Yeah, those dudes. I wrote a feature on their debut album America Give Up back when it released in January, and since then big things have been happening for the indie rockers from Minneapolis. America Give Up received critical acclaim internationally, and they have basically been on the road non-stop since then. Touring the United States, the UK, Europe, Brazil and Japan, while also stooping off to play at Splendour In The Grass in Australia back in July (which I'm kicking myself about since I'm just across the ditch in New Zealand but I'm an idiot and didn't realise they were playing there until it was too late.)
It was also recently announced that Howler will headline NME's prestigious 'Next Generation' tour along with Gross Magic and The Cast of Cheers, the tour plays 11 venues across the UK. Front man Jordan Gatesmith sees it as a way to give back to Howler's loyal fanbase in the United Kingdom; "We have abandoned our hometown of Minneapolis for a lifetime on the road. But that's OK – rest is for the weak. The UK has been good to us this year and we're looking forward to turning young people of Britain into a sweaty and excitable mess. See you in October."
In regards to the future of the band, Gatesmith suggests they may move towards a different direction sound-wise; less thrashy and more 60's sounding.
“I’d say it’s more like the Yardbirds, even a bit psychedelic... I’m really into The Rolling Stones more psychedelic records... And also a lot of early ‘60s crooners"
Howler plan to release their next album (fingers crossed) before March 2013, it couldn't come soon enough.
Here's some video footage of what the boys have been up to:
Jordan Gatesmith interview on life on the road & plans for the future.
Howler showcase at Great Escape Festival in Brighton:
'This One's Different'
'Told You Once'
(my personal favourite off 'America Give Up')
Stay tuned for any updates on Howler, they have solidified themselves as one of my favourite bands and I will definitely post any breaking news/updates. All this time on the road can only be good for the band so I cannot wait to hear the new material they can come up with!