Fresh from taking out WAM’s Blues Song of the Year for his track The Prince
(an ode to everyone’s favourite watering hole in Bunbury), Dan Howls has put forward another
blistering offering with new single Big Blue Eyes.
Dan says of the track “Big Blue Eyes is a song about friends moving away from the wild life you grew up together in. It’s dark but has some cheeky overtones.”
Making his live debut just last year at W.A’s Nannup Music Festival, Dan performed solo with nothing more than an electric guitar and a stomp on his foot, impressing enough to take away the event’s audience voted Emerging Artist Award. The prize included studio time with James Newhouse (Ash Grunwald, The Kill Devil Hills) which resulted in his first EP’s worth of material.
After playing relentlessly throughout Perth and Fremantle for the rest of 2016, Dan headed to Germany to play the first official Kornern Festival as well as nailing a filmed performance for the famed online Cardinal Sessions. Upon his return to Australia Dan launched his ‘Howler’ EP to a sold out crowd at Mojos Bar, with the addition of an explosive backing band made up of Josh Cutler, Callum Sealamb and Julia Weller.
Dan Howl’s dark and gritty voice recalls shades of Tom Waits and when on fire with the band also hovers around the territory of Gary Clarke Jr., The Black Keys and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, setting the stage for one of the most menacing and ecstatic live shows going around.
With a debut album set to drop this year and plans for national touring underway, Big Blue Eyes will feature amongst other new material being showcased as Dan Howls and his band continue to exorcise one stage at a time.
Big Blues Eyes is out now on all digital retailers via Firestarter Distribution
July 9th @ The Rosemount Hotel, North Perth s/ Peter Bibby
July 22nd @ Red Mill Studio, Bunbury