Fronted by Comets On Fire’s Ethan Miller, Howlin’ Rain came onto the stage and immediately brought the rock — heavy-like — think ’70s Crazyhorse cross-bred with Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. With thick blues riffs crunching through the PA, I looked to my left and saw Pavement’s Mark Ibold dancing himself into a frenzy. Yes, this band live is the real deal.
Upon getting back home, I immediately emailed the folks at Birdman for a copy of the record. It’s here, and it doesn’t disappoint, bringing that same thick energy, only harnessing it a bit in the studio setting. If you’re down with ’70s dime-bag rock & roll you need to go see these guys live.