Modern British indie music continues to owe a great deal to bands like The Clash and The Buzzcocks. After the late eighties flower power sensibilities of The Smiths and The Stone Roses, and then Britpop, the indie of the new century once again reflects those seventies influences, alongside the mature indie punk traditions of North America.
Bands like The Strokes and The Vaccines, and before them The Libertines, mirror all that is good (or bad depending on your viewpoint) about indie guitar music, combining influences and styles. Some indie outfits sum up the whole genre with a sound that straddles the Atlantic, winning new fans in the land of Big Macs and childhood obesity and also in America.
Darwin Deez is one such act and so are Howler. From Minneapolis in America's Midwest, Howler bear all of the hallmarks of those great indie traditions alongside sixties' LA pop and local rock heroes The Replacements and Hüsker Dü.
Rough Trade fell in love with Howler and eye-catching frontman Jordan Gatesmith on first sight. Their debut EP on the label, 'This One's Different', was released in August to wide acclaim for its low-fi simplicity and honesty. Howler promise much.
Howler's short headline tour kicks off at The Bodega Special in Nottingham on Tuesday 31st January, followed by dates in Newcastle and Leeds, before the final gig announced so far at the HMV Institute in Birmingham on 5th February 2012.
We have tickets available now, priced just £8.
The week before, on Thursday 26th January, Howler headline the last night of Q Now: The Sessions 2012, Q magazine's new talent showcase, at London's XOYO supported by Zulu Winter. We have tickets available now for £10.
Ahead of all that, Howler are supporting The Vaccines on their sold-out UK autumn tour (resale tickets may be available) and have a couple of headline dates of their own scheduled for London on 16th November and 8th December, both of which are also available now and priced under a tenner - see below for the full list.