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 Spinefarm Records
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 and synthesisers), Andy Ghosh (guitar), Lianna Lee Davies (bass guitar) and Blake Davies (drums). Their first album, Turbowolf, was released on 11 November 2011 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]

Before releasing their first 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 and Dinosaur Pile-Up.[4] In 2010, they also toured in Europe with Korn and Dimmu Borgir.[4] The band has also been very active on the festival circuit, with performances at Download, Sonisphere, Lovebox, Great Escape, SXSW, Boardmasters and Hevy among 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" had a heavily psychedelic video (also directed by Agnew), which was premiered on NME magazine's website.[6]

An EP titled Covers EP Vol 1 with cover versions of four songs ("See Through Head" – The Hives, "Electric Feel" – MGMT, "Captain Caveman" – Lightning Bolt and "Somebody To Love" – Jefferson Airplane/The Great Society) was released in October 2012.[7]

In April 2014, Turbowolf released another single, "Solid Gold", which was available as a free download on Kerrang!]] magazine's website which also hosted the accompanying video.[8]

In October 2014, they released another single, "Rabbits Foot", which was supported by BBC Radio 1 as their rockest record of the week and which appeared on many of the radio station's daytime shows, making it Turbowolf's most listened to song. A music video for this was released that autumn.[9] The band also announced a tour with Death From Above 1979[10] and another headlining tour with bands including Hyena and Dolomite Minor around December in the same year.[11]

Turbowolf's second album, Two Hands, was released on 7 April 2015. [12] on Spotify.[13]

Turbowolf has said that they are working on a new album named Quell: The Ever Changing Sorcerer of Past, Present & Future which is scheduled to be released when the next solar eclipse takes place.[14]

Reception[edit]

Turbowolf's first album was met with critical acclaim after its 11 November 2011 release. Artrocker magazine gave the album 5/5 and made it their Album of the Month, describing it as "fascinating".[15]

Kerrang magazine said the album was "glorious" and that "Turbowolf truly excel", describing the sound as "a tasty thick soup of distorted boogie rock, psychedelic weirdness and snarling punk attitude."[16]

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 gave the record 8/10 describing it as "exceptional", while also saying, "It's utterly filthy, untold amounts of fun."[17]

Total Guitar magazine said the album was "a speaker-crunching shot into the arm of the UK rock scene. The best British debut we've heard this year."[18]

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."[19]

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."[20]

Sludgefactory gave the album 10/10 and opened its review, "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", adding, "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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums:

EPs:

  • Covers EP Vol. 1 (12", EP) (Hassle Records, 2012)

Singles:

  • "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) (2011)
  • "Rabbits Foot" (single) (Spinefarm, Search and Destroy, 2014) [#28 Mainstream Rock Tracks]

Demos:

  • "Avec, Avec!" V2M Production (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Platt, Hugh (7 November 2011). "Album: Turbowolf – Turbowolf". 
  2. ^ "Turbowolf Interview". 
  3. ^ Newbound, Tim (Dec 2011). "Turbowolf Don't Follow The Pack", Rock Sound magazine, issue 155, p28
  4. ^ a b "Turbowolf to tear up Europe with Korn? F**k yeah!". ThrashHits.com. 20 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Exclusive! Check out Turbowolf's video for 'A Rose for the Crows'". Kerrang!. 
  6. ^ "Turbowolf – 'Read & Write'". NME. 
  7. ^ "Album Review: Turbowolf - Covers EP Vol.1". Already Heard. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Turbowolf – Solid Gold". Kerrang!. 
  9. ^ "Turbowolf – Rabbits Foot Official Music Video on VEVO". Youtube. 
  10. ^ "Turbowolf touring with Death From Above 1979 announcement on Facebook". 
  11. ^ Sharman, Martin. "Live Review: Turbowolf with Hyena and Dolomite Minor at Newcastle Academy – 15th April 2015". There Goes The Fear. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Turbowolf – Two Hands CD Digipak". 
  13. ^ "Turbowolf touring with Hyena and Dolomite Minor announcement on Facebook". 
  14. ^ http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/list.html
  15. ^ Rawlins, Ric. Artrocker magazine, issue 116, p65, December 2011
  16. ^ McLaughlin, David. Kerrang magazine, issue 1390, p52, 19 November 2011
  17. ^ Aylott, Tom. Rock Sound, issue 155, p84, December 2011
  18. ^ Parker, Matthew. Total Guitar, issue 221, p30, December 2011
  19. ^ Tipple, Ben (4 November 2011). "Review Turbowolf Turbowolf". Punktastic. 
  20. ^ Davies, Phil. Big Cheese magazine issue 139, p15, November 2011
  21. ^ Grim, Gary (23 November 2011). "Turbowolf – Self Titled – CD Review". Sludgefactory. 
  22. ^ "Turbowolf – Album Review". 13 November 2011. 
  23. ^ "Turboworlf – Turbowolf (album)". AltSounds.com. 20 November 2011. 
  24. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/Turbowolf Turbowolf Discography on Discogs.com

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