Minneapolis band Howler is set to launch a new album, World of Joy March 25, 2014. Get a preview of what's in store for the new record and download the track "Don't Wanna."
Stream the song here:
World of Joy was written and recorded in Minneapolis at The Terrarium studio with America Give Up producer Chris Heidman. The band brought a new drummer, Rory MacMurdo, on board for this recording.
Quoted in NME, Howler frontman Jordan Gatesmith describes the theme of World of Joy: "The idea of this record is to expand the vocabulary of what the band does. There's a time for us to be pretentious little assholes. There's that [on there] but there's also plenty of bratty rock'n'roll."
He elaborates, "It's got grindy Howler guitars but I think we took a note from Husker Du and put a chorus on the grindy guitars. It's definitely a weird hybrid of '80s-ness meets The Byrds."
That's a statement you can take to the bank, since Gatesmith and company performed a stellar cover of the Husker dudes' "Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely" at 2012's Rock the Garden.
If you like what you hear, there are still a handful of tickets to see Howler as part of The Current's 9th Birthday Party two-night show at First Avenue. (Howler plays Saturday night. Ticket information can be found here.)
- The Current's 9th Birthday Party The second night of The Current's 9th Birthday Party is tonight, Saturday 25, at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The show is sold out, but you can still join us -- we're broadcasting live, starting at 7 p.m.
- Howler performs in The Current studio Howler may have been started as a side project by Jordan Gatesmith from Total Babe, but the attention they are receiving is front and center. Howler was recently signed to London based Rough Trade Records home of The Smiths, The Strokes, and Belle and Sebastian.
- Howler performs live in The Current studio Local act Howler has had quite a year. They were signed by the renowned London-based label Rough Trade, home to the likes of British Sea Power, Belle and Sebastian and My Morning Jacket. NME named them one of the best new bands of 2011, and they're about to kick off a tour with stops in Europe and Japan. With the release of their new album, "America Give Up," 2012 looks to be just as good for the band.
- Rock the Garden 2012 A recap of Rock the Garden 2012 with video, audio, photos and more!