If you look at Howland's Facebook page, specifically the genre section, it reads "Our jobs were boring so we made a garage indie band." Seems as good a reason as any, and the four piece band from Brighton have just released their debut single, and are embarking on a tour, starting tonight with a hometown show at Brighton's Green Door Store.
Howland are Tyler Adams (rhythm guitar, vocals), Lee Vincent (lead guitar), Tim Beavis (bass guitar) and Jake Saunders (drums) and they're no strangers to live shows, having supported the likes of Fickle Friends, Little Comets and Foals! This debut single, Callout/Slow Down is certainly something for them to be proud of. The music is indie-rock with a fairly summer-y vibe (nice with the weather picking up!) and is reflective, partially, of the likes of The Wombats and The Maccabees. If you read my recent posts about Bel Esprit, they've got a similar sound - and Howland actually supported Bel Esprit at their Southampton Tigmus gig at the start of the year.
Howland play a mini tour promoting the single this month, dates are as follows:
2nd April - Green Door Store, Brighton
5th April - The Joiners, Southampton (supporting High Tyde)
8th April - Barfly, Camden (playing Jubilee Club)
22nd April - Sanctuary, Basingstoke
29th April - Thorngate Halls, Portsmouth (supporting VYNCE)
If you like what you're hearing on the Soundcloud links above, you can download the single on iTunes here.