The Howlin’ Souls bring a refreshing twist on classic rock n’ roll during a musical era dominated by electro-pop artists and DJs cranking out tracks on a computer with little to no musicality or skill. Don’t misunderstand me, I enjoy electro-pop and a good EDM track as much as the next person, but there is something energizing and adrenaline-pumping when a band just rocks. The Manhattan-based rock quartet does just that. They rock.
Out of the gate with their lead track, “Anyway You Take It”, you can tell that singer/songwriter and guitarist Pete Smith is heavily influenced by the greats from the 1960s and 1970s like The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, and of course, Howlin’ Wolf. Smith‘s raspy and grainy vocals matched with lead guitarist Scott Sepe‘s blues-inspired guitar riffs and the thumping backbone percussion of drummer Nate Lang and bassist Robbie Sokolowsky makes for a heart pounding, rhythmic masterpiece.
Not only are The Howlin’ Souls rattling the rafters with some heavy rock, but they also got help from co-producer Fritz Lang, who was a long time engineer with CBGBs, Sigma NYC and more. He and also with legends like Miles Davis and Prince. The 4-song EP is not only a high energy thrill ride, but it is also beautifully balanced and well produced. As with all good EPs, you are certinaly left wanting more from The Howling Souls.
The Howlin’ Souls are a force to be reckoned with. Their hard-hitting rock is a modernized throwback that recalls an age of musical innovation. Take the time to check out their self-titled EP and I doubt you will be disappointed.
Check out their EP, which is available now on Spotify. And do not forget to check out the video for their debut single, “Anyway You Take It” below.
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