Track Of The Day: Howlin Rain
Howlin Rain are about to release a new album. They provide the latest Track Of The Day. Check out our past Tracks Of The Day here.
The band was formed in 2004 by guitarist/vocalist Ethan Miller. The aim was to have a more melodic offshoot of psych heroes Comets On Fire.
The band quickly got the attention of celebrated producer Rick Rubin. He helped to shape the songs that form new album The Russian Wilds, which is released via Agitated on March 12.
However, Rubin himself didn’t work with the band – Miller, Isaiah Mitchell (guitar/vocals), Joel Robinow (keyboards), Cyrus Comiskey (bass) and Raj Ojha (drums) – in the studio. It was engineer Tim Green who took over that role.
Says Miller of the album: “There was a point when we were really trying to blend Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, Steely Dan’s Gaucho and Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge of Town.
“I love The Boss’ singing, where he’s just blowing out his voice, even when it’s just a pop ballad moment. And we were inspired by some of the grooves and close-mic stuff on Gaucho, and by how Electric Ladyland runs the gamut from super-long jams to blues numbers to drifting psychedelic pieces.
“There’s a sense of audacity to these records – a band chasing down strong, invisible connections – and there’s moments like that on our record. We didn’t always do the smartest or safest things.”
You can now download the song Phantom Of The Valley for free right here. You can also hear a stream of the rest of the album at the same link.
Find out more at www.howlinrain.com