benchmark for British music at an extremely high and thoroughly merciless level.[12]

Big Cheese magazine said

Combining their unmistakeable rocket pace with some frantically feral vocals and riffs, it's hard not to get swept away in the rocking madness.[13]

Sludgefactory gave the album 10/10 and opened their review with

If you like heavy, down-and-dirty, balls out rock 'n’ roll then stop reading this review and go buy this album, simple as that. Okay, I guess I can tell you why you should get this album but you are just wasting precious minutes you could be spending listening to this incredible debut album by the UK's TURBOWOLF.

saying also:

I could go on and on about this album but you really have to hear it to believe it. The only downside to this CD is that it ends.[14]

However AltSounds.com found the album "obvious" and "formulaic", saying

Both the lyrical content of ["Introduction"] and subsequent number, "Ancient Snake," bemoan doomed romance in a much too obvious way. When not behind a demonic subtext, these lead vocals sound like emo dressed in the guises of crunch metal riffs.[15]

Meanwhile Northern Grit Zine gave the album 5/5 saying

The self titled début album from the Bristol based, psychedelic loving Turbowolf is nothing short of astonishing. Stand out tracks aren't easy to choose, due to the immense quality of every single song.

Put simply, this album is flawless; fans of punk, psychedelic, and rock can all come together with this one, and appreciate the mammoth that is Turbowolf.[16]

Discography[edit]

  • Avec, Avec! V2M Production (2007)
  • Bite Me Like A Dog (7", Single) X Recordings (2008)
  • Read And Write (CDr, Single, Promo) Lupata Records (2009)
  • Ancient Snake (CDr, Single) (Self-released) (2010)
  • Let's Die (CDr, Single) (Self-released) (Unknown)
  • Turbowolf(1st Studio Album) (Hassle, 2011)[17]
  • Covers EP Vol. 1 (12", EP) (Hassle Records, 2012)
  • Rabbit's Foot (Single) (Spinefarm, Search and Destroy, 2014)
  • Two Hands (2nd Studio Album) [Due 6th April 2015] (Spinefarm, Search and Destroy, 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Platt, Hugh (7 November 2011). "Album: Turbowolf – Turbowolf". 
  2. ^ "Turbowolf Interview". 
  3. ^ Newbound, Tim (Dec 2011). Rock Sound Magazine issue 155, p28, Turbowolf Don't Follow The Pack
  4. ^ a b Staff (20 August 2010). "Turbowolf to tear up Europe with Korn? F**k yeah!". ThrashHits.com. 
  5. ^ "Exclusive! Check out Turbowolf's video for 'A Rose for the Crows'". 
  6. ^ "Turbowolf – 'Read & Write'". 
  7. ^ "Turbowolf – Solid Gold". 
  8. ^ Rawlins, Ric (Dec 2011). Artrocker Magazine issue 116, p65
  9. ^ McLaughlin, David (Nov 19 2011). Kerrang Magazine issue 1390, p52
  10. ^ Aylott, Tom (Dec 2011). Rock Sound Magazine issue 155, p84
  11. ^ Parker, Matthew (Dec 2011). Total Guitar Magazine issue 221, p30
  12. ^ Tipple, Ben (4 November 2011). "Review Turbowolf Turbowolf". 
  13. ^ Davies, Phil (Nov 2011). Big Cheese Magazine issue 139, p15
  14. ^ Grim, Gary (23 November 2011). "Turbowolf – Self Titled – CD Review". 
  15. ^ Staff (20 November 2011). "Turboworlf – Turbowolf (album)". AltSounds.com. 
  16. ^ "Turbowolf – Album Review". 13 November 2011. 
  17. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/Turbowolf Turbowolf Discography on Discogs.com

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