Howth release New Video for “Grand Marais” via Mecca Lecca Records
Sitting on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, Grand Marais is as much an idealized notion as it is a real place. Minnesota native Carl Creighton has never been to Grand Marais, and he’s also never experienced what it represents in the song he wrote for it. In Howth’s summertime ballad, Grand Marais represents an idealized place and love that singer Carl Creighton has never been to or had. It’s a feeling that we can all relate to. Idealized life. Idealized love. It’s more simply about being single and needing a boy to sit by the lake with. Shot by Michael Pisano on a trip to the Great Lakes, “Grand Marais” perfectly captures the joy and warmth of summer.
Howth began as two roommates experimenting in minimal psychedelic folk music and has since become a collection of five friends with so much vibe you would think they had been playing together for the last decade of their twenty-something lives. And in fact, some of them have been. Shortly after returning from Palestine where he had been teaching children the joys of music, lead guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Blake Luley again met up with songwriter Carl Creighton in his home state of Minnesota. By way of a mini tour, Luley and Creighton returned to New York City and began to look for like minded musicians to help expand the sound they had developed together.
Despite living in the capital of cool known as Brooklyn, the search for what would become the rest of Howth ultimately ended with two of New Jersey native Luley’s high school band mates, Neil Acharya (bass, vocals, saxophone) and Miles Waltuck (drums), and Luley’s girlfriend, Aviva Stampfer (vocals, keyboard), herself a transplant from Portland. The years of rapport between these individuals is immediately apparent and has become a hallmark of the music they create, most recognizably in Howth’s debut as a quintet, Newkirk. Recorded in Waltuck’s basement and slated for release in May 2012 by Mecca Lecca Recording Co., Newkirk retains the intimate songwriting of Creighton while capturing five talented musicians having the time of their lives with their closest friends.
Howth has shared the stage with such incredible artists as:
AU, Lianne La Havas, Night Moves, Soft Black, Christopher Paul Stelling, Capybara, Skeletons, Spanish Prisoners, You Can Be A Wesley, Capybara, Leverage Models, Unicycle Loves You, Spirit Animal, Friend Roulette, Empires, Said The Whale
For the first time since expanding from a duo to quintet, Howth is hitting the road. Ambitiously traveling coast to coast in a month, this will be the first chance for fans outside the Northeast to see the powerful live band whose performances have been captivating unsuspecting local audiences.
7/11- Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall *Communion Presents…*
7/24- Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly w/ Mornin’ Old Sport
7/26- Montclair, NJ @ The Meat Locker
7/28- Philadelphia, PA @ Venue TBA
7/29- Washington DC @ Velvet Lounge w/ Double Saginaw Familiarity
7/30- Baltimore, MD @ Venue TBA w/ Teen Suicide
7/31- Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight w/ Baobab and Virgins
8/2- Athens, GA @ Flicker Bar w/ Vestibules
8/4- Austin, TX @ Lambert’s w/ Royal Forest
8/6- Phoenix, AZ @ Venue TBA
8/7- Los Angeles, CA @ Venue TBA w/ Steffaloo
8/8- Oakland, CA @ Venue TBA *Oakland Indie Mayhem Presents…*
8/11- Portland, OR @ Badlands *Acoustic Afternoon BB-Q!*
8/11- Portland, OR @ Venue TBA w/ The World Radiant
8/12- Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
8/14- Boise, ID @ Red Room
8/15- Denver, CO @ Unit E w/ Rubedo
8/16- Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
8/17- Minneapolis, MN @ Wild Tymes
8/18- Milwaukee, WI @ Venue TBA *Battlecry Presents…*
8/19- Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
8/20- Rock Island, IL DAYTROTTER!
8/21- Grand Rapids, MI @ Venue TBA
8/23- Toledo, OH @ Venue TBA
8/24- Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers Coyote Cafe