10 Songs, 36 Minutes


About Charles Howl

With one foot in the jangling, psychedelic world of the '60s and one in the jangling, psychedelic world of '90s dream pop, London's Charles Howl add in some surf, post-punk, indie pop, and '70s German rock influences to round their sound out nicely. Comprising guitarist/vocalist Danny Nellis (aka Charles Howl) and guitarist Bobby Syme (aka Danny Voltaire), the band formed when Nellis set aside his Jerry Tropicano project and released a single, "Surf Trem"/"Thinking of Home," for Lo Recordings in 2013. A self-titled EP followed later that year on PNKSLM Recordings. Around this time, Nellis and Syme were playing as the rhythm section for the Proper Ornaments, with Nellis on bass and Syme on drums. The duo chose the remote (for them) location of Leeds to record their first album, working at Syke Lane's warehouse studio. With the help of bassist Chris Hicks of Talons, Nellis and Syme worked to hone and refine their sound, adding some focus to the songwriting and production. After hooking up with Ample Play Records, well-known fanciers of fine neo-psych sounds, they released their debut, Sir Vices, for the label in early 2015. The duo then went back to their duties with the Proper Ornaments, helping to record the group's second album, Foxhole, which was released in early 2017. At the same time, Nellis and Syme decamped to Amsterdam, setting up shop in a reggae studio to record the next Charles Howl album. The duo took care of most of the musical duties themselves, though Victoria Hamblett added backing vocals and Richard Jones did some string arrangements. My Idol Family was released by Oh Many Records in October of 2017. ~ Tim Sendra