And there was everyone thinking that Manchester was the focal point for the revival (a questionable choice of words) of British guitar music, but the sunnier climes of the South Coast are offering more than just beach picnics and dodgy amusement arcades. Brighton especially has gifted us some of the freshest new bands around, from Black Honey and the Magic Gang, to High Tyde and Abattoir Blues , the city is just brimming with talent.
Enter Howland, the Brighton-based quartet, who produce enticing and anthemic indie-rock somewhere between the danceable neo-punk of pre-Humbug Arctic, and the lazed garage-rock of The Strokes, with a just a dash of Catfish…Despite a line-up shuffle, Howland have already been throwing their weight around, incredibly landing a support slot with Foals at London’s Scala, alongside touring with fellow indie-rockers, Little Comets, VANT and Clean Cut Kid.
After a train of sell-out headline dates in and around their hometown, Howland, or Tyler, Lee, Joe and Jake to you and me are hoping to get their music heard further afield, as far as Bristol and Oxford, and what better way to do this than with a brand new single! Howland are set to release ‘No Way’ this Friday (13/1), the follow up to the immensely successful single ‘Hide’ which scored over 11,000 Spotify hits.
The track slinks in with stripped-back guitar strumming and Tyler Adams softly spoken vocals, building energy into a growling bass-fuelled riff. The simplistic yet infectious chorus matches an intelligent pop-rock sensibility championed by the likes of High Tyde and The Sherlocks, and would be a killer live-track (coming to a dingy basement venue near you very soon!)
If you want to catch the Brighton-bunch in action, Howland have announced a run of dates throughout February and March, seeing the band venture as far as Bristol, Hertford and Leeds. Look out for the release of ‘No Way’ on Soundcloud this Friday, and catch the full list of tour dates below.
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Howland Feb/March tour dates:
21st February, Brighton, The Hope & Ruin (Headline)
23rd February, London, The Finsbury (Headline)
2nd March, Bristol, The Stag & Hounds
4th March, Southampton, The Joiners
11th March, Leeds, Verve Bar
16th March, Hertford, The Dog & Whistle