We welcome Detroit-based goth rock band Ritual Howls on May 17th, for a devilish night of atmospheric post-punk! Think modern day Joy Division with added elements of industrial, soundtrack and musique concrète…
Certainly not your usual Tuesday evening in Ramsgate!
“Gothic rock… cinematic influences… neatly mixed industrial, and even Cold Wave-ish elements here and there. A true gem” – Post Punk
Detroit’s Ritual Howls blend elements of post-punk, industrial, soundtrack, and musique concrète into stark yet enveloping music. Featuring Paul Bancell (vocals, guitar), Chris Samuels (synth, samples, drum machine), and Ben Saginaw (bass), the trio issued its 2012 self-titled debut album on Urinal Cake Records and a series of cassettes on Nostilevo in 2012 and 2013.
After signing to Felte Records, the band’s second album, Turkish Leather, arrived in September 2014. Two years later, Ritual Howls returned with Into the Water, which emphasised their country influences as well as their pitch-black moods. 2017 saw the release of Their Body, a five-song EP of atmospheric post-punk and dark wave-inspired songs. The Detroit trio’s fourth full-length Rendered Armor released in 2019 follows the Their Body EP with expansive arrangements sculpted with masterful production.
“This is what it sounds like when keen atmospheric magicians conjure a bit of dream-pop miasma and nervy post-punk grit and apply it to a musical mood teetering on the edge of all-out apocalyptical gloom” – Paste Magazine
“Ritual Howls start getting post-apocalyptic, sounding like Bauhaus in a spaghetti western cast in high contrast shades of black and white” – Self Titled Mag