As stated in the press release for Howlerâ€™s upcoming album, World of Joy, â€śâ€¦the record is supposed to be almost like a jukebox at some sloppy bar in Minneapolis playing things like: Thin Lizzy, The Replacements, The Modern Lovers, Kiss, The Smiths, The Stooges, and other randomly assorted bands. It’s a tribute to our love of rock n roll and to the lineage of that genre we so admire.â€ť
That sentence alone should indicate precisely what you get out of Howlerâ€™s new release, coming out March 25th.
World of Joy is the Minneapolis quartetâ€™s second album, and while the varying bands listed as inspiration may seem like a mixed bag of differing genres, styles and moods, Howlerâ€™s album is a cohesive take on the greatness of music from past generations while still very obviously keeping their own sound.
The track kicking off the album, â€śAlâ€™s Corralâ€ť, sets the mood for Howlerâ€™s style with a gritty punk-rock anthem. By the third track, â€śDonâ€™t Wannaâ€ť, the mood and style do a complete 180-degree spin. â€śDonâ€™t Wannaâ€ť is a softer sound. Not quite a ballad, but is definitely reminiscent to the softer Ramonesâ€™ music (particularly â€śI Want You Aroundâ€ť or my personal favourite, â€śQuestioninglyâ€ť).
Only a few songs later, the title track â€śWorld of Joyâ€ť sounds like a vastly different album, breaking away from the softer rock sounds and kicking it into a higher gear with a fast-paced tune, laden with guitar distortion.
Howler keeps things different, with each song on World of Joy sounding like a single taken from the different bands that influenced the album. For the cynic who believes that good rock music doesnâ€™t exist in 2014 like it used to when there were bands like The Smiths, The Clash, The Stooges still alive and kicking â€“ Howler came out with an album pulling those distinctive styles while keeping their own identity and proving that in the harsh face of 2014, punk is definitely not dead.
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