Howard, the Brooklyn-based outfit composed ofHowardFeibusch(guitar, vocals),AlexChakour(guitar, synth, backup vocals),MylesHeffernan(bass), andChrisHoldridge(drums), are thrilled to announce their new album,TogetherAlone, outSeptember14thonFashionPeople.
The video for the album’s first single,“Your Honor,”was directed byJoeyAbissoand premiered onNPRMusicearlier this morning. He says, “We wanted to strike a unique balance between elegant, zany, and playful, which led to the ‘Life Magazine,’ Monty Python, construction paper visual combo of the final video. The weird little story came about pretty organically alongside the visual style…it was a lot of fun directing everyone to make silly facial expressions at various angles and dropping the results onto their animated bodies.” Watch the video below.
TogetherAlonefollows Howard’s debut album, 2015’sReligion, and it’s companion EP,PleaseRecycle. It’s the first album from 30-year-old multifaceted bandleader Howard Feibusch’s project to be recorded with the full band that so capably toured behindReligion; it’s also an aching, restless, and altogether lovely document of the paradoxical sensation in which we feel more isolated than ever in the face of increasing togetherness and connectivity—a modern sentiment wrapped in music that’s timeless in its timbre.
TogetherAlonefinds Howard venturing further out of their comfort zone and using their full-band capabilities to their greatest advantage—a full-bodied warmth, aided by horn contributions from the famedDaptonemusical family. No sonic stone is left unturned here, from the gently rollicking and subtly psychedelic“Mothers Wedding”(shared last fall) to the brittle, dusty desert rock of“Oh Dear Brother.”You can hear a variety of influences here, from the winsome sounds of Athens’Elephant 6collective to Amnesiac-eraRadioheadand the distant lullabies of theEverlyBrothers—but they all coalesce to form a sound that is truly its own. It’s untethered from the present and applicable to the plight of humanity at large—but it represents Feibusch and his band finding themselves, too, necessary hope for anyone who’s ever dreamed of turning the thoughts in their heads into something tangible and real.