Ritual Howls

April 5, 2013
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Tonight in Ferndale… This band (with a new record, out-soon on Urinal Cake Records) is opening up for Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

 

 

 

 

 

ritualhowlsRitual Howls

Urinal Cake Records

 

Ritual Howls are a local trio putting a groove to cacophony. Samples of every day city noise are stretched and sequenced to slamming beats from a whole table’s worth of drum machines. The reverb-drenched kick-drums slam hard enough to break your doors down. There’s some danceability dribbled in and the gut-punching doom-marches are sweetened by fuzzy cymbals, sweeps of wavy bass licks and tinny roars from the pedal-mutated lead guitars. Some songs on their new album may invite reminiscences of Joy Division’s entrancingly gloomy brand of post-punk. But there’s something much more ferocious here. It’s not punk, it’s not a hardcore slamming mosh thing and it’s not exactly ear-splitting, droning-dirge noise experimentation. It’s electronic but primal and it’s hyper-aggressive but cerebral.

 

It’s fitting for them to open for Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, similarly neither here-nor-there when it comes to techno-elements crushed under the boots of noise-loving punk murkiness.

Ritual Howls, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Lord Scrummage, Reverend – 9:00 p.m. – Friday April 5th- The Loving Touch (22634 Woodward Ave.) Ferndale