Detroit’s Ritual Howls hit us with their most danceable non-dance track to date. “Scatter The Scars” debuts today over at Noisey who’ve noted their “weird blend of American rockabilly, industrial, and disco”. The rhythms immediately hypnotize as the guitar bass leads the way into Paul Bancell’s brooding vocal delivery. He sternly claims “You have no conviction…” and you can’t help but imagine him looking you straight in the eye as he says it.
Ritual Howls’ third and forthcoming album Into The Water will see its release on felte August 19th. The trio are set to play a slew of shows in NYC, Chicago and more – dates include performances with YOU. and Pop. 1280. A full list of dates can be found below.
Ritual Howls are industrial, cinematic, country goth, creating sounds and words that shift from the violent expression of fear to an obsession with baptism and cleansing. Their combination of drum machines, synths, fuzz bass and twang guitar produce a Skinny Puppy meets Lee Hazlewood soundtrack that embraces both paranoia and tranquility – like a love song to the devil.
Detroit’s Paul Bancell (vocals/guitars), Ben Saginaw (bass) and Chris Samuels (Synths, Samples, Drum Machines) are Ritual Howls. They collect samples of the physical world and feed them with guitar, vox, bass, synth and drum machines to create an aura of darkness over a pop sensibility. Paul Bancell provides lyrics that Poe or Lovecraft would approve of while Chris Samuels and Ben Saginaw provide sounds that bring his macabre tales lurching into the world of the living. Collaboratively, Ritual Howls create a surreal, introspective gloom that could fuel a disco in hell, a soundtrack to your favorite nightmares and most grisly fantasies.
Ritual Howls Live Dates:
06.23 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar *
06.24 Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar *
06.25 Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub *
06.26 Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s *
06.27 Columbus. OH @ Summit *
06.28 Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville ^
08.02 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
08.12 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
* w/ YOU.
^ w/ Pop. 1280, YOU.