Howler
This One's Different


3.5
great

Review

by blacktube USER (3 Reviews)
December 20th, 2011 | 4 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Howler's debut: endearing, angsty guitar pop

Howler are essentially guitar pop. They use God knows how many guitars to create a layered sound that’s insanely catchy, at its best in “I Told You Once”, listen to that track once and that tune will be jangling round your head all day. Jordan Gatesmith’s vocals are “easy to love and easy to hate”; husky, throaty, and a bit goofy, but they tie in well with Howler’s ethos.

The playful, twangy music is often at odds with what really draws you into Howler’s debut; the cutting, blunt, whiney lyrics. They are at once pretentious, bordering on proud, and down to earth in that they are blunt and truthful, like listening to your average teen’s thoughts: insecure, angsty and awkward. There’s no lovey-dovey schmuck in what are basically very merry break up songs (sample: “You’re a bitch and I hate you”). If Howler weren’t so youthful and fresh they’d be accused of bitterness.

Their riffs are similar to The Vaccines in simplicity and effectiveness, but Howler actually have the edge here because their hooks are more varied, building and complex. In this EP there are moments when pop becomes country. Not folk, country. But with Howler all this adds is bounce and dance-ability. Hats off.

Though Howler’s debut EP is endearing, consistently good and a lot of fun, I’m hoping their album (America Give Up, January 2012) will bring more variety to keep them exciting, otherwise they’ll deflate faster than you can say “NME hype”. The thing is, no, Howler are not sophisticated, no, they’re not ground-breaking. But do you know what? They’re not trying to be.


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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2011


7363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review isn't all that great to be honest, but you'll improve the more you do.

This EP is pretty good, I'm looking forward to their full-length.

blacktube
December 21st 2011


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is my first review, hints for improvement? yeah they've already released back of your neck (from the album) you can get it for free on their website

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 21st 2011


7363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh cool, I'll give it a listen...

The best advice I can give is probably to look at other reviews here and sort of use them as a template for your own. I'd also recommend reading few what you've written a few times before you post it, as a means of identifying passages which might read awkwardly or not make sense. This would also help wipe out grammar errors like "they’ll deflate faster that you can say “NME hype”. "

I also think that context is quite important. I'm from the UK (as, clearly, are you) and so I understand references such as "NME hype" and know all about The Vaccines, but readers from overseas might not know who they are or what these phrases refer to. I'm not saying abandon them completely, but maybe explain them if neccessary. I always find that it's important to remember who you're writing for.

Don't be put off doing more reviews though. I can see what you're getting at here, and it's far more analytical than my first review - which I'm hardly proud of!

blacktube
December 21st 2011


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i shall correct that now! thanks for the advice, i will bear it in mind



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