Sunday, January 22, 2012


America Give Up

Rough Trade

Howler plays fast, noisy, brash power pop that is equal parts early Jesus and Mary Chain guitar fuzz, and a lo-fi version of the Strokes. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jordan Gatesmith’s rueful relationship songs, delivered with a sheepish smile, point a way forward for power pop, since the songs are also tight and compressed for maximum impact. It’s a great debut from this Minneapolis band that surely has a bright future in front of them. []

Andrea Weiss

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