Sunday 10 October 2021

The Howl & The Hum - Thumbs Up

Photo: Stewart Baxter

Ahead of their upcoming long awaited UK tour, The Howl & The Hum have recently returned sharing new single Thumbs Up. Having spent almost 2 years away, their emotive tenancies and heart-wrenching crescendos have once more found their place amongst the band's sound as they set about stopping time momentarily. Released as a stand-alone track, their songwriting prowess shows no boundaries as they touch on toxic masculinity and tokenistic gestures to great effect. Said to be 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 shit. 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. It also references 80s movie icons Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, a brief admittance of vulnerability in the face of what we call masculinity.” Take a listen for yourselves below. 

 Live Dates
10th Oct - Gorilla, Manchester
12th Oct - Islington Assembly, London
14th Oct - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
15th Oct - Hope & Run, Brighton
16th Oct - Joiners, Southampton
17th Oct - The Exchange, Bristol
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


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