In a this segment All Music Magazine UK/Europe we will be spotlighting some of the bands and artists that we think are going to get people talking in the next 12 months; bands and artists we think you should check out to stay ahead of the curve.
We would like to introduce you to THE HOWLERS , a band that are bringing back rock and roll, Desert Rock, surf rock, call it what you like but it’s as exciting as hell.
The Howlers are Adam Young (vocals, guitar), Cameron Black (drums) and Guus ter Braak (bass). With influences ranging from afro beat, West Coast psych music and timeless seventies classics, the East London trio have undertaken three UK-wide tours since their formation . The band quickly received a lot of critical acclaim from their fierce live performances emerging as one of the UK’s must-see bands as well as receiving much deserved praise from radio royalty including BBC 6 Music, KEXP and BBC Radio 1 as well as major programming on BT Sport, SkySports and SoccerAm. With a determination to uproot the current foundations of popular music this band is a breath of fresh air.
For Fans of Black Keys, The Growlers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
New Single ‘Lost Without You’ taken from their Debut EP Is OUT NOW
So Desh Kapur Editor/Photographer at All Music Magazine UK/Europe decided it was time to have a little chat with them to see where they came from and what they have been up to and what their plans for the future are.
Due to Covid face to face interviews are a not permitted so email was the medium of choice.
What is the story behind your name?
The Band Name comes from a Boozer on Hoxton Street in East London called The Howl at The Moon. It used to be our local and we happened to be in there when we were trying to think of a name for the band.
What first got you into music? or Who inspired you to make music?
We all have vastly different stories when it comes to answering this, our parents all have very varied music tastes which were not necessarily what we liked, music comes very naturally to all of us, it’s not just one thing that inspired us or made us pick up an instrument, but we all use music now as an escape as a way of voicing how we feel.
How did you all meet?
We all met whilst studying at Uni, Adam and Guus happened to be on the same course and ended up living together whilst at uni and Adam met Cam on campus before ending up in a rehearsal room and just jamming for hours together.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Honest, very Subjective, we coin the term Desert Rock to describe our sound but we like to leave it up to people that hear our music as to what they make of us, we can’t please everyone so we don’t try, we make music that means something to us and if people dig that, then that means everything to us as well.
What is your creative process like?
Very democratic, we all agree we’ve never been in a band like ours, we listen to each other’s ideas, nobody leads or dictates it’s all natural and organic you wouldn’t believe how many bands are so regimented ‘Do this do that’ we are not like that at all, Adam has also been writing a lot with SONY lately as well.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
If we had the choice we would all say different artists but a band like ZEP would have been amazing to open for.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Not to worry about things too much, our music is an escape for people that’s all we want. We don’t want people to be angry or politically charged up at our shows, we want people to forget the world outside and enjoy the moment.
What is the most useless talent you have?
Remembering completely useless facts, information but i can’t remember important things.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
I don’t actually, I sort of switch off in the shower just try to not think about anything and take a moment to relax, if you really think about it moments like that are some of the only truly alone times we have as people.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
No Idea, music is everything to us, I don’t think any of us are built for an office job, creativity is something you can’t teach, it’s instinctive, i can’t think of anything more depressing than working 9-5 then going straight to the pub …. I think more people should open their eyes to the world and understand we as humans are not supposed to live like that.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’ve played all over the EU, and we have a UK Tour at the end of the year November / December time, we all agree that The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth is great, The Polar Bear in Hull is awesome as well, we’ve played big venues like Rock city and Academies but they don’t have the same feel, i don’t think we can really say our least favourite venues but there are some really terrible places out there!
What is your favourite song to perform?
Right now, it’s one of our new tracks Lost Without You as its just fun to play.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
The List is endless we admire so many people from all genres.
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
I’m not sure we can say this either, we don’t really get in trouble but sometimes you can’t help it
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Dont be scared to fail
What’s next for you?
Making myself something for lunch, i’m starving
‘The Sum Of Our Fears’ Tracklist:
1. Lost Without You
2. I Don’t Love You All The Time
3. Never Enough
4. The Borderline
5. The Sum Of Our Fears
THE HOWLERS NEXT LIVE SHOWS
11th November – The Underground, Stoke
12th November – Jimmys, Liverpool
13th November – NE Volume Bar, Stockton
14th November – Stage & Dagger Festival, Glasgow
24th November – Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth
25th November – The Boileroom, Guildford
26th November – The Lanes, Bristol
27th November – The Ferret, Preston
28th November – Think Tank Underground, Newcastle
30th November – Oporto, Leeds
1st December – YES Basement, Manchester
2nd December – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
3rd December – The Lexington, London
4th December – Rossi Bar, Brighton
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.