American Werewolf Academy- Triceratops

American Werewolf Academy- Triceratops

American Werewolf Academy- Triceratops

A fleeting thrill, the album Triceratops is a cheap date with American Werewolf Academy. The band isn’t ashamed of that. The problem is that tomorrow morning they probably won’t be wanted anymore.

The band, a three piece from Denton, Texas, sounds like a garage band playing power pop. At their best, they pitch a spirited raucous. But otherwise much of Triceratops is quickly forgotten. The album is a lo-fi affair. This doesn’t count against them as long as you don’t mind the canned drum sound. A lot of people find lo-fi endearing. A busted speaker guitar and scratchy lead vocal make most of the noise. The songs are tinged with twee as the band skips or moseys through their simple, youthful pop.

American Werewolf Academy’s better efforts include “Company of Owls”. A raw, buzzing guitar drives this quaint and catchy two minute track–a track energized by the strong, nonsensical chorus line: “It’s a wondrous day, and the feeling I’d love to for blowing their minds out with rock n’ roll”. “Wild Birds” is a treat with more heavy fuzz but now at a slower pace. A violin marks the hushed verse, and then the chorus kicks in with a driving beat and pepped up guitar lead. Triceratops‘ best track might be “Good Night for Anything”, an upbeat number reminiscent of some good 1970’s power pop (see mp3 link below). A well written song, the band finds their most memorable hook with the chorus: “You’ve underwhelmed so long, and now you’re far beyond them noticing / That’s why tonight is a good night for anything”. The song is crowned by a well placed, well done guitar solo.

A lot of the other tracks are forgettable because they sound generic. American Werewolf Academy just don’t make these songs their own. The loose, messy aesthetic and the smoky, strained vocal are sweet, but that has all been done by many a lo-fi band. Nothing about their song writing or musicianship shines through. Even when they add a violin, piano, harmonica, or synths to the arrangement, they travel a road much taken. The good times run short on Triceratops, but fans of twee and exuberant, lo-fi power pop might try it out.

http://www.americanwerewolfacademy.com/
http://www.americanwerewolfacademy.com/Wild_Birds.mp3
http://www.americanwerewolfacademy.com/files/Good_Night_For_Anything.mp3