Brighton based HOWLAND are set to release their latest single No Way later this week.
The indie-rock quartet – who formed in the city that brought us bands like The Kooks, Black Honey and The Magic Gang – are one I’ve followed for a while now, and 2017 is looking like it could hold some exciting prospects.
No Way is a follow up to the bands hugely successful track Hide and is due for release on Friday 13th across all major platforms including Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music.
From listening to the first few seconds of No Way, I knew it would grip me from start to finish. The track has a clean, infectious sound to it, drawing you in from the get go; where we hear Tyler Adams’ soft vocals accompanied only by the backing of a single guitar before the drums are introduced.
The track soon builds, giving off an energy that we can only expect will be insane live. From the emotion evoking vocals, to the mix of rumbling guitars and steady drums heard throughout; it’s unquestionable that Howland have in less than a year and a half, developed an arena-esque, anthemic vibe which will sure get them far.
Howland also spoke to us in a small Q & A ahead of the release, read what they had to say here!
Hi Guys! Introduce yourselves?
We’re a band called Howland from Brighton and we’re Tyler Adams (vocals and guitar), Lee Vincent (guitar), Joe Barnes (bass) and Jake Saunders (drums).
How and when did you form?
We formed about a year and a half ago after meeting in a very long and complicated process that brought us all together.
Who are some of your main influences?
We like so many bands between us but to narrow it down to a few big influences it’d be Foals, Biffy Clyro and Catfish and the Bottlemen. The way they perform and fill arenas is a huge influence on us.
As we know you’re going to drop your new single this week, but can we expect any other material from you in the next few months? An EP maybe?
Our new single is set for release this Friday called No Way! We’re certainly looking at releasing more singles and are in talks of doing an EP but nothing is confirmed yet so you’ll just have to wait and see!
What are your hopes for 2017?
We’re hoping to continue growing our fanbase and playing bigger and better shows whilst releasing music that people enjoy.
If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be?
I’d say New York (with The Strokes preferably) because its such an insanely cool city and has an amazing music scene.
Have you got any gigs coming up?
We have loads of gigs coming up from January to March including some big headline shows in Brighton on 21st February at The Hope & Ruin and London on 23rd February at The Finsbury. We’re also playing in Bristol, Leeds, Hertford, Southampton and Croydon!
What are your New Years resolutions?
We wanna play five new cities this year. We’re already doing Bristol and Hertford so there’s two down.
Have you got any advice to bands just starting out?
Tough because we’re just starting out ourselves really but gig everywhere you can and speak to people. Don’t let your ego on stage come off stage with you.
Describe your sound in a few words?
Indie guitar bangers.
Howland will be playing a number of gig dates -including two headline sets in Brighton and London- throughout February and March to accompany the release; seeing them play cities they’ve never visited before! See the full lineup of dates below.
- 21st February – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
- 23rd February – The Finsbury, London
- 2nd March – The Stag & Hounds, Bristol
- 4th March – The Joiners, Southampton
- 11th March – Verve Bar, Leeds
16th March – The Dog & Whistle, Hertford
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All Photography by: Rhona Murphy Photography