Ben Howard

Ben Howard

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Ben Howard is set release his debut album 'Every Kingdom' under Island Records and will light up 2012.

He's selling out EU tours with mind-blowing shows and has major support from Radio 1, said as having 'The Hottest Record in the World'.

A captivating, unique and clever British songwriter.



Biography


It has been an explosive introduction to a broader audience in 2011 for 24 year old Ben Howard. Having only signed his record deal with Island Records at the beginning of 2011, Ben had already accrued a hefty fan base across Europe, US and Australia through sheer hard touring and the word of mouth support that followed.

Along with his road tested and stunning live show, Ben Howard's debut album release is the final piece in the jigsaw which will ensure his voyage onto the list of great British singer-songwriters a safe one. Drawing inspiration from timeless greats such as John Martyn, Nick Drake and The Rolling Stones his otherworldly vocals and rapped knuckles on the body of the guitar make for a new sound that's built upon the shoulders of giants, allowing him to be refreshingly unique but familiar.

Dark and alluring on tape, and creating this unique live story before the story’s truly yet begun, Ben Howard is deserving of the acclaim as a captivating, unique and clever young British songwriter.

Some recent 2010/2011 highlights:

* Release of debut album 'Every Kingdom' on Island Records.

* Multiple sold out dates on European tour.

* 'The Wolves' chosen to accompany Danny Macaskill's YouTube video 'Industrial Revolutions' with close to 3 million hits.

* 4th highest preorder sales of any Universal artist behind James Morrison, Nirvana, and U2.

* 2 songs played live on French TV show 'Taratata'.

* Added to MTV and NME TV playlist

* Single added to the Radio 1 B-List, Absolute Radio B-list, Xfm Daytime Playlist.

* Massive international Radio support from Radio 1 including live sessions, Record of the Week, Hottest Record in the world and live festival highlights.

* Regional UK radio tour with live sessions and interviews.

* Summer festival circuit including Firefly, Greenman, Wakestock, Arrifana Sunset, Reeperbahn, Transmusicales.

* All 3 official videos growing in Youtube views by 8k-12k plays day on day.

* Huge press coverage from Q, Mojo, Total Guitar, Music week, major broadsheet and tabloid newspapers.

2009:

* Number 2 in the French iTunes Album Chart with 'These Waters' EP

* Publishing Deal with Warner Chappell

* EU support tour with Xavier Rudd (Ireland, UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland) and an upcoming run in November including (previous territories plus Italy and Portugal)

* EU support tour with Angus and Julia Stone (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, Holland)

* European headline tour in May ( 200-400 capacity venues in Germany, Holland, France, Belgium, UK)

* The following cities sold out: Paris, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, London

* In September Ben will undertake his second headline tour of Germany (5 dates) and his first 2 headline shows in Spain (Barcelona/Madrid)

* UK Willy Mason Support Dates

* The 'Wolves' featuring on a DVD cover mount 'Protect Our Waves' on Surfers Path Magazine. 30,000 copies

* 2 Live BBC Devon Radio Session's

* Live Performance on Manu Katche's 'One Shot Not' show broadcast on Arte 1 - French and German TV

* First ever 'Live at the Apple Store' show in France (Louvre, Paris)

* Licensing deal with French Indie label 'Tot ou Tard' (Belgium, Switzerland, France, Monaco, Andorra)

* Festivals including Eden Sessions mainstage support with Paulo Nutini, Into The Great Wide Open (Holland), Quik Pro France, Secret Garden Party, SAS Ball, Les Nuits Secretes... etc etc

* Supported Xavier Rudd, Fink and Brett Dennen's European tours.

* In December Ben completed his first UK headline tour. 7 dates in association with Surfers Against Sewage (close to 1000 tickets)

* Winner of The Red Stripe Music Awards

* Ambassador and sponsorship with the surf brand Quiksilver

* Independant release of the These Waters EP (Over 5000 copies sold at gigs alone since June '09)

* Digital distribution of the EP through Dualtone

* 190,000 free downloads of Cloud 9 in the US through iTunes/Starbucks since mid-November

* Cloud 9 was also the title track to Kelly Slater's new film 'Cloud 9' televised globally

* 2000+ free downloads of garage band recording of Three Tree Town through Musicglue

* US shows with Jason Mraz

* Festival appearances including Glastonbury, Quik Pro France, Love Box, Blissfields, White Air, Relentless Boardmasters, Gold Coast Ocean Festival, Grass Roots Jersey, Eurosonic and The Great Escape.

Lyrics

London

Written By: Ben Howard

Oh, how i wish i could drag you down here,
Pull these feet far from the ground
Because this, this city ain't no friend of mine
Ain't no friend.

All i can do
When the tracks stop at the final destination
Is just push on through,
The weariness and silences of such a crowded situation here.

All i can do
When every brick, every bar, every elegance i see, i see her face,
Is just push on, just push on through,
These embers of memories that float from the fire, from the fire of this place.

So don't give up on me now,
Oh these legs that'll walk me home.

Because it's only concrete and cars,
It's only sirens and missing stars,
It's only whiskey and disregard
In the smallest hours here, when i feel alone.

All i can do
when these lights, they haunt me like orchids in a graveyard,
Is just just push on, just push on through
These faces of dust and stone,
The dirt and bone of loss.

So don't give up on me now,
Oh these legs that'll walk me home.

Because it's only concrete and cars,
It's only sirens and missing stars,
It's only whiskey and disregard
In the smallest hours here, when i feel alone.

..and i hope, Paris is as beautiful as i've been told
and that everything you do is galvanised in gold.

The Wolves

Written By: Ben Howard

The Wolves..

Falling from high places, falling through lost spaces,
Now that we're lonely, now that there's nowhere to go.
Watching from both sides, these clock towers burning up,
I lost my time here, i lost my patience with it all.

And we lost faith, in the arms of love.

Where you been hiding lately, where you been hiding from the news?
Because we've been fighting lately, we've been fighting with the wolves.
With the wolves.
Red tongues and hands.

Falling from high places, falling through lost spaces,
Now that we're lonely, now that we're so far from home.
Watching from both sides, these towers been tumbling down,
I lost my mind here, I lost my patience with the lord.

And we lost faith, oh in the arms of love

(love love love)
Where you been hiding lately, where you been hiding from the news?
Because we've been fighting lately, we've been fighting with the wolves.
With the wolves.
Red tongues and hands.

Oh, we lost faith in the arms of love.

Discography

- Every Kingdom - October 2011
- Keep Your Head Up Single - August 2011
- The Wolves Single - June 2011
- Old Pine EP - December 2010
- These Waters EP - June 2009