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Minneapolis four-piece Howler are set to release their second album World Of Joy on March 25 via Rough Trade! It is their follow-up to the catchy, youthfully brash debut America Give Up (2012) which featured the singles ‘Told You Once’ and ‘Back Of Your Neck.’

"America Give Up practically glows with youthful energy. Frontman and songwriter Jordan Gatesmith ... Read more in Amazon's Howler Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Here's the Itch That Creeps Through My Skull
9. Indictment
10. Aphorismic Wasteland Blues

Product Description

New 2014 album! Bratty guitar-pop 'n' jangly garage-rock from the Minneapolis boys, for fans of The Vaccines and Tom Petty. Includes "Don't Wanna".

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You’d be forgiven for passing Minneapolis based Howler by on first listen. There's little difference between debut album America Give Up and this, their second album World Of Joy. That is, apart from the fact that the production is better and the musicianship more confident.

Yet, there’s something of a double-take taking place. World of Joy is actually really good. It’s not going to change your life, but it’ll certainly readjust some of your dreary days. Also, the escapism of this record is perfect for washing back weak larger or American whisky at some godforsaken transit bar. Whether it’s off road or by the train tracks, Howler have produced a nice soundtrack for the dreamy eyed traveller within us all.

The other side of World of Joy, it seems, is that this is music produced by slackers for geeky wasters. There are crunchy guitars with swing styled tempos, along with catchy sloppy hooks reminiscent of blues based rock from the 70s. This makes World Of Joy a rather slap-happy-dash album of alternative indie rock, which will get mixed up and lost in what's considered to be cool, despite lead man Jordan Gatesmith making the NME cool list in 2011. Does that even mean anything? It's hard to consider Howler cool; they’re more the band for nerds trying to be cool, which makes the nerds cool, unless they admit they're cool, right? The impression given is that this band aren't very serious about what they've achieved. The catch-22 is that you can’t help but take it seriously once you’ve past that initial reaction.

Being at the top of NME’s Best New Bands list can be a blessing (and a curse). You tend to get a myriad of attention and, especially in the blog world, with negative criticism.
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Format: Audio CD
Howler return after 2 years with the follow up to the excellent debut album America Give Up.
No change in direction still sounding like the Strokes meets Jesus And Mary Chain whilst adding a slight poppy feel to this album.
Highlights include the single Don't Wanna and the standout track Indictment, If you enjoyed or loved their 1st and you are going to enjoy this. Not as great as the 1st album, but still good enough. But at 11 tracks and only 27 mins long you are left wanting more though hopefully their 3rd album won't be too far off.

More airplay, press and TV would have helped as the album failed to chart in the top 100, so buy with confidence and spread the word that Howler are back!
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By M. ISAACS on 5 Jan. 2015
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Another top album from a rising band
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World of Joy A Howling Success 5 Jun. 2014
By Barbara E. - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is another fun album from Howler. What I love about it is that it's clearly another Howler record, but at the same time, I feel like I'm hearing echoes of R&R history throughout. These musicians are young, but they manage to channel some good old stuff along with their own groove. Their 1st album struck me the same way. Howler has some Minnesota roots, so, to no surprise,The Replacements seem to be a major influence. The Replacements were never shy about incorporating their influences, so why not? After the 1st album, a lot was written about a band member's bravado & brash comments. I guess Minnesotans don't much approve of that kind of talk. But, remember that back in the day, when The Replacements were asked what it was they thought they were replacing, their answer was--everything. Good one.
Love Them Live! 9 May 2014
By Soren Petrek - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Play this loud, play it often. This band is great live and World of Joy rips right into that vibe! Buy It!
Good 25 Mar. 2014
By kbarth17 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is a mix of the Ramones, Replacements, the Smiths, and to me a hint of the Velvet Underground. Howler does a good job of mixing their musical influences especially on the track 'Don't Wanna' which is the stand out on the album. The melody is not as evident as their first album 'America Give Up' but it gets catchier with each listen. Tracks like 'Drip' explode into guitar fuzz and are more experimental but most songs continue the guitar jangle garage rock. I like it.
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