Harry Howard and the NDE
"a memorable excursion through damaged garage rock and twisted punk" - Time Out
Harry Howard and the Near
Death Experience - 'Pretty'
Harry Howard and the NDE -
'Near Death Experience'
ago - like a battered owl - Harry Howard and the NDE emerged
from a craggy nest. Their first album Near Death Experience saw the young HH (owlett),
with many years of experience from These Immortal Souls, The Birthday Party and
Crime and the City Solution, truly earn some wings.
With the NDE he was ready to swoop - sweeping
away years of underachievement, he raised those beating wings. Reeling from his
own NDE (source of the band's name) he set his sights on making an album to
reflect his fierce and fragile immortality. Not surprisingly, after hearing the
demos he was making, old friends Dave Graney and Clare Moore were inspired
and demanded involvement. Long time cohort Edwina Preston was hastily dragged in
and it was with her dynamic that the NDE was truly born. The debut album Near
Death Experience rode a thermal of success proving that HH could achieve
altitude, even after all this time.
Now, with two years of shows beneath him, the dirt has fallen from Harry's tatty
wings and he's ready for some serious flying. And so, here is the new album:
Pretty. Pretty signifies a shift in Harry's outlook. Artistically the band has
focused on moving forward by broadening the soundscape and mood. Still
cherishing the down and out and retaining his old man's wit, Harry has also
allowed himself room for more serious factual reports. Thus we get experiential
pop about love, lust, paranoia, gods, devils and monsters. The new album Pretty
burrows under the skin and you can sense the NDE are swooping closer to their
eventual prey - their beak is sharp, their wings not burnt, not yet.
'Pretty' out Nov 1st on Spooky Records / MGM