Friday 1st April brought the long awaited debut single from Howland, ‘Callout/Slow Down’ (which is a banger might I add) and to celebrate it the Brighton indie rockers kicked off their South coast tour with a hometown show at The Green Door Store.
With a stellar line up consisting of local bands and friends of Howland the night was unforgettable. Roswell 47 kicked it all off shortly followed by Worthing’s very own Imbium, with their Green Day esque vibe.
The main support slot for the evening was filled by Sahara, fellow Close Up Promotions act, who sound similar to the likes of early Foals, alongside White Lies in terms of their massive vocals. Their cover of Major Lazer’s Lean On is (in my opinion) better than the original. Popular track Green Light is definitely worth checking out and adding to your indie summer playlist.
Last but not least, Howland took to the stage opening with new single Slow Down. Since supporting Little Comets, Fickle Friends, Clean Cut Kid and more, Howland have worked themselves up a pretty decent fan base and had the venue packed for their single release show.A highlight of the set was their cover of American psych band MGMT’s huge single Kids. It stirred and enticed the crowd with its roaring vocals, powerful guitar riffs and Howland’s personal take on the psychedelic tune. The gig was certainly one to remember for everyone involved. The set came to an end with new release Callout, a song which you’ll catch yourself constantly singing along to; it’s definitely one worthy of your music collection. If you’re yet to hear the sweet tunes from Howland check them out on Spotify or splash the cash and buy their debut single on iTunes.
Written by Tara Matthews
Photograph by 16 Beasley St