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The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name are a 3-piece, post-punk alternative rock band from Cheshire, UK. Beginning as a solo project, The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name became a concept months in, a collective lead by songwriter Matthew Awbery, an ever changing take on alternative rock and atmosphere, with three core members where others come and go. With Grief Songs and its supporting singles now out on Engineer Records, expect more from this brooding yet energetic trio.


Matthew Awbery

Harry Woodrow

Sam Johnson

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Grief Songs

carries eight profoundly emotive compositions. Some of these tunes were promoted as singles before, like Wilting, Doreen, and Grief Song. The remainder of the material represents new compositions paired to match these singles. The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name nurtures quite an interesting sound, so close to Midwest emo, but with even more sonic delicacies included along the way. Besides the sheer dominance of Midwest emo sound, you may also hear some other ingredients like post-hardcore, alternative, and indie rock. The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name keep their music soothing, calmy, relaxing until the raw emotions kick in. Then the group infuses generous servings of aggression, energy, and dynamics into their music.

It’s nearly mind blowing how the group transits from calm and cathartic sound to more raw, abrasive, aggressive tones. The lead vocalist transforms from clean chants to a more shouty/screaming style with such ease. Their music works in the same manner. The band delivers classic chord progressions, arpeggios, melodies, and harmonies. However, it also easily transits to powerful riffs where octave themes are leading the way. The rhythm section accentuates all the segments and sequences with thoughtfully assembled rhythms, accentuations, and drum fills. The bass guitar supports both the drums and guitars with robust low-end tones. Still, it also maintains as a compound element between these two instruments. Everything sounds flawless from scratch to finish, and you’ll solely enjoy Grief Songs if you’re profoundly into emo sound. Head over to Engineer Records for more detailed information about ordering.

-Djordje Miladinović

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The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name are a three-piece alternative rock/emo band from Cheshire, UK that brings to mind post-punk/alt-rock heroes like Mineral, Appleseed Cast, The Moirai, Death Cab For Cutie, Pop Unknown and Last Days Of April.

Their new eight-track EP, 'Grief songs', is packed with beautiful guitars and heartfelt vocals that will take you on a journey.

What I have for you today is the new release from my friends The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name, a band who are rising through the ranks with their unconventional and unassuming outlook, beginning as a solo outfit with Matty Awbery, then adding bassist Harry Woodrow and drummer Sam Johnson to elevate the artistry.

This collection of emotionally uninhibited, fearless tunes called ‘Grief Songs’ the title in itself is observant and blatant, gives us an overview and insight of this difficult subject. We open with the title track and it is here we find the band’s name, confident and courageous. There is a lot of talk about mental health, and how we all need to dig deeper, not just for ourselves but for those around us. I find music says what I can’t or don’t want to and these songs are the hand to hold while we sort our lives out. For me the influences range from REM and The National on ‘Fryin’ Brains’ and the crashing and thrashing tones of The Jesus And Mary Chain in’ Clover’ an eight minute Indie tinged number. The songs sweep and soar, way above and then fall just within reach, for us to hold close and cherish. Another trait we have is ‘Guilt’ it is draining to the point that the inner voice insists that the baggage you carry cannot be set down. The words here are unafraid; ‘and I’ll hate myself in ways I can’t even describe’ you don’t need a mirror when you can analyse yourself like this. Harnessing the potential and competence of personal trauma the band bring us ‘Doreen’ a bespoke piece that can apply to anyone who listens to it. 

Matty Awbery is leading the charge in the hotbed of emerging songwriting talent; I find his work raw yet accomplished, whole-hearted yet unfinished but altogether inspiring and enigmatic. 

So, when the wolf howls and your skin turns blue, there’s a grief song here for you. Timeless.

-Azra Pathan

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