on 20 January 2012
Bought this after seeing them on the last NME tour supporting the Vaccines and Frankie & The Heartstrings.
This was a perfect billing given the similarities between Howler and the Vaccines. Both produce good quality guitar music, some short but well crafted rock songs that can be sung along to.
They have appeared in numerous "hot for 2012" lists and there is no doubt they will be wowing the festival crowds this year. NME gave the album a solid 8/10 and I would not disagree with this.
If you cast your mind back a little further it would not be harsh to compare them to the Strokes but only time will tell whether they are able to produce several top quality albums as well!
"Told you once" is probably the most well know track and it would be fair to say that if you enjoy that this will be a fairly safe purchase for you with several more similar tracks that are likely be released during the course of the year as singles.
on 19 July 2012
This isn't a classic debut album, or even close to it, but as a mission statement from a young garage rock band it's pretty damn enjoyable. Eleven punky songs,and they have the smarts to keep it short at thirty minutes, meaning it's impactful without overstaying its welcome. Just because a CD is seventy minutes doesn't mean you have to fill it all, and I always have more time for an artist who values quality over volume.
They show signs of having the songs, too; 'Back To The Grace' in particular has already become a *vomit* 'indie anthem', and they aren't a one trick pony either - even though this is sonically similar throughout, give it a few listens and the hooks and melodies begin to stand out and differentiate song to song. They also have a great live charisma; Jordan Gatesmith is ridiculously comfortable with a crowd for his tender years, and in between the cool hair and hipster good looks is a band who can truly bring it, with a heavy, powerful sound that can really ramp an audience up.
If they can write the tunes, there's no limit to how big Howler can be. And even if they don't fulfill the potential and fade away into obscurity, they'll always have this record; a concise, aggressive collection defined by teenage attitude.
on 5 March 2012
when i first listened to the album i liked the songs, but i realised that i was going to have to listen a few times to really get into it. now i absolutely love every song on the album! it's like a cross between the libertines, the strokes and the vaccines. the best album i've bought in a long time.