Howler’s Jordan Gatesmith on their new album: ‘There’s plenty of bratty rock’n’roll’

Frontman says the follow-up to the band's debut 'America Give Up' is a continuation of his fascination with the '60s and '80s

Howler frontman Jordan Gatesmith has revealed details of the band’s forthcoming second album.

Currently being recorded in the band’s hometown of Minneapolis, the LP is being produced by Chris Heidman, who also worked with the band on their 2012 debut ‘America Give Up’.

Discussing the concept behind the new album, Gatesmith revealed: “The idea of this record is to expand the vocabulary of what the band does. There’s a time for us to be pretentious little assholes. There’s that [on there] but there’s also plenty of bratty rock’n’roll.”


He continued: “It’s a total continuation of my fascination with my two favourite eras, the ’60s and the ’80s. 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.”

Howler’s second album is slated for release later this year, with the band set to return to the UK for live dates around the time of release. To read the full interview with Jordan Gatesmith, pick up a copy of this week’s NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.

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