Pray silence for your daily dose of rock n’ roll swagger. ‘Gathering Storm’ marks the rollicking return of London four-piece Hows Harry, whose rip-roaring tunes were built to steam-roller the senses.
With the capital-based quartet’s bold new single out now – an intoxiocating mix of hip-rippling beats, angular guitarwork and arena-ready hooks – we spoke to Hows Harry to get the skinny on their comeback and more.
‘Gathering Storm’ is a big tune. How did the track come about?
“This song is built from the bass up: we were looking for a big squelchy sound and when we were writing the riff, the song kind of started to map itself out. Lyrically, Ike had been playing around with the ideas for a couple of years, and the musical precedent set by the bass and the drums felt like a natural fit for the lyrics. A lot of time was spent on the percussive elements of the tune, the little flourishes, the sprinkles on top – (the track features Rupert drumming on his own face for example). The song has a little bit of something for everyone, big riffs, big grooves and we just hope people enjoy it really.”
How did Hows Harry start out?
“We all met at school. Loz and Ike have been writing music together for almost seven years now and once Rupert and Tom came on board it all clicked very quickly. No one is precious, so we’ve been very lucky.”
What inspired your name?
“Harry is an epic German Shepherd. He turned up at Tom’s house one morning, sat on the doorstep, refused to move and he’s been there ever since.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“We all listen to different stuff to be honest with you, so it’s probably best we break this down member my member for this. You’ll have to manage with four answers: American Football (Loz), The Neighbourhood (Tom), King Krule (Rupert) and Little Comets (Ike).”
Any other new artists you have played with and would recommend?
“Mali Hayes is pretty awesome. We had the pleasure of playing a couple of Sofar Sounds shows with her and her band – and they’re fantastic. We also really enjoyed watching Heir when we played on tour in Leeds – lovely lads and wicked tunes.”
And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for Hows Harry?
“Writing, writing, writing, more writing and Christmas.”