Words: ROBIN MUMFORD
As reassuring as a ‘Thumbs Up’ from an old friend, The Howl & The Hum return this autumn with a quietly respondent and soothing new single to coincide with their UK Tour.
‘Thumbs Up’ is a track about toxic masculinity and tokenistic gestures. The latest release presents itself as a cathartic confessional from an artist in search of deeper connections in the wake of personal tragedy, written as singer Sam Griffiths tried to find silver linings in the darkest of days.
He reflects: “’Thumbs Up’ is the confession that us men don’t know how to talk to other men about important sh*t. This song was written in the silence after suicides of friends, during depressive episodes, and over non-existent conversations about how we communicate our feelings: our highs, our lows, our loves and losses.”
Every lyric laid down by the omnipresent Griffiths nestles itself perfectly into the fabric of the song, acting as a sucker-punch to the soul. Building to an atmospheric conclusion, its ethereal keyboards and backing vocals are also set out by Griffiths, whilst the band’s mainstay Conor Hirons plays its reverb-glistening guitars.
And with this epic new release, The Howl & The Hum are sizing up a significant return to the centre stage this autumn, with gig dates at the likes of Manchester Gorilla last week and a two-date residency at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club in their native Yorkshire at the end of the month.
Remaining Tour Dates:
19th Oct - King Tut's, Glasgow
21st Oct - The Sugarmill, Stoke
25th Oct - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
27th Oct - Jericho Tavern, Oxford
30th Oct - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
31st Oct - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tickets on Sale now: https://www.thehowlandthehum.com/tour-dates