We've been pretty high on Boston's Salem Wolves for a few years now. They've always had a version of garage rock that has worked for us, even as their sound has evolved into a larger, almost arena ready sound. With their new single, they're completely blowing up their garage rock past into something new. And huge.
Ok, maybe "Titanium" doesn't completely throw away Salem Wolves's past. There's still some garage rock in this new song. But as soon as the nearly metal into starts, you know this is a new, mutated band. And once the force of "Titanium" picks up, the best you can do is hold on for dear life. Gray Bouchard is letting some of his more pop side he normally reserves for The Dedications out, but just a little. Somehow "Titanium" is both more mainstream and heavier than anything Salem Wolves have released in the past. It's a huge, slick, loud, and heavy rock song. This could be what finally propels the band out of the basement clubs around the Boston area into the larger, shinier clubs. If we ever get to go out again.
You can listen to "Titanium" below. Never Die!!!, the new EP from Salem Wolves, will be out September 8 (retro Tuesday release date!). You can pre-order a copy via Bandcamp. For more on Salem Wolves, check out the band's website.