By: Berns von Bernington

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Released on November 24, 2014 via Independent

Every now and then you come across a band name that immediately grabs your attention and seeing as I am in the habit of listening to genres such as grindcore, powerviolence and various other extreme music sub-genres, nothing really surprises me anymore. That was until I was introduced to Tommy Concrete and the Werewolves, which is well, interesting to say the least.

Well if I was a betting man I would have expected something along the lines or punky d-beat and it’s exactly that and even more. They released an album titled This Can’t Get Any Worse and make of that what you will. It’s a mash up of thrashy d-beat with some crust punk roots around the edges and it incorporates that raw sound that you’d expect. This being said, it isn’t just some rubbish mid-tempo garbage you get these days, there are some cool solos here and there and there is definitely some variety, but nothing too extreme either, but they have some sick leads. The vocal work is also not your typical d-beat/punk, in some places, which is a nice surprise as well. Not to mention these dudes have got some fucking riffs, who doesn’t like riffs? Exactly!

You’re sitting there thinking you’ve heard it all before and I’m telling you that you haven’t! These guys are pretty special, in my opinion anyway. Granted it took me a while to get into the style and started to piece together the soundscape they were going for and it’s incredibly odd, yet refreshing. I especially enjoyed the bass tone throughout, along with the raw production and D.I.Y. feel and would definitely recommend you give it a listen if you’re into d-beat or any type of punk derived sub-genre, wait scratch that.

These guys aren’t your average d-beat/punk band and to do that takes some guts to go against the grain and it paid off. I would highly recommend this come to think of it!

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