Howlin’ Belle is the second single to be taken from The Peep Tempel’s debut self-titled album due in February 2012 through Wing Sing Records.
A suitable rejoinder to the groundswell of interest piqued from first offering Collusion, Howlin’ Belle is another heart-starting jab of rock via garage, punk and blues from the Melbourne-based trio.
Forming in 2009 as a two-piece, The Peep Tempel developed their distinctive sound in their studio/rehearsal space called the Wing Sing La. Living next door to each other Blake Scott and Steven Carter formed a musical bond that transpired into two 7 inch vinyl releases ‘Thank You Machiavelli’ and ‘Fatboy’. Both 7″s were released through Wing Sing Records, and found a receptive audience on community radio and Triple J.
In early 2011 The Peep Tempel added bass player Matt Chow (of Graveyard Train) who had recorded the band’s first two 7 inches and headed into Sing Sing Studios to record their debut LP with Clinton Kraus. The album was mixed by Casey Rice (Tortoise and The Dirty Three) and mastered by Joseph Cara at Crystal Mastering. The result is a fierce energetic satire of denim, cheap cigarettes and lost men.
Howlin’ Belle is a three and a half minute blast of frenetic energy. Concise, authoritative and marked by percussive precision, angular riffs and raw power – ‘Howlin’ Belle’, certainly makes up in dynamism what it lacks in subtlety.