February 26, 2020 | doors at 8:30pm
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Chunklet Industries presents:
Sunwatchers | A Tower To The Stars
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Howlin Rain
Howlin Rain is back on the road this summer. Fittingly, they’ll be celebrating a new
series of limited edition live albums entitled, ‘Under the Wheels,’ while continuing to
support their acclaimed 2018 studio album, ‘The Alligator Bride,’ which Uncut
Magazine called, “classic rock in the most pastoral, sun-soaked ‘70s sense, with traces
of Springsteen at his most gospel, Creedence at their grooviest, Free and American
Intended to be a direct conversation with fans, ‘Under The Wheels’ is a no-rules,
anything goes series culled from multi-track live recordings made on the road. The
debut installment, 'Live From The Coasts (Volume 1)' leans heavily to the band’s
improvisational side and is the first of a 2-part curation comprised of East and West
Coast performances in 2018-19. It’s set for August 30th release via Howlin Rain
founding member Ethan Miller's Silver Current Records, with Volume 2 to follow in Fall
"No matter how accomplished a studio album a band makes there is still something
even more elevated and relatable about a live performance captured well. The audience
and musicians engaged in an ecstatic, emotional dance together, the sound of lightspeed group creativity under heavy pressure, feats of improvised melody and feel
beyond expectation and of course the raw edges, rough corners and deeply human
sound of artists completely exposed in the high temp firing and fusing of their hopes,
risks, vulnerabilities and ultimately triumphs of imperfection and musical joyrides beyond
conscious imagination," says Miller. "That’s my favorite place for Howlin Rain to be and
my intention with the live series is to open a spigot between the fans and these captured
live adventures and to leave it open as an ongoing conversation about our spiritual
dance together.”
'Under the Wheels: Live From The Coasts (Volume 1)' will be available on limited
edition and deluxe/special edition vinyl packages that Silver Current has become known
for, in addition to limited edition cassette and digital formats. Tracks include an
extended ten minute-plus instrumental melodic burner "To the Wind," the show-stopping
first album favorite "Death Prayer in Heaven's Orchard," the rarely performed live acidsoul cooker "Goodbye Ruby" and 'The Alligator Bride' album keystones "Missouri" and
"Coming Down," the latter having grown into a 13+ minute set closer with all controls set
for the heart of the sun.
"Hard to pin down, harder to hold onto.
Bent circuit board snake charmers unfurl across hexagonal grids.
A seemingly familiar sound but then you realize you have your ear pressed against a reflection.
Sunwatchers are a distorted prism to so many past greats.
Reminiscent of Ethiopiques, John Handy Band, Terry Riley, Art Ensemble meets Laddio Bolocko.
Forever swirling saxophone blended belly to belly with elastic guitar and tin foil thin phin (a thai instrument not unlike an electrified tenor guitar or sitar).
A whirlpool of repetitious interpretations.
Militaristic marches ascend into meditations.
These songs map out great pyramids and deep buried labyrinths.
They are massive.
They are leviathans.

The band is comprised of NYC improv heavy hitters:
Jim McHugh - Guitar, Electric Phin
Peter Kerlin - Bass
Jeff Tobias - Alto Sax
Cory Bracken - Vibes, Percussion
Jason Robira - Drums

and sitting in are:
Dave Harrington - Guitar, Synth
Ben Greenberg - Guitar
Dave Kadden - Keyboard
Jonah Rapino - Fiddle

Notable previous projects include Dark Meat, Arthur Doyle’s New Quiet Screamers, NYMPH, and Chris Forsyth's Solar Motel Band.

AND with amazing cover painting of handsome Jimmy Valiant by artist Scott Lenhardt.
A strange but somehow sensible match made in heaven.

Dream machinery.
Just plain far out.
Look for traces of this one in your brain jelly afterwards.


-John Dwyer, Thee Oh Sees/Castle Face Records