Here at Howling Owl, we are extremely excited/scared at what lies ahead in 2014. Albums, gigs, festivals and more will soon be snowballing towards us and we cannot wait. To kick things of we have something a little (big) special lined up. Kindly, we have been allowed to take over the Arnolfini art galleries auditorium, and have curated a line up that will hopefully show just how diverse our extending family is.
Headliner Vessel (Tri-Angle/Young Echo) will demonstrate why he is fast becoming one of the most respected names in electronic music. Support comes from Giant Swan (Howling Owl) who carve and sculpt beats and drone using two guitars and a plethora of pedals, and who memorably brought the muscle to Jutta Koether’s exhibition last summer. 2013’s press and radio darling Oliver Wilde (Howling Owl) will offer you another side of his work, performing a more electronica/glitch leaning set, after H from Zamzam Records opens the proceedings with her wall of looped tapes and dark ambience. New Year / New Noise is Howling Owl’s way of letting you know that 2014 is going to be a special one for Bristols music scene.
There will then be an after party at START THE BUS from midnight til 3am where Young Echo and Birkhouse Recordings will be supplying us all with dance ammunition.
This after show will be free for those who have been to the Arnolfini.
What a lovely weekend we’ve just had, whilst Joe and myself were off getting our minds blown by A Place To Bury Strangers, the ever resourceful Towns and Velcro Hooks boys were putting on a DIY banger of a show. Well done them, carrying on the owl spirit of shows in weird places, they took over ‘All Hallows Hall’ to launch the Velcro Hooks 7”. I’ve seen a video and it looked mental, people hanging upside-down on stage….
The Velcro Hooks 7” will be posted out this week, so look for it in your mailbox. They play London very soon to launch it too.
Oh, and speaking of weekends….we are putting on one of our favourite bands soon. ‘Weekend’ blend soundscapes of noise & fuzz with 80s motorik rhythms. We have been trying to book them for so long, and now this has happened. Support will be Spectres and Factotum, which is exciting. FREE ENTRY TOO. But I’m afraid there probably wont be anyone hanging upside-down on stage….
'Spectres' are releasing the next installment of their sporadic horror-zine. Born a year ago today, the series collects stories / illustrations / and weird things, from the depths of your souls. This issue is full to the brim of nonsense, comics, film stuff and a tour diary from Joe's 6 year old niece Jenny. It isn't for the easily offended, nor the weak of stomach-ed!
Available for 24 hours only, then gone forever. Oh, and it comes with remixes like this one.
Today is ‘Cassette Store Day’ and in standard ramshackle Owl behaviour we waited until the LAST minute to do anything. To be honest, we don’t really agree with alot of the releases available in shops today, reissued albums on cassette with no download cards, and no writing/artwork on the tapes? LAZY MAJOR LABELS. The indies have smashed it though, Art is Hard, Faux Disc, Brian Records all stepping it up and putting beautiful packages out.
So I decided we should do something, in a knee jerk reaction to the major label cassettes. We have constructed 10 copies of the forthcoming Spectres / The Naturals split 10” onto RED CASSETTE. These are essentially the ‘Spectres’ edition, as they contain the ‘Lump’ artwork. All 10 are hand dubbed, hand labelled, hand stamped and lovingly hand made. They are only available today at Rise in Bristol (sorry, the one downer on it being last minute, no distro!) and we hope you venture into your local independent record shop to support them anyway. Oh, and they come with a download of both songs.
These 2 songs are a dark and experimental reaction to the environment in which the bands both share and practice in, and each other.
HEY LOOK IT’S MIKA WITH A SKATEBOARD BEING ALL RAD AND STUFF!
We decided to put the forthcoming album by thrashpunkskaterdudes ‘Gnarwhals’ out on a bonafide skate deck. We thought it would be really fun to hand paint every single one ourselves. Today we spent a long day doing just that, and we still are nowhere near finishing. Despite that fact, there’s only 1 left on presale as the others all got snapped up, WHAT FAITH YOU ALL HAVE.
I’m pretty chuffed with how they look, and I’ll probably use one to kickflip over a gromit yeah.