New band of the day: Howler

Howler, a new young band based in Minneapolis who are set to release their debut album ‘America Give Up’ later this month on Rough Trade.

A glorious mash-up; Howler are a bit of a Vaccines-drums-Strokes hybrid with hints of summer sun and Spectoresque 60s pop, but played by The Jesus & Mary Chain bolted onto a early punk CBGB’s garage thrash that has previously been described as ‘sun-kissed garage rock’.

Fronted by Jordan Gatesmith who was previously in the wonderfully named Total Babe; Gatesmith delights in reminding us that both Husker Du and The Replacements were also from Minneapolis whilst letting everyone know that both The Ronettes and The Shangri-las feature heavily in his record collection.

Shell Zenner first mentioned them here on LTW in December 2011 but with UK dates this month, now is your chance to see what all the fuss is about;

23rd Jan ”“ Bristol, Louisiana
24th Jan ”“ Brighton, Green Door Store
25th Jan ”“ Southampton, Joiners
26th Jan ”“ London, XOYO
27th Jan ”“ Cardiff, Buffalo Bar
29th Jan ”“ Liverpool, Mojo
30th Jan ”“ Manchester, Deaf Institute
31st Jan ”“ Nottingham, Bodega
1st Feb ”“ Newcastle, The Cluny
3rd Feb ”“ Leeds, Cockpit
4th Feb ”“ Glasgow, King Tuts
5th Feb ”“ Birmingham, HMV Institute
6th Feb ”“ London, The Lexington

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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