In a humorously-toned post designed to trick readers into thinking they were going to split up, the Minneapolis group thanked fans for their continued support before teasing that “due to mounting pressure from the label and our rapidly deteriorating mental health” they would have to release their second record.
The post reads as follows:
Earlier this year, frontman Jordan Gatesmith revealed that the record would be “full of bratty rock’n’roll” and that it would continue his fixation with music from his favourite decades. “It’s a total continuation of my fascination with my two favourite eras, the ’60s and the ’80s,” he revealed. “My favourite bands are Hüsker Dü and The Replacements, and even a lot of UK new wave and post-punk, so it’s just a continuation of that. It’s got grindy Howler guitars but I think we took a note from Hüsker Dü and put a chorus on the grindy guitars. It’s definitely a weird hybrid of ’80s-ness meets The Byrds.”
This as-yet-untitled album will be the follow-up to 2012’s ‘America Give Up’, which was released on Rough Trade last January. Howler were also previously named NME’s 3rd best new band of 2011, coming in behind Jai Paul and Suuns.