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Interview with HOWL BABY HOWL
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Jeppe: Music was the great escape as a teenager. It still is today, but It came like a freight train when I was around 13. I think I can blame the music department of the local library in Roskilde where I grew up, and also the Roskilde Festival gave all the fuel and inspiration an angry, young and open-minded dude could wish for. If not music I guess a window cleaner, baker, priest or something in between.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Since I’ve became a parent for 2 girls 2 years ago, what I like to do when not playing music, has become something completely different than what It was. In a good way.. today it’s more efficient and I can get inspired by every little thing around. Half a movie, A quick visit to an art museum, one page in a book can work. Before all that endless freedom could easily also cause the opposite of inspiration. But it sure was nice to just dig into movies and nothing else for weeks in a row.
How long has your band been around? Also, please tell me about the dynamic of the band of what brought you all together.
Me and Silas met in highschool. We started fast playing digging and playing music together. Dropped out after one year and moved to Copenhagen together when we were 18, to just be in music, learn and do it like we wanted it. Howl baby howl was born around 2005. 2 albums and 3 EPs. 10 years break because we needed it and now we’re back with ‘Heavy on the Tongue’. YUP We are like brothers so the band dynamic is like so. Things can get rough and intense sometimes, but mostly it’s just really inspirational and easy to work with someone you know so well as we do.
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
Copenhagen, a small big city with a thriving music scene. Great venues, great studios, etc.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
We were younger and discovered Kerouac, Ginsberg etc. We were traveling around USA together, and HOWL by Ginsberg was an easy one to carry in your pocket. Cool word and we were in more Garage and Blues kinda stuff so the name fitted our band and sound perfect. Dont know if It still does but whatever :)
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
We played a private show at a trashy party in a house in Memphis long time ago. Nobody knew who we were and nobody understood our broken English accent. Insane vibe and people loved it. I think the most memorable shows is also the smallest weirdest places we have played. They stand out for some reason
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Many great venues all around and we have been to a lot but yeah I guess there a many cool where we haven’t been. Would love to play a tour in eastern Europe at some point.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
New in band - turn up and be open to the physics of sound
Younger self: lose all the self-doubt and drop that arrogance
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
For now all our songs from our new album ‘Heavy on the Tongue’ means most to play. The lyrics contain more meaning than before, and the energy of the songs really fit tight and together.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
The new songs… but yeah people request the old ones because that’s what all they remember and know of. It will change.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Playing together is the biggest inspiration for how our song is made, just to play and see if something pops up. Then we listen to a lot of random other genres than rock music and it also gets into inspirational filter.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Our lyrics don’t contain direct messages, but you can dig into them and find some sort of messages for sure. We hope that our listeners get whatever they want out of it, but some sort of inspirational - angry joy sort of feeling, would be nice to get through.
Do you have any new singles, videos, or albums out that you would like to tell me and your fans about?
Our brand new album ‘Heavy on the Tongue’… It seriously the best we have made so far! Also, our man Christian Eaglecastle made this ridiculously cool music video for our song ‘Lightning Zone’. Made in Shanghai about a delivery rider doing his thing.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We have some shows coming in Denmark and we are in our brains about our next album. Also, there will come some remixes at some point soon. Done by the masters our friends Trentemøller and T.O.M.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
We do the old Facebook thingy, but you can keep more up to date finding us on the Instagram sea of sorrow and despair. There we are the light you need.