Joined: Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:14 pm Posts: 1873 Location: Boonton, NJ
the PR wire wrote:
Having been formed by bandleader-singer-guitarist Ethan Miller in 2004, as a melodic offshoot of blazing new-psych innovators Comets On Fire, Howlin Rain soon caught the attention of uber-producer Rick Rubin, who signed them to his American Recordings label and involved himself deeply in their subsequent musical evolution thereafter. Rubin worked closely with Ethan for over a year and a half as he shaped and perfected the material being written for" The Russian Wilds." Finally, the band entered the studio with producer-engineer Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, Nation of Ulysses). This link brings you to an audio collage of the band singing a capella in the studio set to a slide show of them in concert. Feel free to post: http://youtu.be/tGBccZ5SX8c
"The Russian Wilds" is a sprawling, Pynchon-esque labyrinth and a colorful, feeling-filled catalyst for hungry minds. It’s the masterwork earlier studio sets and Howlin Rain’s barn-burning live shows have hinted at given blood and bone by a group in their fighting prime. “There was a point when we were really trying to blend Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, Steely Dan’s Gaucho and Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge of Town,” says Ethan Miller. “I love the Boss’ singing, where he’s just blowing out his voice even when it’s just a pop ballad moment. And we were inspired by some of the grooves and close mic stuff on Gaucho, and by how Electric Ladyland runs the gamut from super long jams to blues numbers to drifting psychedelic pieces. There’s a sense of audacity to these records - a band chasing down strong, invisible connections - and there’s moments like that on our record. We didn’t always do the smartest or safest things [laughs].”
Joined: Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:59 pm Posts: 30 Location: Toronto, ON
i love comets on fire and anything ethan miller does in general. the guy's a great songwriter, understands melody and dynamics. he makes music that's creative. it might not be the heaviest shit on the planet but i love the fact that he's found his own style/voice rather than copy older bands to fit in a genre.