‘Unplugged-punk genius’ Howie Reeve is a linchpin in Glasgow's DIY community and a truly original songwriter, his songs underpinned by his dexterous and varied bass playing.
After having played in various Glasgow bands, Howie went solo in 2012 and has subsequently toured incessantly, not only in the UK but Europe and Japan too. Along the way he has released six LPs of songs that have been described as life affirming, fragile, funny and oozing with empathy. Cryptic, intimate and unsettling lyrics are sung over basslines that encompass elements of post-punk, avant-folk and free jazz. Howie’s melodic and thoughtful playing is enhanced by the occasional flamenco flourish and the odd unexpected percussive blast – all of which keeps the listener on her toes.
Playing the WHC version of six degrees of separation, Howie may be, so far, the closest we’ve ever got to having Iggy Pop perform; for in September 2015, Howie released a 7” single of bass duets with Minutemen/Stooges legend Mike Watt.
And if this hasn’t got you intrigued, I don’t know what would.