Album Review: Howler
  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

Howler's sophomore LP America Give Up is a half homage to the great coastal surf rock of America, and half New York City garage punk, an odd combination given the band's origins in Minnesota. They didn't even have to move across the Atlantic (or at least to Brooklyn) to get a deal with the London based Rough Trade-- the label came to them, and for good reason. The songs all have a gallant momentum, following lead-singer Jordan Gatesmith's surly tenor with springy riffs and impressive songwriting polish for a band without the production resources of well-established sloppy pros like the Black Lips. The Lips had Pundt and Ronson to give them their band-out-of-time sound, but Howler has accomplished this feat both via classic songwriting, a bit of fuzz, and a smattering of unhinged "kids at play" licks.

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