New album The Russian Wilds out 12th March 2012 via Agitated Records

Agitated Records are proud to announce the UK/ European release of HOWLIN RAIN’s brand new albumThe Russian Wilds on 12th March 2012

The Russian Wilds
Release Date: 12th March
Label: Agitated Records
01. Self Made Man
02. Phantom In The Valley
03. Can't Satisfy Me Now
04. Cherokee Werewolf
05. Strange Thunder
06. Plex Reception
07. Dark Side
08. Beneath Wild Wings
09. Collage
10. Walking Through Stone
11. ...Still Walking, Still Stone
".. indebted to the past and utterly timeless, wild but controlled, chin-stroking  clever and head-shaking dumb, referential without being reverential. But above all, it’s a lot of fun.” Uncut
The Russian Wilds passionately protests the currently popular notion that heroically conceived and executed rock music is a thing of golden ages passed. Having been formed by bandleader-singer-guitarist Ethan Miller in 2004, as a melodic offshoot of blazing new-psych innovators Comets On Fire, HOWLIN RAIN soon caught the attention of uber-producer Rick Rubin and involved himself deeply in their subsequent musical evolution thereafter. Rubin worked closely with Ethan for over a year and a half as he shaped and perfected the material being written for The Russian Wilds. Finally, the band entered the studio with producer-engineer Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, Nation of Ulysses), tracking at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, as well as at Trilogy Studios and Hyde Street in San Francisco, recording most of the overdubs at Green's Louder Studios in SF, where Tim mixed the album with crucial input from Rick.
"Bay Area-based Howlin Rain is an unguardedly passionate modern classic, a band that would have been a headliner at the Fillmore East and Winterland in another era that reassembles rock's primary elements in ways that make it roil with new life on their latest album, The Russian Wilds."  RELIX
"A psychedelic cocktail of Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Faces, the Damned and author Raymond Carver" Rolling Stone Magazine

The Russian Wilds is a sprawling, Pynchon-esque labyrinth and a colorful, feeling-filled catalyst for hungry minds. It's the masterwork earlier studio sets and Howlin Rain's barn-burning live shows have hinted at given blood and bone by a group in their fighting prime. "There was a point when we were really trying to blend Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland, Steely Dan's Gaucho and Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge of Town," says Miller. "I love the Boss' singing, where he's just blowing out his voice even when it's just a pop ballad moment. And we were inspired by some of the grooves and close mic stuff on Gaucho, and by how Electric Ladyland runs the gamut from super long jams to blues numbers to drifting psychedelic pieces. There's a sense of audacity to these records - a band chasing down strong, invisible connections - and there's moments like that on our record. We didn't always do the smartest or safest things [laughs]."

Alongside Miller, Howlin Rain are Raj Ojha (drums, percussion), Cyrus Comiskey (bass), Joel Robinow (keyboards, guitar, vocals) and Isaiah Mitchell (guitar, vocals). Musicians who have drawn upon the basic vocabulary of classic rock then stretched and reshaped it to more arcane and ambitious ends. The results present a unique aural vision that expresses the fantastical and the practical in equal measure, resonating with the work of kindred spirits such as Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound, Wooden Shjips, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Vetiver
“a levitating rethink of 1970s roots rock. Imagine Credence Clearwater Revival or Lynyrd Skynyrd given a cosmic dimension and you are close to understanding Howlin’ Rain’s rumbustious charm. These are horny-handed and exhilarating rock songs, punctuated by unhinged guitar freak-outs.”  The Times
This New Cosmic California Movement shares an exploration of song-grounded, psych-touched, emotionally charged boogie and blues; they are, in short, the next generation to carry on the viscerally charged spirit of the musical pioneers that once rendered the Fillmore and Winterland stages magic in decades long passed.
Where Howlin Rain differs from some of their compatriots is their penchant for conjuring simmering soul grooves in unexpected places, marrying blue-eyed soul influences to strutting highway-ready rock. In addition, their latest work reflects increased focus on sophisticated harmony vocal arrangements, adding exciting new dimensions to their ouevre.
Howlin Rain has performed at major festivals in the U.S. (Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Bumbershoot) and in Europe (Green Man, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Azkena), and has toured with The Black Crowes, Queens of the Stone Age, and Black Mountain, as well as sharing bills with Mudhoney, Roky Erickson, Terry Reid, Okkervil River and The Meat Puppets. After their period of intense woodshedding over these past few years, Howlin Rain is looking forward to seeing this new music blossom on concert stages around the world beginning with a US tour early 2012 and shows at SXSW in March 2012.
07-Feb NY NYC Mercury Lounge**
08-Feb NY Brooklyn Brooklyn Bowl**
09-Feb PA Philadelphia Johnny Brendas**
10-Feb DC Washington Red Palace**
11-Feb CT New Haven Cafe Nine**
14-Feb CA Costa Mesa Detroit Bar
15-Feb CA San Diego Casbah
16-Feb CA Los Angeles Echo
18-Feb CA San Francisco Independent%
21-Feb CA Arcata Humboldt Brews$
23-Feb BC Vancouver Biltmore
24-Feb WA Seattle Sunset Tavern
25-Feb OR Portland Doug Fir
06-Mar CA Visalia Cellar Door(+)
07-Mar CA San Luis Obispo SLO Brew
09-Mar CA Sacramento Harlow's
10-Mar NV Reno St. James Infirmary
12-Mar UT Salt Lake City Urban Lounge
13-Mar CO Denver Larimer Lounge
15-Mar TX Austin SXSW2012
16-Mar TX Austin SXSW2012
17-Mar TX Austin SXSW2012
** Soldiers of Fortune supports
$ Radio Moscow supports
% Hometown Album Release Show
(+)  Howlin Rain supports Blitzen Trapper
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