American Werewolf Academy

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AWA formed in 2003 when guitarist and vocalist Aaron Thedford’s previous band ‘Robot Monster Weekend’ disbanded. Drummer Tony Harper (Slobberbone) was recruited by an advert in a bar bathroom. Jake Barnhart joined on bass in 2007, and the band’s newest member Jon Binford on Lapsteel and Lead guitar came on board in 2013 and has helped AWA truly come into its own, adding a layer of heavy shoegaze pedal steel and incendiary bursts of lead. They hail from Dallas, TX of USA and have over the course of 14 years evolved into a fascinating exponent of honest, slightly crazy, high-energy rock. The band have toured with Centro-matic and label mates Wussy.  

Dead without Dying & Gleefully Detached is the brand new album from Dallas’s American Werewolf Academy, due for release on 22nd September 2017 via Damnably. It is the bands fifth full length and third to be released in the UK, after the 2011 compilation Everything Is Alright So Far and 2013’s Out Of Place All The Time.

Dead Without Dying… finds AWA crafting some of their most raw and melodic material to date, exploring such themes as mortality, unearthly beasts, Armageddon, and the wisdom that comes with age, all inside layers of Cheap Trick-era power chord hooks and the wild absurdity of Roky Erickson, resulting in a blend of sing-able, anthemic rock.

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The Skinny (UK) 4/5 Stars “Singer Aaron Thedford is their secret weapon, with his Brian Fallon-esque tones injecting a weathered cool into the more worldly-wise numbers, while during peppier moments, he sounds uncannily like Robert Pollard (Young Wild Free is practically a paean to Isolation Drills). Surrounded by chunky chords and heroic melodies, he makes plain ol’ pop songs seem like the only thing you’ll ever need. No fancy ideas necessary: Out Of Place All The Time is killer.”
8.5/10 LOUDER THAN WAR “What the fuck is this and why didn’t I know about it before now?”
9/10 Viva La Rock “Recommended highly and a late album of the year contender”
7/10 Whisperin and Hollering “This is another cool record on Damnably for any lovers of unashamedly lo-fi monster music.”
7/10 ROCKSOUND “These are good, solid songs, performed with character”
“there is much infectiousness that abounds” Popmatters
Intro (DE) Subtly blended punk rock upset meets the energy of early Slade, something David Bowie-glam in a melodious voice and plaintive guitar hiking. One can imagine that fans of Mission Of Burma, quasi or Sebadoh going to enjoy this”
Blurt (USA) “Texas grows great musicians like it grows shitty presidential candidates, but American Werewolf Academy manage to stand out in a highly competitive music scene populated by talented musicians. Just waiting for the rest of the world to catch up with this band.”
Pennyblackmusic (UK) “one of the USA’s best unsung bands”
God Is In The TV (UK) “American Werewolf Academy have a bluesy swagger that sits alongside Bruce Springsteen‘s more life-affirming efforts.”
Rolling Stone (DE) “Melodic, joyous and romantic tumbling rock and roll, as if the Cars (as, in the band) were in the garage next door. Always at the top end of their game, the three from Dallas play their staggering Power-Pop. Everything is alright so far!”
Sodapop (IT) “I wondered, especially after an attack such as the single ‘The Hop’, the reason why I have not noticed a group so beautiful and insightful, especially after almost two decades of underground activity.”
Muzikalia (ES) “An essential listen.”
The Music Fix (UK) “they favour the fantastic over the mundane and who can fault them for that?”
Kwadratuur (BE) “Whatever genre these Texans are cutting, the results are equally delicious. Fantastic Album.”
Kindamuzik (NL) “From the first notes of opener ‘The Hop’ to closing ‘Welcome to the Academy, relives the days of The Replacements’ heyday, ingenious, classic and honest guitar rock, addictive, emotional vocals, a jewel without the pretenses of a large audience merit.”
Ikon1931 (SE) “It is totally unassuming, bursting with enthusiasm and a whole truck load of punk attitude.”
Dallas Morning News “You’d be hard-pressed to find more viscerally efficient rock songs than those assembled by American Werewolf Academy.”
Splendid Magazine “Somebody give these kids a record deal, now.”


Check back soon for upcoming shows.

01 Oct 2012 American Werewolf Academy in London Cargo UK
30 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in Ramsgate Caboose Cafe UK
29 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in Brighton Green Door UK
28 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in London Charlie Wrights UK
27 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in Hull Adelphi Club UK
25 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in Leicester The Musician UK
24 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in Oxford Truck Music Store UK
23 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in Bristol The Croft UK
22 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in Cardiff Undertone UK
21 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in Wakefield The Hop UK
20 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in York Stereo UK
19 Sep 2012 American Werewolf Academy in London The Windmill UK