Terrorforming’ is the brand new track from York four-piece The Howl & The Hum, with their debut EP – including the quickly-viral lead track, ‘Godmanchester Chinese Bridge’ – also available today. The band have also announced details of nationwide dates through September and October.
Completing their immersive debut EP today, ‘Terrorforming’, write The Howl & The Hum, “started out as a Springsteen-like rock ballad, and was stripped away more and more until the bare bones of the song were remaining, which seemed to be the best way of conveying the emotion of the song. It’s about the bravery involved in realising something in your own life is wrong, and doing something about it, despite what implications that may have.”
Across their debut EP, The Howl& The Hum draw on sounds which feel simultaneously epic and intimate, uplifting yet melancholic: from the experimental, electronic textures of The Cure or Massive Attack to the atmospheric, transatlantic rock of The National, via a love of classic songwriters like Townes Van Zandt. Four university friends from four different walks of life, performing as The Howl & The Hum was first inspired by Ginsberg’s poem ‘Howl’, which is the call, with ‘the Hum’ appearing to be a more modern response. The band then introduced themselves with the emotional video to ‘Godmanchester Chinese Bridge’, which was created using footage that singer Sam found of his grandparents’ golden wedding anniversary from the year before he was born (with their anniversary-waltz reconnecting him to a couple who have long since passed away).
The results form an impressive introduction to a group who appear intent on doing things unexpected of new bands. Catch The Howl & The Hum at the following dates, with more to be announced soon.
September 26 | Birmingham | Sunflower Lounge
September 29 | Aberdeen | Tunnels
September 30 | Wester Ross | Loopallu
October 1 | Inverness | Madhatters
October 2 | Orkney | The Sound Archive
October 4 | Elgin | The Drouthy Cobbler
October 5 | Aviemore | Old Bridge Inn
October 6 | Newcastle Upon Tyne | Think Tank
October 7 | Manchester | Neighbourhood Festival