Exclusive Album Premiere: Freya Wilcox & The Howl’s ‘Bareknuckle Love’

It’s almost the weekend (Thursday is pretty much the weekend these days, right?), and nothing will kick you into party mode more than the delightfully punk rock/blues jams of Brooklyn-based Freya Wilcox & The Howl. We’re excited to premiere their new EP, Bareknuckle Love, which will leave you feeling all kinds of happy and empowered—basically you’ll feel like a total rocker badass after just one listen.

The EP immediately grabs your attention in “Bury Me” with its rollicking drums, and you’ll stay interested once frontwoman Freya Wilcox’s raspy vocals and roaring guitar chords join in. It’s a high-energy, bonafide punk jam that’ll have you daydreaming about the days of rocking out and moshing in a grungy church basement (I can’t be the only one who did this, can I?). The upbeat punk energy is continued in “I Don’t Care” as Wilcox croons alongside her twanging guitar. The first half of the EP is pure punk greatness, with the band members heading out on a musical journey totally unique from what you might hear on your car radio these days.

By the midpoint of the EP with “Dirty Song,” the blues part of their identity takes over. Wilcox’s signature vocals explode alongside bluesy guitar, the track bursting at the seams with passion and emotion. Continuing with the blues trend is the more upbeat “Easier to Lie” where cymbals crash, Wilcox is practically shrieking, and the whole things feels a little bit country AND a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. In fact, that’s an almost perfect way to describe the band’s vibes in Bareknuckle Love overall. The EP closes out with the “Fight for You,” which is really the perfect way to end a chaotic blues and punk album.

If you’re as obsessed as we are, then you’re in luck because Freya Wilcox & The Howl is playing some shows throughout May. Check them out on their website and get ready to mosh along with this kickass group of gals.