HOWLIN RAIN | To Headline EL CLUB
In DETROIT, MI On MONDAY, JULY 23
New Album 'THE ALLIGATOR BRIDE'
Out Now On SILVER CURRENT RECORDS
Watch/Share Official Video "MISSOURI"
Hear/Share "THE WILD BOYS"
Hear/Share "ALLIGATOR BRIDE"
MONDAY, JULY 23
4114 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
$12 ADV // $15 DOS
photo by Kristy Walker
Howlin Rain are on tour this summer in support of their fifth album, 'The Alligator Bride,' out now on Silver Current Records. The 29-date North American tour stops at El Club in Detroit, MI on Monday, July 23.
Since their debut in 2006, Oakland, California's Howlin Rain have seen as many highs, lows, and wild adventures as any great American rock band. They've performed to worldwide audiences, enlisted a megastar producer and label, moved on from said megastar producer and label, and ultimately embraced a DIY spirit. The ensemble is led by singer/guitarist/lead howler Ethan Miller who at any given moment pivots between several projects, each a different facet of his sun-scorched California vision. From the pastoral psych jams of his celebrated Sub Pop band Heron Oblivion, to the scuzz punk freakouts of Feral Ohms, to the sprawling, analog ambience of The Odyssey Cult, to his various books of poetry, Miller cuts a renaissance figure in madman's garb, howling at the moon and cranking out handmade masterpieces. With his imprint, Silver Current Records, he carefully oversees all curation, recording, graphic design and distribution.
For 'The Alligator Bride,' Miller and company drew inspiration from classic rock formations such as The Grateful Dead's 'Europe '72,' Mountain Bus' 1974 burner 'Sundance,' and Free's masterpiece of atmospheric, minimalist blues, 1969's 'Fire and Water.' The collection was recorded at the Mansion studio in San Francisco; the same space that gave birth to modern garage-psych classics by Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and Mikal Cronin. The record was tracked over three days, playing live to tape and cutting the material in first and second takes with engineer Eric "King Riff" Bauer. The result is a set of wide-eyed, ragged and unapologetic rock 'n' roll.
From the first notes of set opener, "Rainbow Trout," Miller's guitar choogles out an inescapable riff, a sly reference to the sky spirits of Norman Greenbaum and ZZ Top. The riff unabashedly grounds 'The Alligator Bride' in the classics, but reaches for the stars. Daniel Cervantes' bottleneck slide guitar eases into place along with Miller's tuneful-yet-ravaged lead vocals, followed by Jeff McElroy's bass and Justin Smith's charging drums. Title track "Alligator Bride" soon crashes the gates like Crazy Horse in all their ragged glory, telling a carnivalesque tale of American splendor, a parade of creatures across time and space. The final track "Coming Down" slow-burns its way through eight minutes of indestructible twin guitars, blazing to a heroic, acid-damaged finish.
"We're in a vortex of futuristic events," ruminates Miller. "At this present moment, we can still remember the way the train whistle sounded in the middle of the night, rolling through the dark on the outskirts of town. An old America before we walked on the moon, before TV, cell phones, and the internet. 'The Alligator Bride' is about standing in the eye of that tornado of time—between the past and the present—in America."
It's a fitting vision for the band: torn between eras, an epic perspective on what's come before and what lies ahead, woven into a cosmic tapestry of riffs, rhymes, and resonant frequencies.
June 2 - Joshua Tree, CA - Desert + Denim
June 5 - Long Beach, CA - Fingerprints Music ++
June 6 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
June 7 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Wayfarer ++
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA - The Moroccon //
June 9 - Sonoma Valley, CA - Huichica Music Festival
June 10 - Tahoe, NV - Crystal Bay Club Red Room
June 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
June 13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
June 15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
June 16 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
June 17 - Vancouver, Canada - The Astoria
July 11 - Washington, DC - DC9 **
July 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's **
July 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl ^^
July 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl ^^
July 15 - Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups
July 17 - St. Louis, MO - Ready Room **
July 18 - Davenport, IA - Raccoon Motel **
July 19 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry **
July 20 - Milwaukee, WI- The Cooperage **
July 21 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern **
July 22 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub **
July 23 - Detroit, MI - El Club **
July 24 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe **
July 25 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern **
July 26 - Northampton, MA - The Root Cellar **
July 27 - Jersey Hall, NJ - Monty Hall **
August 1 - Chico, CA - Naked Lounge
++ with Mapache
// with BRONCHO
** with Mountain Movers
^^ with Grateful Shred, Mapache