Lupine Howl are one of those few bands that are formed due to a negative situation. The Howlers actually used to be part of Spiritualized until head tweaker Jason Pierce kicked them to the curb. The trio of Sean Cook, Jon Matlock and Mike Mooney brushed themselves off, looked at each other and saw that glimmer in each other's eyes: they had to start a new band. They kept the spaced-out psychedelic soul sound of their previous incarnation, but they blended it with some old American soul and a '60s garage sound to present an all-new vibe. On their new album A Bar At The End Of The World, Lupine Howl continue on in this vein, all skyscraping mind-melting soul garage freakouts, but ones you can't turn off. The songs stick with you, lingering in your subconscious, awaiting further listens. "A Grave To Go To" is a freakbeat fantasy, reinvigorating the sounds of the late '60s, while "Don't Lose Your Head," "Trust Me," "Can You Forgive Me?," and "The Pursuit Of Pleasure" fall much closer to Verve territory than any Richard Ashcroft song has of yet. By far the best of the Lupine Howl efforts and one that causes me to look forward with great anticipation to a US tour.
JEREMY P. GOLDSTEIN