EP review – Howler


Howler -‘This One’s Different’ EP (Rough Trade)

Minneapolis four piece Howler are the latest signing to Rough Trade records. Rough Trade head hincho Geoff Travis (who has signed 17 Seconds faves including Aberfeldy, The Strokes, The Raincoats and The Libertines) was so impressed when he heard their demos that he dispatched an A&R man to Minneapolis to obtain their signatures immediately.

This then, is their debut release, and it’s a five track EP which sees them tear through the songs and thirteen minutes flat. There’s talk of them being this year’s Drums or Strokes, though how helpful thesesorts of comparisons are is debatable.

This EP is a whole heap of fun. Sure you’ll have heard the style before -but it comes fresh, and if you like the aforementioned bands then chances are you will fall for this too. ‘I Told You Once’ is the lead track’ though for my money, the outstanding track is ‘This One’s Different.’

Fresh, exciting, very tuneful.; leave your cynicism aside and stop this way…

This One’s Different is out now on Rough Trade.

Howler will be supporting The Vaccines on their England tour in the next few months:

21st – Newcastle @ Academy
23rd – Sheffield @ Academy
24th – Lincoln @ Engine Shed
25th – Manchester @ Academy
26th – Leeds @ Academy
28th – Southampton @ Guildhall
29th – Oxford @ Academy
30th – Norwich @ UEA


2nd – Bristol @ Academy
3rd – Cambridge @ Corn Exchange
4th – Leamington Spa @ Assembly
6th – Eastbourne @ Winter Gardens
7th – London @ Brixton Academy

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