‘We Knew We Were Experiencing Something Special’ – York Band Release ‘Stunning’ Debut Album



By David Nicholson in YorkMix.


To mark the release of Human Contact, the debut album by York band The Howl & The Hum, David Nicholson takes a listen and remembers where, for him, it all began

Wednesday night for me is the quiz with Tom Adams in the chair at The Swan in Bishy Road, followed by a swift bike ride to catch the last hour of the open mic night at The Habit in Goodramgate.

And this particular Wednesday five years ago – or maybe it was six, I forget, that’s what a lifetime of late-night gig-going does for the memory – was no different.

A young student from the University of York had dropped by and was given his chance to play by the host, David Ward Maclean. “Hi, I’m Sam Griffiths,” he said, before being almost drowned out by the noise from the bar.

Then he played Videotapes, a song he used to play in his band in his home town of Colchester.


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