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Howlin Rain – Go See This Band!

Posted by jhochstat on April 3, 2008

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If you have never heard of Howlin Rain, you will soon enough. Signed to Rick Rubin’s Columbia Records subset American Recordings. This band is a throwback to that fuzzy, loose rock band feel from the early 70’s. I had a chance to catch their NYC show tonight at the Mercury Lounge, “The 6th stop on their current world tour.” according to their frontman Ethan Miller.

This is a band that is at times loose, yet tight. Sloppy, yet in total control of their sound. Their sound is infectiously fun and makes you want for more. Tonight’s show was a little more than 1 hour but even with that short of a taste of their sound, they had me as a fan for sure. Something tells me that the next time we see Howlin Rain come through NYC it will be at a venue larger than The Mercury Lounge.

Ethan Miller is surrounded by a very talented group of musicians who came together from various aspects of the California & specifically San Francisco music scene.

Ian Gradekbass
Garett Goddarddrums
Mike Jacksonguitars
Eli Eckert guitars
Joel Robinowkeyboards, vocals

SF Weekly said it best: Miller takes influence from the music of icons familiar to anyone stopping the clock in the years around the Vietnam War: the Allman Brothers, Terry Reid, David Crosby, Neil Young, and San Francisco legends from the Grateful Dead to Quicksilver Messenger Service. Howlin Rain tweaks classic rock with distortion and dissonance.

If you live anywhere near any of the shows listed below, go catch this band. Their sound shows where their influences come from yet creates an identity of its own and makes this band very relevant and one to watch for sure.

Remaining Tour Dates

Apr 03 – Washington D.C. DC9

Apr 04 – Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Apr 05 – Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn
Apr 06 – Memphis, Tn Hi-Tone
Apr 07 – Bloomington, Indiana Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
Apr 25 – Nevada City, CA Chief Crazy Horse Saloon
with Casual Fog, Neil Morgan 9pm, $7.
May 01 – Belfast, Ireland Aunt Annie’s
May 02 – Dublin, Ireland In Store: Tower Records, FREE
May 02 – Dublin, Ireland Whelans
May 03 – Cork, Myrtleville, Ireland Pine Lodge
May 04 – Salford, Manchester, England Sounds from the other city at the Kings Arms
May 05 – Birmingham, England Custard Factory
May 06 – London, England Luminaire
May 07 – Cornwall, England Miss Peabod’s
May 08 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
May 09 – Camber Sands, England Camber Sands, ATP
May 11 – Bristol, England The Croft
May 12 – London, England Scala
with the Meat Puppets and Wooden Shjips
May 24 – Santa Cruz, Highway 9 Brookdale Lodge
with CLUSTER
Jun 23 – Adrenal, Norway Hove Festival
Aug 16 – Wales, UK Green Man Festival

Howlin Rain Band Page
MySpace

Just remember, you have the chance to see them now while they are still playing small venues!

Don’t say we didn’t tell you so.

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One Response to “Howlin Rain – Go See This Band!”

  1. CrazyCat said

    I am going to have to sign up to receive your feed. This is good stuff

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