Strung Out vocalist releases new album “Good Man’s Ruin” digitally today under outlaw folk project Jason Cruz and Howl.
The album marks the first new release under their new label deal with Liars Club, formed by Amigo the Devil and indie powerhouse Regime Music Group.
“Good Man’s Ruin was my antidote to metal and punk,” says Jason Cruz. “I had spent so much of my life immersed in heavy abrasive music that blasted the listener. I needed to make something that drew people in. Something intimate but with scope. Something lush but simple and easy to get lost in.”
Jason Cruz and Howl shine like a lonely headlight through the shadow of the valley of death and rock and roll. Fronted by seasoned punk veteran and artist Jason Cruz of seminal punk outfit Strung Out, Howl is a decidedly dark departure from ‘punk guy gone acoustic’.
Rooted in Americana and dark psychedelic murderfolk, Howl flickers like late-night television noir, high on mescaline and American promises.
Howls create an almost cinematic tone with their songs, painting with words, melodies, swagger, and melancholy. They give listeners a masterclass on storytelling as the songs drift through the air like cigarette smoke and old country radio.
Cruz’s wolf pack is backed by rhythm section Kris Comeaux on drums (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Darlings), Jason Nelson on bass (Above the Noise), and Chad Kulengosky on guitar (I Am Ghost, Above the Noise).
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“Liars Club is the perfect home for this project,” commented Jason Cruz. “I am very grateful this music has found its home to grow. There were never really any boundaries with Howl. Its sole existence depends on absolute freedom and the ability to shift and sway depending on the mood.”
Article by The Pier Staff