Venue: Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
Date: 27th February 2012

The last six months has seen a lot of hype surrounding American newcomers Howler. With the band on a UK tour to promote their debut album, we made our way to Buffalo to see if Howler can be the band to re-energise guitar music.

Starting the night was Cardiff based three piece Kutosis, a band who have worked hard over the years, perfecting their craft, building up a fanbase and releasing their debut album in November last year. Kutosis played a very energetic set with well structured songs. The band had a few technical difficulties getting the last song going, but that just added to their charm.

Man Made is the alias for singer/songwriter Nile Marr. He took to the stage with his electric guitar and a very shiny jacket. I was unsure what to expect but when he started playing I was pleasantly surprised. He worked his way through a set of very compelling songs that demands attention from the listener.

By the time Howler arrived on stage the venue was full to capacity and there was a wave of anticipation flowing through the crowd. It was great to see a small venue this full and with so much excitement amongst the audience. Howler played through their debut album in a very confident and tight manner. There is no doubt the talent this band have in creating guitar songs that are great to listen to and provide a great soundtrack to a night out.

Howler are a band that will go on to big things. Their next tour of the UK will undoubtedly require larger venues. As for being the future of music; they are not going to change the world in the same way that Oasis and The Strokes did. They just don’t seem to have the sound of a band who are capturing a moment that belongs to them. Regardless of which, they are clearly having a great time trying.

Steve Tay

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