American Werewolf Academy

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  • American Werewolf Academy
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American Werewolf Academy are a band based on the unashamed principles of pop. The band’s influences range from 60s pop, 70s power pop, post punk to bubblegum rock. Favorite bands of AWA include Roky Erickson, Guided By Voices, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Kinks, Cheap Trick, The New Pornographers, and R.E.M. Comprising of Tony Harper, Jake Barnhart and Aaron Thedford, this trio hail from Dallas, Texas USA and release unique and fun, high energy, Monster-themed Rock Music! Now it’s time to share these guys with the world.

The bands last album ‘Out Of Place All the Time’ was released on Damnably & distributed via Shellshock on December 9th 2014 with Press by Rachel Silver in the UK and Denise Melodycat in Germany/Austria & Switzerland.
AWA release ‘I Can’t Lose’/’Fast, Lose & Fucked Up’ – a third single for Damnably (limited to 100 copies for UK) on June 30th with pre-orders HERE


‘I Can’t Lose’/ ‘Fast, Loose, & Fucked Up’ 7″ Vinyl Single (Gore Purple limited to 100 UK/Europe)

The Hop/The Kid Stays In The Picture’ 7″ Vinyl (Electric Blue ltd to 300)

Everything Is All Right So Far’ CD (compilation Album culled from previous 4 albums)

‘Edge Of The Bed’/ ‘Pray A lie’ 7″ Vinyl (Olive Green marbled ltd to 300)

‘Out Of Place All the Time’ CD Album released Dec 9th World Wide

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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