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Whisper Scream (take 3)
boygenuis: After listening to this on repeat a bunch, I think I can find a place for this in my collection.
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ghengus23: great down dirty country rock feelin' from the start. Reminds me of social distortion. Not sure if...

6/27/2006

American Werewolf Academy - American Werewolf Academy is a band based on the unashamed principles of pop. The band's influences range from 60s proto punk, 70s power pop, post punk to bubblegum rock. Favorite bands of AWA include Guided By Voices, The Who, XTC, The Kinks, Cheap Trick, Roky Erickson, The New Pornographers, and R.E.M.

AWA was formed in the fall of 2003 after Robot Monster Weekend had to call it a day and Slobberbone was taking a break. 

Four guys from Dallas, TX are in the band. 
Live Like Kings Forever
Weighted Rating: [31 Votes, 3.11 Stars]
Views: 3,485
GoingtothePoolhouse [8/25/2007 1:22:11 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
chickadee [3/10/2007 7:19:45 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
Sir Rod Stewart voice!
itchybrother [2/6/2007 2:32:54 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
pretty good but isn't there a rule that says you're not allow to rhyme dreams and schemes anymore?
TheBuyer [12/29/2006 10:00:57 PM EST]
Score: +0
shiny
aaronlife [12/20/2006 11:53:39 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
sounds like some 60s song turned inside outnice band... nice band... don't bite me.
Will H. Disney [12/9/2006 10:01:45 AM EST]
Score: +0
I love this song - should have given it a 4.5.
kashworth [8/12/2006 1:05:22 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
Not your best but better than most of the stuff on this site....
thedirtygerman [7/15/2006 1:56:08 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
You must listen to guided by voices, structure sounds a bit similar. Try listening to the Dead Kennedys. You sound like jellllllo! yum.
TheBuyer [7/7/2006 5:58:53 AM EST]
Score: +0
you remind me of a brad from a different time, he's a good internet presence too
ruben remus [7/7/2006 4:53:14 AM EST]
Score: +0
Well, a great big "Danke" to you then.
TheBuyer [7/7/2006 12:24:03 AM EST]
Score: +0
rubemn, your remusings are sorely missed, great to see you posting again!
ruben remus [7/7/2006 12:20:01 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
For what it is, the performance here is very nearly right on the mark, and this has the potential to be great record. The orchestration is interesting, dynamic without being bombastic. The circus-y drums at the start sound great, not just the swingin’, triple-meter beat- which is comfortably familiar without being completely generic- but the production as well, which is a nice change from some of the cardboard-box-and-garbage-can-lid-sounding percussion on a lot of the underground stuff on the Web. The trem guitar and the fast eight notes on the acoustic really sparkle, and the whole thing practically jumps out of the speakers at you, in the best powerpop tradition. The vocals, performance-wise as well as melodically, are right on point- although to my ears, more harmonies are in order. The lyrics that are here are great, and there’s hooks you could land sharks with. Unfortunately, like too many modern pop songs, the song itself feels criminally underwritten. It sounds as if the songwriter never quite finished, couldn’t come up with anymore lyrics, didn’t know where else to go, and just wrote “repeat to end” and went in to record it. The lack of any additional verses keeps this from being the perfect pop confection that it could be, and deserves to be. As it stands, it’s an album track, but I think if you just shorten the middle a little and get back for another verse or two, and then do the big ending with the extended bridge/chorus section, you’ve got an awesome single. In spite of that, it’s such unashamedly beautiful pop-rock, it’s just above 3 stars, but I’m going to round up to 3.5- and it would be a bona fide four stars (maybe 4+) if you finish writing the song.
Mr. Bratty [7/5/2006 11:55:28 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
I have a problem with people from Texas doing britpop and using pseudo british accents. Other than that, I like britpop and these guys do it pretty well.
Joonbug420 [7/5/2006 7:44:38 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
Musically, I am not a fan of this song...oddly, the vocals kinda reminded me of Blind Melon, so I couldn't hate it completely.
iodine73 [7/3/2006 1:27:41 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1 star
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

where's the "werewolf" in this band? Is he the mascot?

I got another band name idea for you guys: "American Suburban Pansies".
KeavesSharpy [6/29/2006 5:13:12 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
The Monkeys, The Partridge Family meet Rod Stewart's "Angie" with a bit of Beatles production style.

1976 charts? What's that got to do with it?

Perfect Hair Forever!!! Nothing new here.
toysintrouble [6/29/2006 1:28:29 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
It's a damn fine song...everyone whines too much...nice work guys
TheBuyer [6/29/2006 12:05:46 PM EST]
Score: +0
Even worse is the way qualcomm breaks very important mix-tape rules (as layed out by Nick Hornby) by putting this song within ten of one by the same band. It's like he hates all of us. You. Me. Them. Everybody.
alexanderstrung [6/29/2006 12:01:28 PM EST]
Score: +0
i can imagine it's difficult to pick songs but one good rule of thumb would be to not feature songs on a novelty basis (not naming names here but *whistle-whistle-whistle*) ...
Backwater [6/29/2006 10:30:35 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
I like these guys for some reason. they've got a raw energy about them. this particular song deserves a little better than 3.5, but not 4 stars. It does kind of trail off at the end (he said trailing off at the end)....
qualcomm [6/28/2006 10:49:46 PM EST]
Score: +0
this may be true, from a certain point of view. but i've yet to hear any kind of consensus about what those doozies are. you should see some of the #@&%! drfringe says we oughta feature. listen: this here picking out songs to feature? it's a tough racket.
alexanderstrung [6/28/2006 10:47:47 PM EST]
Score: +0
i think this song kind of got short shrift. i wish i'd given it another half star just cause of that part where he says "foreverrrerrrerrrrr!!!" maybe the song doesn't QUITE hit the mark it seems to be shootin for, but damn it has some personality and is a lot better put together than most of the featured songs here. i like to comment on songs in other comment areas besides their own, so here's a secret: the featured songs are often *bland* or *crappy*. there i said it. though they do seem to be improving of late. and the editors have passed up a couple doozies that should have been featured for sure in favor of some dubious-ass #@&%!
TheNationwide [6/28/2006 2:44:59 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
I liked it. Although I enjoyed their first song 'Welcome To The Academy' much more, this one didn't let me down either. I liked the fact that it was fluffy with a fuzzy guitar and happy lyrics. People just aren't happy enough anymore! If these guys came to the area, I'd go see them.
champ30 [6/28/2006 12:38:35 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1.5 stars
Cobainsaxsolo [6/28/2006 8:47:02 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
cuuntry [6/28/2006 12:27:06 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
meow
lauras [6/27/2006 11:22:51 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
this is well done but i'm not a big fan of the vocals.
chewytunes [6/27/2006 9:13:46 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
catchy but not annoying at all. i dig.
mistaeyeball [6/27/2006 8:40:57 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
Good stuff.. Like the Dandy Warhols but noisier. Of course the Dandy Warhols were like some one else and so on. Good Job. (Also I probably mispelled that. I don't care.)
francois [6/27/2006 6:54:52 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
good stuff here guys...worthy of featured def.
reminds me kind of like my dads SLADE records meets the wonderstuff.[in a good way]. made me want to hug someone / thanks
karhuminer [6/27/2006 4:55:39 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
BrownBunny [6/27/2006 4:22:04 PM EST]
Score: +0
Alexic, our computations were erroneous. We should have said 33 years ago:

http://www.doremi.co.uk/glam/1973.html

GLAM ROCK
BrownBunny [6/27/2006 4:19:06 PM EST]
Score: +0
Let's face it, if Tony Blair had a *real* favorite band, it would be American Werewolf Academy.
TheBuyer [6/27/2006 4:10:32 PM EST]
Score: +0
You don't think these guys sound like Bob Seger though because that's impossible.
Nick Rivers [6/27/2006 4:06:00 PM EST]
Score: +0
I think you also neglected to cite the far-reaching influence of BOB SEGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND.
TheBuyer [6/27/2006 4:01:22 PM EST]
Score: +0
You're half right, bb. The second half.
BrownBunny [6/27/2006 4:00:56 PM EST]
Score: +0
You're such a chart-whore, TheBuyer.
TheBuyer [6/27/2006 4:00:53 PM EST]
Score: +0
Just throwing it out there that #@&%!ty disco was popular back then, I couldn't find anything from 30 years ago that sound like this song. You're right of course, there are a million reasons to disregard charts but they're handy for setting a baseline for production values and popular esthetics.
Nick Rivers [6/27/2006 3:47:34 PM EST]
Score: +0
The Buyer...that's a pretty unrepresentative list. The Clash and Elvis Costello were just getting started around '76, among many, many others. Just because these guys aren't doing a disco version of a Chopin etude (see Walter Murphy) doesn't validate their originality...
albertseven [6/27/2006 3:26:04 PM EST]
Score: +0
I'd just like to say that constructive criticism is one thing, but dismissing music because it sounds old to your ears is just stupid. People have been singing songs with emotion since music was created. You sing about what you feel; just becuase they're not not "screaming" or "having knife fights" doesn't mean they shouldn't be taken seriously. You're just mad becuase this genre is still being listened to by people, for whatever reason. Oh well, it's just our revenge for making us listen to your horrible music for the past 10 minutes.
Alexic [6/27/2006 3:13:06 PM EST]
Score: +0
Right, and if 30 years from now you told people that no one listens to anything else but brittney spears and 98 degree's, well, If they are completley retarded, they might just believe you.
TheBuyer [6/27/2006 2:41:58 PM EST]
Score: +0
TheBuyer [6/27/2006 2:41:44 PM EST]
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This sort of thing was not done 30 years ago, not even close.

"Here are the 20 biggest songs of 1976 according to Billboard Magazine.

# 1 Tonight's The Night - Rod Stewart # 1
# 2 Silly Love Songs - Wings # 1
# 3 Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee # 1
# 4 Disco Lady - Johnny Taylor # 1
# 5 Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry # 1
# 6 December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) - The Four Seasons # 1
# 7 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon # 1
# 8 Kiss And Say Godbye - Manhattans # 1
# 9 If You Leave Me Now - Chicago # 1
# 10 Love Hangover - Diana Ross # 1
# 11 Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band # 1
# 12 (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty - KC & The Sunshine Band # 1
# 13 A Fifth Of Beethoven - Walter Murphy # 1
# 14 Disco Duck - Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots # 1
# 15 I Write The Songs - Barry Manilow # 1
# 16 Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players # 1
# 17 Boogie Fever - Sylvers # 1
# 18 Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're going To) - Diana ross # 1
# 19 You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees # 1
# 20 Let Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers # 1 "
BrownBunny [6/27/2006 1:50:23 PM EST]
Score: +0
I totally agree with you Alexic.
Alexic [6/27/2006 1:33:01 PM EST]
Score: +0
it's good to see that this is the kind of music getting posative reviews on this site.


Wasn't this done 30 years ago?
GravitiesBass [6/27/2006 1:28:39 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
This is a winner. drums=good, fuzzy guitar=good, hell even the vocals=good. Very solid song from you guys. Best one I've heard. I was even disapointed when the song ended, because I wanted more.
drfringe [6/27/2006 1:20:35 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
very nice, I think its uplifting lighthearted and well produced
TheBuyer [6/27/2006 12:29:27 PM EST]
Score: +0
Oh. I thought we were just making silly noises.
BrownBunny [6/27/2006 12:24:46 PM EST]
Score: +0
qualcomm objects to "qua" and "ergo." I object to the elderly. ergo I object to qualcomm.
TheBuyer [6/27/2006 12:20:59 PM EST]
Score: +0
I'm sorry too...quee
Mr. Pony [6/27/2006 12:16:14 PM EST]
Score: +0
That's okay! What?
BrownBunny [6/27/2006 12:10:21 PM EST]
Score: +0
I'm sorry...qua
Mr. Pony [6/27/2006 12:08:46 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
Again, you really gotta appreciate their spirit and pure intentions. I mean, I do, anyway.
qualcomm [6/27/2006 11:57:17 AM EST]
Score: +0
yeah, this is their homage to the pollard, i'm told.
alexanderstrung [6/27/2006 11:56:18 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
isn't that an unused bob pollard album title?
TheBuyer [6/27/2006 11:54:56 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rod Stewart smelled the top of the open carton of jizz and made a face. Something was off. He lifted the carton and checked the sell-by date. "2004, #@&%! me," he said, and tilted a generous wad into his cheek. He gargled the acrid gob of jizz to the tune of Maggie. Rod Stewart spat twice and licked his teeth. He couldn't never remember the lyrics for the second verse.
qualcomm [6/27/2006 11:25:30 AM EST]
Score: +0
one of the things i really like about this track is the non-standard structure. no verse-chorus-verse here. instead we get verse-minichorus-big chorus-another big chorus-fadeout. it's in and out before you have time to get bored. plus, i like the singer's voice--it's like a rod stewart after gargling with a particularly acrid gob of jizz. i agree the tone of the guitars is a little annoying, but i'm willing to forgive it in such a deliberately lo-fi garagey affair.
SirenEast [6/27/2006 11:02:30 AM EST]
Score: +0
I was big fan of AWA's other featured track, "Welcome to the Academy" (http://www.redfizz.com/rf/song.aspx?&songid=341401). Still am. But I'm having a little trouble getting into this one.

I dig the beginning, but the "it's a beautiful thing" rubs me the wrong way. There is a nice meta-self-aware vibe to the first half, but once "it's a beautiful thing" comes it, it seems less meta than just pop.

Still, gunna listen for a while before I vote.
tj_maximum [6/27/2006 10:53:30 AM EST]
Score: +0
It's alright. I like the tone of the tambourine at the beginning. The guitar is a little crunchier than I would like. For this type of music, I feel that the janglier the better.
qualcomm [6/27/2006 10:25:09 AM EST]
Score: +0
oh, ergo? why didn't you say so?
BrownBunny [6/27/2006 10:05:57 AM EST]
Score: +0
yup - but their glam rock style is specifically british, qc. ergo it doesn't matter if they're french, like francois, I still don't like them.
qualcomm [6/27/2006 9:57:57 AM EST]
Score: +0
britain? bb, you realize these guys are from texas, right?
rkbronco [6/27/2006 9:47:40 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
Power pop with great noise at the end of the track as it builds - catchy hook
BrownBunny [6/27/2006 9:46:02 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
Glam rock is back! The singer's voice annoys me. As does this song. But they have some interesting riffs--and the opening couple of bars make you think tehy're going into noddle-rock territory, before a nice twist on the guitar. I feel like an #@&%! for giving it 2.5, but this is everything I hate about Britain.
Mr. Pink [6/27/2006 9:07:21 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1 star
this one is not workin for me. Sounds too much like it wants to be in one of the Naked Gun movies.
Will H. Disney [6/27/2006 8:17:36 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
Catchy.
randalpink [6/27/2006 7:33:11 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
Love the lyrics. Don't care for the tone of the guitar.

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