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GET TO KNOW: Howlite


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Following on from the release of their much-loved EP 'Not Here', Australian outfit Howlite have now returned to deliver the Electro-Orchestral remix of one of the release's standout offerings, 'Blood Type'.


Reviving the original with bolder and more euphoric elements throughout, this new version of 'Blood Type' makes for a powerful and captivating listen. Filled with pulsing energy, soaring textures, and vibrant hooks throughout, they are certainly looking to make a strong impact with this one.


So with the new remix available now, we sat down with the group's Alison Thom to find out more about her origins and influences over the years.


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What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?


I know I loved The Spice Girls, I think they were my first experience of being a fangirl. I remember my mum coming into my bedroom the morning they broke up to tell me the bad news - I cried and tried to get the day off school because of my distress. But I think the first artist who I fell in love with in a way that influenced me as an artist was Avril Lavigne. She was my first taste of something different - she was a tomboy who played guitar and wore jeans and t-shirts. She was a suburban girl who was only a few years older than me, and she inspired me to learn guitar and start writing my own songs.


Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?


In year seven I forced some of my friends to be in a band with me. We were called AKA, and we mostly sat in my garage eating snacks and mucking around on my dad’s old drum kit. It was short-lived and hilariously bad but it was great fun.


What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?


I think writing for me is a way of processing my thoughts and information - working out what I think or how I feel about something that either happened or I created or read about. So I think that although the inspiration is external, the driving force of what makes me want to write is that human idea of trying to understand yourself.


What is a song you wish you had written yourself?


All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey. Partially for the royalties, but low-key it is an absolute banger that slaps YEAR AFTER YEAR. An incredible achievement. I defy anyone to not bop.


If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?


We were lucky enough to play Canadian Music Week a couple of years ago and would love to return. The idea of getting to tour overseas after so many lockdowns is such a wild idea as well.


Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?


There’s too many to mention, it’d have to be a festival! The XX, London Grammar, Sylvan Esso, Ladytron, CHVRCHES.


And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?


Either Jamie XX or James Blake. They’re both such amazing artists as well as producers, and their latest collaborations have been so inspiring, so we’d love to collaborate with either of them.


Where do you see yourself in five years time?


Pottering around in the garden with a cat and a cup of tea after just having played to a packed Coachella crowd.


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Howlite's new Electro-Orchestral remix of 'Blood Type' is available to stream now. Check it out below.