ROLL UP ROLL UP
THIS IS THE ONE YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!
As two of 2012's great white hopes go up against each other in the first of the big release weeks of 2012!
ROLL UP ROLL UP To See two really irrelevant bands to battle out who is less likely to play anywhere bigger than the electric ballroom but probably should still be playing the garage.
From somewhere in America, which makes them seem a bit more exotic than they are. Howler are like a group of tourists that come and hang out for you for a bit, at first you like them, but once you discover that they are repetivitve and incredibly annoying, you soon want to smash them in the face and kick them to the head as they beg you they wont make anymore annoyingly "fuzzy" (vibe term) rock and rolly rubbish again. The album is annoyingly "lo-fi" in the way that it is designed to be "lo-fi" and mixed to be "lo-fi" and mastered to be "lo-fi" in a vain attempt to blend it to the small town, uncomfortable to be mere tourists. A nod to the 60's british uk rock and roll sound, some songs a strokes knock-off band from 2011 with a couple of bonafide "hits" thrown in for a re-release for the summer festival crowds. For Fans of ultimate irony, America Give Up could easily be re-released as Howler Give Up!
Tribes seem also quite appealing, the vocalist's raspy Christopher Owens meets Issac Brock meets Johnny Whitney over expertly structured guitar ballads with lad sing-a-long choruses. Wait. Lad Sing-a-long choruses, it all got dark there. If Howler are annoying tourists, Tribes are the lads you were mates with, that won the battle of the bands and got incredibly cocky, moved to a slightly bigger city and never spoke to you ever again. Judging by "Baby" they'll be moving back to their Mam's houses sometime mid 2013 with the head's firmly between their legs.
Tribes are far more interesting than Howler, but it's more or less the same concept, as filler outnumbers the killers 10-2.
WINNER: Tribes- it's still unmemorable dross which will surely be forgotten shortly, but at least its has a bigger picture to it, against the dime-a-dozen wannabe credible mix of Howler. And of course we should support the local lads really anyway, they might be cretins now but they'll soon be home and working in the local pub before you know it. Although obviously being American buzz crush superstars Howler are better looking. But saying that makes me as bad as them doesnt it...