The Young Werewolves - Cheat The Devil
Published on Tuesday, 15 December 2009 19:00
Written by sonofabelch
|Artist||The Young Werewolves|
|Album/CD Title||Cheat The Devil|
|By It Now On|
The perfect CD for use anytime and with the living, the dead and the undead! Cheat The Devil
Jesus, just when you think there's no hope for rock and roll, along comes an album like The Young Werewolves' Cheat The Devil
and you wake back up again.
Formed in 2002 after Guitarist Nick Falcon posted ads in several internet sites, the band has been non-stop ever since, clawing their way to recognition first with their debut self-titled album, numerous spots on various television outlets and shows, and in 2008, the release of the long anticipated second full length album: Cheat the Devil. For this one, they somehow wrangled Sid Haig to be the Executive Producer and it's been a match made in heaven... or hell... depending on your leanings. Either way, the shit worked beautifully and the result is an album that not only kicks ass but brings together two of my favorite things: rock and roll and scary shit.
For the most part, The Young Werewolves have always been hard to peg in a one word description. I've heard "Rockabilly", "Surf", "Psychobilly" and a few others to describe them and I guess they all touch on what they sound like. For me, I try not to put them (or anyone) in some kind of box and instead, let bands be what they be. The closest I can come to giving you an idea of what they sound like is to maybe say that Phantom, Rocker, and Slick were driving down the highway and suddenly crossed the center line and crashed head-first into a bus carrying The Donnas, The Ramones, and Dick Dale. Out of the burning, bloody wreckage came The Young Werewolves. Bassist / vocalist Shewolf Dana Kane and Drummer Jonny Wolf round out the trio and the sounds that are recorded by the three are amazing.
After I got this Sig Haig-autographed copy in the mail (compliments of the rest of the staff here who went to the recent 2009 Rock and Shock convention in New England and left me behind to clean the toilets in the club house, sorry-ass bitches....) it took me all of three seconds to fall in love with it. It's everything you're looking for if you are in to straight forward, simple rock and roll. It's hard to key in on any one song as they all have the same groove and funk to them. They all flow out in a way that grabs you and keeps you in the groove from the first song to the last. Songs like "Hollywood" and "Cheatin' the Devil" are the standard they go by and there's no real let up from the constant groove. That's hard to come by these days if you haven't already figured that much out after the past 20 years or so worth of shit that's been passing as rock and roll.
One interesting note was having Sig do the intro to "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". He injects an element of uniqueness in whatever he does and doesn't fail us here. His role as the Devil himself on the cover is perfect, too. This match up is completely natural when you consider the two elements of the band and it's harmony with horror. As evident from pretty much all the content here at KillingBoxx.com, the two marry up perfectly, and The Young Werewolves are proof positive of the relationship.
The best part of the whole project is it's versatility. With Cheat The Devil in the CD player, you can use it for a sound track for whatever you are doing at the time. You can drink to it, party to it, puke to it, sleep to it, wake up to it, and have it playing where ever you are and it won't be out of place. Hell, you can turn whatever movie you are watching all the way down and use it for the soundtrack. It's that good and that fitting for anything you might get into. So far, I find it fitting best while cruising around town at 3 am trying to find my way home, dodging other cars and roadblocks. It adds the perfect soundtrack for intrigue and gets me wondering if there's a killer in the driveway waiting for me if I actually make it home.
All in all, it's a great album and I hope it opens all kinds of doors for the 'Wolves. It's refreshing to see and hear a band like this these days. I highly recommended "Cheating the Devil" and hope it takes them where they want to go. Bands like this deserve to be lifted above the average and given the spotlight and with an album like Cheat The Devil, they're well on their way.
This CD is available for download today at: www.TheYoungWerewolves.com
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