After four tremendous days full of premieres and buzz, Howlie Week is coming to an end. What a week it’s been as a lot of excitement and love was shared over each of the four tracks we premiered from Howlie’s debut EP, Dead Dog. It’s brought new listeners to Howlie’s music and new audiences to the blog. I believe that is what we call a rallying success! There’s one last premiere to deliver, and that is the DEAD DOG EP IN IT’S ENTIRETY. You’ve been able to listen to each song from it separately, but now from today you get to listen to the whole thing and remain in its downtrodden, reverb-heavy atmosphere forever.
Check out Dead Dog EP below, and have a little read to the interview that Howlie and I had too. In this interview we talk about the new EP, Howlie’s influences, stylistic choices, regrets and the success of Howlie Week. Enjoy. (Note: it’s an extremely long interview, so you get to listen to the EP many times!)
Howlie Week has begun! Each day, Sounds Good will premiere a song from the new Dead Dog EP from Howlie. This is a huge honour as I’ve become a fan of his work since we got in touch last year and we’ve also become pretty good buds too. Today we’re premiering ‘Laying in the Road’, the closing track of Dead Dog, and this is what Howlie had to say on it:
“Tying directly to the subject matter of “Coconut Oil,” “Laying In the Road” is the ribbon that wraps up this dream pop experiment of mine. This was another song I couldn’t get to sound quite right on the acoustic guitar. It was missing something. That something turned out to be a Boss Chorus pedal, the Superego pedal by Electro-Harmonix, and an obscene amount of reverb.
Howlie Week has begun! Each day, Sounds Good will premiere a song from the new Dead Dog EP from Howlie. This is a huge honour as I’ve become a fan of his work since we got in touch last year and we’ve also become pretty good buds too. Today we’re premiering ‘Take Me’, the third of four tracks on Dead Dog, and this is what Howlie had to say on it:
“”Take Me” is directly inspired by, and almost a rip off of, “I Love How You Love Me” by the Paris Sisters. That tune is just soaked in reverb, and it’s so gentle. I heard Jeff Mangum’s cover in the summer of 2015 and couldn’t stop listening to it. In August of that year, I had a two week period where I was blissfully unemployed. That was the most productive period of songwriting in my life, I must have written close to 10 songs in that time! “Take Me” came out of that batch, but I could never get the sound right. My axe of choice for Howlie has been the acoustic guitar since day one, so it never occurred to me to play it on an electric. I let it sit for almost 2 years thinking it wasn’t meant to be, or perhaps waiting for a new band to take the reins.
Hi everybody! It’s a little strange to post on the weekend but there’s a very special reason why. Next week, Sounds Good will be premiering the new EP from Howlie, Dead Dog! This is tremendous news because over the last six months Howlie and I have become pretty good buds since he submitted his music in possibly the most personable and open submission email I’ve ever received in my time writing about music. I am absolutely stoked to help him promote his new EP and get everybody and their dog listening to it.
Howlie Week will involve DAILY posts promoting each of the four tracks featured on Dead Dog, with Friday premiering the EP in its entirety. Each post will feature one song from the EP along with a paragraph detailing the creation and context of said song written by Howlie himself. The full EP will be premiered on Friday, with an extensive interview included to keep the satisfaction coming, hopefully quenching your desires in a way you couldn’t see possible.
I’m genuinely excited to be doing this, and would like to thank Howlie for giving me the opportunity to do so. I’ve been fortunate enough to do many cool things and meet many, many wonderful people through music reviewing and this will certainly be one of them. See you all on Monday for the start of Howlie Week!