Howler kick off NME Generation Next tour in Bournemouth by debuting song about drug-induced vomiting

US band also gave their away rider to fans as jaunt gets underway...

Howler kicked off the NME Generation Next Tour at Bournemouth’s Old Fire Station last night (October 19) with a firebrand set that saw them unveil two new songs – including one about a new drug that causes uncontrollable vomiting.

The US band also gave away their rider to the crowd and paid their respects to Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, who’s buried in the town, as they played their “last” tour in support of debut album ‘America Give Up’.

They tore through the LP’s highlights including ‘Back To The Grave’, ‘This One’s Different’ and ‘Back Of Your Neck’ to a crazed and moshing crowd and debuted new songs ‘Louise’ – a “scary” tune with doubled guitars that resembled a gothic Smiths – and ‘Ipecac’, about a new US drug which induces vomiting. Singer Jordan Gatesmith told the crowd the song was inspired by the idea of a “flashmob dancing to ‘Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night’ by Black Eyed Peas, but they’ve all taken Ipecac…”


Speaking to NME after the show, Jordan revealed that the band intended to celebrate Halloween at the end of the tour in Brighton on October 31 by wearing costumes and including a medley of covers of “some really obvious stuff… maybe some Phil Collins”.

Howler played:

‘Back To The Grave’
’14 Days’
‘Pythagorean Fearem’
‘Told You Once’
‘Too Much Blood’
‘Beach Sluts’
‘For All Concern’
‘This One’s Different’
‘Ridin Hood’
‘Back Of Your Neck’

Main support came from Dublin’s The Cast Of Cheers, who gave an impressive display of future rock with flecks of Foals, Theme Park, Vampire Weekend, The Maccabees and Battles-style electronica. Highlights included the wired-Police energy of debut single ‘Family’ and the tumultuous ‘I Am Lion’.

The Cast Of Cheers played:

‘Human Elevator’
‘Pocé Mit’
‘I Am Lion’
‘Trucks At Night’


The night opened with Gross Magic‘s main man Sam McGarrigle announcing “Hi, I’m Justin Bieber,” as introduction to a head-spinning set of MGMT psychedelia and Girls warped folk, offset by McGarrigle’s straining falsetto. Their set also took in the leftfield grunge of Pavement and Pixies on ‘Shot In The Nite’ and ‘Yesterdays’, a filthy glam number called ‘Telegram Tim’ and Sam howling about “guys who push you around” on closer ‘Streetwise Guys/There’s A Shadow’.

Gross Magic played:

‘Shot In The Nite’
‘Telegram Tim’
‘Streetwise Guys/There’s A Shadow’

The NME Generation Next tour tour continues tonight (October 20) at Bristol Thekla and then runs until the end of October, with Splashh joining the party for one night at London’s KOKO on October 30.

The remaining dates are as follows:

Norwich Waterfront (21)
Birmingham HMV Institute Library (22)
Manchester Club Academy (24)
Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent (25)
Sheffield Leadmill (26)
Stoke Sugarmill (27)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (29)
London KOKO (30)
Brighton The Haunt (31)

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