Howler - World of Joy

By Arne Sjostedt
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:03pm, first published June 12 2014 - 12:58pm

HowlerWorld of JoyRough Trade★★★½

The slacker punk vibe of this album makes it easy to like, while the experiments in genres such as surf rock and psychedelia add to the overall patina of this release. These guys know how to strap themselves into a groove and ride. A punked-up, indie-style outfit from Minneapolis, named No.3 in NME's Best New Band for 2011, these guys have delivered. When not hammering out punked-up rock tracks, they love playing breezy surf punk. This record won me over by virtue of its utter punk rock attitude, and swarthy indie cool. Washy guitars, bass rhythms sticking it all together like gum, they have a distant, almost West Coast vibe, but with male vocal and associated masculine overtone.

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