Howl (Big Stir Digital Single No. 98)
With an album release announcement just around the corner, Cumbria, England's MYLITTLEBROTHER are ready to let it all out with the second (and title) single from their forthcoming record HOWL. “Howl”, the song and the single, is out this Friday October 9 and up for pre-order at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles right now. It's backed with a classic and personal favorite of ours, “Song About Amsterdam” from the band's previous record, which should be all the incentive you need to dig in to the mlb back catalog while you wait for Howl.
Will Harris, the charismatic frontman of the harmony-laden indie-rock band, says of the single: “It’s a singalong, but quite a sad one, to be honest. It’s a song about doing your best to get out of a toxic situation, but being dragged in time and time again. Yet there is an undercurrent of hope through the song, you know it’ll be alright in the end!” That's a theme that runs through the new album, conceived before (but often eerily prescient of) the 2020 pandemic, and previously teased by the first single “Janey”, released on Big Stir Records earlier this summer.
Will (piano and lead vocal) is joined in mylittlebrother by Dan Mason on guitar/vocals, Robin Howson on bass/vocals and Simon Buttress on drums/vocals. Their three EPs and the full-length If We Never Come Down (featuring our B-side, the irresistible bittersweet singalong “Song About Amsterdam”) have received rave reviews, and gained airplay from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing In Cumbria, Radio Caroline and have featured on BBC television, ITV, Channel 4 and in several short films. Their newest recordings reflect their new fuller sound, and project the energy of their joyous live shows – one of which, in Liverpool a few years back, was how they caught Big Stir Records' ears for good.
Pre-pandemic, the band had been honing that live sound, with gigs including British Sea Power's Krankenhaus festival, a headline slot at Kendal Calling, and gigs across the country supporting the likes of Glasvegas and Juniore. The stage-tested Cumbrian four piece master the art of creating harmonious, insanely catchy songs. Swathed in vocal melody, they use driving electric guitars and piano to deliver upbeat indie-rock that often hides a cynical, sometimes melancholic, darker undertone. "There’s something happening in the Lake District that is really very special", says the always-trustworthy Louder Than War, referring to the band's home region in the north of England. You'll hear it here, and you'll here it on HOWL, the album, before the month is out!