Howitzer

Howitzer

BandRockPunk

Sounds like: Agnostic Front and Motorhead shared a motel room with a Hank or a Haggard and had a baby.

Biography

After leaving their native New Bedford, MA and settling in South Florida, brothers’ Jay and Russ formed Howitzer in ’95. Frustrated by trying to scratch out a living in places that you don’t see on Sunshine State postcards, the brothers needed an outlet. Boston hardcore, metal, punk, oi and rock ‘n’ roll were in their roots. A lack of anything worth watching or listening to in South Florida at the time necessitated the bands creation. Jay’s tortured singing and raw guitar sound, and Russ’ take-no-prisoners, hardcore style vocals and no-frills bass playing, combined with their song writing skills formed a tough new form of street rock unlike anything South Florida had seen before. They gained notoriety wherever they played with their no bullshit, streetwise approach that somehow still managed to be a good time for all who attended.

After falling out with other band members along the way, the brothers teamed up with long time friend and fellow statesman Lance, who stepped in on lead and rhythm guitar. Lance’s heavy-handed rhythms and straight-ahead lead playing gave the brothers what they were looking for to complement the Howitzer sound without sacrificing their vision. Being from Massachusetts as well, Lance shared the same Yankee theories, politics, musical influences, and delusions of grandeur as the brothers. They had the sound and vision they were looking for, but needed the driving force to take it to the next level.

The album Police State was self-produced and recorded by Jay, Russ, Lance, and a fourth member named Steve in Howitzer’s own multi-hundred dollar recording studio. By taking matters into their own hands, Howitzer created a recording that sounded like they were meant to be heard. Fueled by the desire to capture their live sound on record and excessive amounts of alcohol, they cut their tracks in minimal takes and maintained rawness in the mixing process. The cover art is based on one world government conspiracy theories, and reflects what many of the songs are about.

But somewhere along the way, the Dirty South browned Howitzer’s edges and an outlaw country sound came creeping in. Exit Steve, leaving Howitzer as a three piece again– prime number for recording their latest release, Turncoat, a tough 7" which is still raw and gravelly. The twang hasn’t taken over, but there is real singing on this album. Their philosophy is simple: “Play the good songs, the ones we want to hear. The old songs need to be heard again and the new songs won’t disappoint the old fans.” So says Howitzer

Discography

Police State - Hazard Hill Records
Turncoat (7" inch) -Hazard Hill Records