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Currently 21 years old, the members of Minneapolis’ Howler live in the shadow of The Replacements, who apparently taught them just about everything they know about how to write and rock. The band’s quick, aggressive songs—which have expanded into full band exercises instead of coming strictly from Jordan Gatesmith's pen—show signs of maturity without losing the primal blast that only young, careless men can deliver without shame. “Al’s Corral” speaks of a South St. Paul bar where they imagine Paul Westerberg writing “Here Comes a Regular.” “Drip” concerns their sickly second guitarist Ian Nygaard, who found time to pen the chaotic title track and the album highlight, the slower-than-usual “Here’s the Itch That Creeps Through My Skull.” Allegedly, two Walt Whitman poems inspired the subdued “Louise,” which is blurred beyond recognition by its freeform production. The New York Times came away impressed with the band’s debut, America Give Up. It’s time for everyone else to catch up with the follow-up, World of Joy.

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Formed: 2011 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Continuing the lineage of fuzzed-out guitar pop bands that stretches from the Ramones to the Strokes and the Drums, Minneapolis' Howler is the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Jordan Gatesmith. Before forming the band, Gatesmith was a fixture of the city's music scene, playing in bands as diverse as Gay Animals' noise-rock to the folky indie pop of Total Babe. However, it wasn't until he wrote what became Howler's first song, "This One's Different," at age 17 that he felt he was making music that...
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