Howard Lawrence is a solo artist—songwriter, musician and conceptualist—who calls his unique brand of music Alternative Rock Theatre. By blending influences from classic rock, progressive rock, art rock and psychedelia (e.g., Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Doors, David Bowie) with those of experimental contemporary acts (e.g., Radiohead, Porcupine Tree), Howard creates music that is quite novel and simply doesn't fit neatly into any existing genre. He relies heavily on mood and textures to create a jazzy, rocking sound that propels his darkly humorous, edgy lyrics deep into the listener's consciousness.
With so many contemporary major label artists focused on producing the next chart-topping single, sometimes a discerning music listener has to go outside the mainstream to find independent artists who still believe in the sanctity of the full-length album. Howard Lawrence is one of those artists who has made it his mission to produce complex, theatrical concept albums that challenge the music listener. The product of his intense focus so far are two ambitious albums of considerable depth: The Enemy Inside and Running After Midnight. Howard is presently at work on his third full-length album, Shock Therapy, which promises to be his most eclectic sounding work.
If you're like Howard and enjoy imaginative, brain-altering music, you'll want to add these albums to your music library. With their tracks linked conceptually and thematically, The Enemy Inside and Running After Midnight channel the author's primary musical influences into a style all his own.