I can’t quite put my finger on how to describe The Howl And The Hum, but I guess you could say they howl and they hum. Howl describing the massive vocal talent of frontman, Sam, which is enough to take over any venue of any size. Hum is the quieter, more subtle but equally beautiful moments of their music, the soft side of the lyrics, the buzzing bass lines that might go unnoticed but truly make their sound what it is.

The Howl and The Hum came to Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on Saturday and performed a sold out set at the intimate venue. Support came from St. Martiins, a Scottish band who had travelled from Dundee. They used a combination of a ‘usual’ set up, mixed with synthesisers and gentle vocals, but at times their performance felt disjointed, it was almost as if the nerves of their first Manchester gig had got the better of them. Despite this, the music wasn’t bad and the audience still watched and enjoyed the band, but I just felt like at some points they could’ve given a bit more.

The Howl And The Hum were met with a roar of cheers from the excited crowd and they opened with Terrorforming, a softer track which began the set perfectly displaying Sam’s epic vocal talent, most of the room were singing the song back, and those who weren’t were still enjoying the already intense performance. The dynamic night was packed with energy and an infectious enthusiasm spread across the room, the set went on to feature I Wish I Was A Shark and Portrait I, while also giving the audience a sneak peak at what’s to come from the group. The eclectic sound of the band covers all genres, creating rhythmic but ambient tones, as well as showing funk and pop influences and, of course, all with a roaring intensity.

The night was closed with fan favourite, Godmanchester Chinese Bridge. A track that perfectly sums up the group, capturing both the powerful howl of the group, but also the gentle hum.

The Howl And The Hum are still currently touring the UK so catch them soon if you’re lucky enough!

Liv X

Photo by Olivia Kenny

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