Howler - World Of Joy

An album impounded by its own musical influences...
Howler - World Of Joy

Minneapolis four-piece Howler take us on an expedition into garage rock and hardened punk with second album ‘World Of Joy’.

‘Don’t Wanna’ (video below) might be the centrepiece of the album – a generational song ripe with acerbic proclivities. When they rein in the excessive kitchen-sink approach, sentiments are given room to breathe: take ‘Here’s The Itch That Creeps Through My Skull’, a heartfelt track with guitar flourishes evoking Deerhunter circa ‘Halcyon Digest’ (review).

Howler still emulate The Strokes in tone and through wry, stadium-made lyricism recalling their debut, and too often they walk the downtrodden path of guitar music that’s come before. ‘World Of Joy’, ultimately, is impounded by its own musical influences.

5/10

Words: Shaz Hussain

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