Dead without Dying & Gleefully Detached is the brand new album from Dallas’s American Werewolf Academy, due for release on 22nd September 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.
Released on 12″ transparent green vinyl and limited to 300 copies only on October 20th 2017. Pre-Order your copy (and get now) via Bandcamp.
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.
AWA formed in 2003 when guitarist and vocalist Aaron Thedford’s previous band ‘Robot Monster Weekend’ disbanded. Tony Harper (Slobberbone) on drums 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.
100% analogue tape recorded, produced & mixed by Matt Barnhart (Bedhead, The New Year, The Gotobeds, Metz. Nots, Xetas, SuperChunk, Silkworm) half at The Echo Lab (Denton, TX) and the other half at Elmwood Recording (Dallas, TX). Mastered by Carl Saff (Guided by Voices, Speedy Ortiz). “The original idea” notes Aaron, “was to record this record with Matt Barnhart in short stints, starting with the single (I Can’t Lose/Fast, Loose, & Fucked Up released in 2015), which would be the first and last songs of the record but as per the usual, Matt got busy and moved to Chicago and things that happen in life which naturally cause delays like loss of family members and a serious fire in the studio slowed down the process.”