Them Howling Bones is a blues-rock band from Los Angeles, CA, featuring Armando (bass), Collin (drums), Pedro (vocals), and Mitch (guitars). The first song they performed was the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues”; it wasn’t until afterwards that they decided to form a band. With strong blues influences and a traditional rock n roll blend, Them Howling Bones has arena rock heft in a modern music world lacking muscle. Their eyes are already on the prize, a stadium gig and are working towards filling up the seats, one fan at a time.
Them Howling Bones is a whiskey drenched rock n roll band bringing old classic sounds back with a modern spin. Living and breathing rock n roll, the band willing to travel near and far to spread their passion for true rock music. The band is filled with musical muscle, substance, and an appreciation for the glory days of rock music, when having fun jamming with your friends was more important than image, ego and growing bank accounts. Their blues rock approach to music will take you back to the glory days of rock n roll, when groups like The Doors, Led Zepplin, and Cream were the backbones of rock music.
Metal Empire: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?
Them Howling Bones: Hey there! We are Them Howling Bones out of Los Angeles, CA. We are a whiskey drenched rock n’ roll and bringing old classic sounds back with a modern spin. Living and breathing rock n’ roll, we are willing to travel near and far to spread our passion for true rock music. We are filled with musical muscle, substance, and an appreciation for the glory days of rock music, when having fun jamming with your friends was more important than image, ego and growing bank accounts. Our blues rock approach to music will take you back to the glory days of rock n’ roll, when groups like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and Cream were the backbones of rock music.
Metal Empire: What is the band up to at the moment? Is there something you’re working on currently?
Them Howling Bones: We just released or first Debut 7” vinyl available for purchase on www.ThemHowlingBones.com, which features two of our singles off of our debut self-titles EP, “Left for Dead” on Side A and “Follow You Home” on Side B. We are currently getting ready for a West Coast tour starting in early July. We also just finished our next EP titles “Dolres” that will be coming out last summer/early fall.
Metal Empire: Tell us about the music you make, how would you describe your sound?
Them Howling Bones: If we had to describe our sound in one sentence, it would be dark pop, rock n’ roll with garage electric creeps, in a nor film set in the deep south.
Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How do you go about writing new material?
Them Howling Bones: The production process was different for each album. It starts with the songs that are typically written by Mitch Micoley who comes up with a riff or concept for a verse/chorus skeleton. Our singer Pedro Torres helps us sift through riffs to come up with one that can make a good Them Howling Bones song. Then, as an entire bank, we work it out and arrange it, to get each part down. Once we have an EP or set of songs, we take them to the studio where we do live drums and bass for our rhythm tracks, all to two inch tape. Mitch then adds his guitar overdubs, and Pedro adds his Vox. When we are all happy with the final outcome, we take everything to PIE studios in New York to have them mixed and mastered.
Metal Empire: What and who are some of your major influences? Please give a few details about what you enjoy about creating music and what inspires you to make it.
Them Howling Bones: Some of our major influences are Love, Cab Calloway, Peter Greens Fleetwood Mac, Syd Barrett, Buddy Miles, The Kinks, & T Rex. We have always wanted to do the band thing and write songs. All of us at an early age have had a passion for music and have been doing it ever since.
Metal Empire: What’s your favorite thing about playing live?
Them Howling Bones: The energy of a great, rowdy crowd. When the we are killing it and the crowd is feeling it and singing with the band, it is the best thing ever.
Metal Empire: Have you played any shows or toured alongside any major artists? Are there any shows that come to mind that you feel make a great story? If so, tell us about it.
Them Howling Bones: Where to start…One gig that sticks out the most, is a year or two ago when we played at the Lighting in a Bottle Festival. We got there early in the day with a handle of whiskey. After drinking all day in the hot sun, we finally went on stage around 12:00; mind you we may have been slightly intoxicated. We were playing through our set passing a whiskey bottle across the stage and threw the crop the crowd, back on stage. It was a really fun moment. After we played we all went our separate ways enjoying the festival festivities. I (Mitch) ended up driving home through the desert at sunrise. We all thought someone took Pete home, but at lass, he was left behind. I got a call the next day from him saying “Dude, I’m stranded in the desert, you gotta come get me,man!” Long story short, I found my singer sitting on a bench wearing all black in the hot desert head, and rescued him; fun gig…
Metal Empire: Is there any band or artist you would give anything to play a show with? If so, who are they and why?
Them Howling Bones: Hanni El Katib. To us, he is doing everything we are trying to do right now. He has such a fresh new sound; super cool stuff.
Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself as an artist this time next year or the year after?
Them Howling Bones: We hope to keep recording and releasing better and better music, keep hitting the road, and get over to Europe and Japan. We want to keep building our fan base and performing great shows.
Metal Empire: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship? Is there any crazy stuff you do to pull the crowd?
Them Howling Bones: If you turn up to a show, you can expect a rowdy crowd. The music is always better live in my opinion, than recorded. There is just an energy when you’re playing live that is only at the gig. You will see a lot of hip shaking. You will also see stage antics and a lot of fun with the band. More than likely, you will see Pedro in the crowd singing and doing shots with everyone. It is a good time; come down!
Metal Empire: What do you think about music piracy, do you think it effects music sales negatively, or do you think there is another cause behind the current drop in record sales?
Them Howling Bones: This is quite a hard questions. Of course music piracy effects music sales negatively (In terms of the physical song form as a master). If you don’t have to pay for it, why would you? As a band, we want as many people as possible to hear our music, however they can. With that being said, we here have spent countless hours and dollars on these songs with no idea if we will make money. Music and art in general isn’t a need, like food is.
Metal Empire: There is a lot of talk about the downfall of the music industry as a whole, do you believe this is the case, or do you believe it is evolving? What do you feel could improve the situation? Them Howling Bones: I have no idea…All we do is DIY, so I can only speak on what we are personally doing. We are trying our best to be creative with what we have, and what we can do. If you create great music that you are proud of, you’re already improving it.
Metal Empire: Do you receive much fan mail, and if so what’s the craziest, creepiest or coolest thing you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
Them Howling Bones: A good friend of ours tattooed one of our logos on himself…hopefully we don’t break up!
Metal Empire: Name one thing you love, one thing you hate and one thing you think everyone should try at least once before they die?
Them Howling Bones: I love is friendship with a splash of whiskey. I hate having beer and no peanuts. One thing I think everyone should try at least once before they die, is everything!
Metal Empire: If you could have one wish, what would it be and why?
Them Howling Bones: That we are still doing what we are doing; making music, recording music, and preforming for as long as we can.
Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to us about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?
Them Howling Bones: If you dig rock n’ roll and what I said during this interview, check us out! You can find us online at www.themhowlingbones.com, on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, you name it! Just search for us. Rock on!