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Matthew Awbery – Vocals & Guitar,
Sam Johnson – Drums,
Harry Woodrow – Bass.
1. My Anaemic Friend
2. Lovely Shiny Teardrop
3. I’m Not Well
Ah, THE WOLF HOWLS WHEN I SCREAM YOUR NAME, we meet again. Regular readers (why?!) may remember the band’s debut EP, ‘To Be Where There Is Pale Light’, was reviewed in these parts back in the spring of last year, and that they were one to keep an eye on for future releases. Well, you certainly didn’t have to wait long for their follow-up effort, as they are back for another round with their latest EP, ‘Where Flies Will Reign’.
Having discussed the topic of death on their debut, this EP sees the band tackle the subject of relationships. Specifically, as Matt Awbrey says:
“…a relationship making you feel unwell, whilst having this subconscious sense that everything is going to fall apart, whilst blaming yourself in the midst of it all, with hindsight I see the realities of what these songs are about as I went into the studio as an attempt to kind of fix that relationship by doing something productive”.
It is a testament to the band’s fearlessness at tackling tricky and emotive subjects in their music, so how does it fare?
At only three songs, ‘Where Flies Will Reign’ keeps proceedings succinct and to-the-point, and retains the band’s signature twinkling yet cathartic sound. “My Anaemic Friend” opens delicately with shimmering clean guitars, building slowly and steadily towards a thunderous and freeing finale. It really captures the tumult that surrounds such relationship issues, whilst the vocals primarily soothe with smooth, drawn-out melodies – everything is fine; but is it?
If THE WOLF HOWLS WHEN I SCREAM YOUR NAME’s overall sound (bar the vocals) takes some cues from luminaries RADIOHEAD and ALICE IN CHAINS, then “Lovely Shiny Teardrop” leans more towards the former with a little added sunshine. It waltzes wonderfully, and makes use of some tinkling xylophone to supplement the sweet guitar melody, which only adds a certain sense of romanticism to the fold. With that being said, the vocals put paid to that notion with a decidedly darker tone about them (it is an EP about a poor relationship, after all).
Closer “I’m Not Well” follows a similar format to the EP’s opener, but really doubles down on the more morose side of things. It is as if it is truly trying to accentuate the idea of being unwell in a relationship – or the relationship making you unwell – with jangling guitars, a plodding tempo and overall malaise that settles on and weighs heavy on the heart. The notion that Awbrey states of things falling apart is most apparent here, with the despairing nature giving way to raucous pain towards the end. Ain’t love grand, eh?
Catharsis is a useful tool in music, and bands like THE WOLF HOWLS WHEN I SCREAM YOUR NAME are eminently adept at using it to express the emotions that centre around their chosen theme. An apparently toxic relationship carries with it any number of different feelings, and ‘Where Flies Will Reign’ does a pretty damn good job at covering them. The melancholy of illness is transferred ably into the music here, and the emotive vocal delivery does well to convey the heartache of a bad relationship. For their second EP, the band have continued where they left off last time with another strong release.
Good work, chaps. Look forward to next time!