Audrey Howard | Summer Thunder

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Summer Thunder

by Audrey Howard

Sultry poetry set to a melee of indie-pop and post-punk stylings. Audrey delivers guitar licks to rival Neil Young's and a voice that fluctuates between Chrissy Hynde and Polly Jean Harvey.
Genre: Rock: Riot Grrrl
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1. So, You're in Love
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2. One Subject Notebook
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3. Office Girl Suite
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4. Halfway
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5. Just So Ya Know
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6. What You Are
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7. Not Easy
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8. Summer Thunder
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9. Enemies
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10. Little Moon
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11. Peace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A force on the stage with her trademark black custom telecaster and eccentric humor, Audrey delivers a show that mesmerizes. Audrey's stage presence is natural and electrifying, and her rock tunes are undeniably catchy. A long-time student of jazz and rock, her guitar playing rivals that of her idols: Kurt Cobain and Jimmy Page. Her liquid voice envelopes you as she invites you into her world of love's frustrations and the refusal to toe the line.

Audrey Howard was born in the humble town of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Reared on classical lp's, Bob Dylan, and her mom's singing and piano playing, Audrey took to the keys at a young age. In high school she played the sax and starred on the stage in the school plays and musicals. At Northwestern University she majored in acting and played eclectic roles like Rosalind in the Bard's "As You Like It" and Rosalie in John Guare's "Written on the Body." Meanwhile she was discovering a new passion - playing the guitar and writing songs. Soon she was performing her raw, emotive folk-punk tunes in the college union and in Chicago cafes.

After school she packed up her cat and moved to the fabled land - San Francisco. There she bought a four-track and recorded her first cd - the bedroom recorded, bare-bones ep., "Mischief." (2000) "Mischief" was put on the juke at her local pub and her first hit, "New Strings" was in heavy rotation. She then formed the punk-pop trio, "Strumpet." The band produced "Phase" (2001), a 4-song ep. "Chatter" - the punky, anti-media bombardment rant from that ep - remains one of her most popular songs, often inspiring the whole audience to sing along.

Next she went into the studio to record a full-length album. The result, "Summer Thunder" (2003), is a gorgeous pop record which delves into her personal demons, from relationship missteps, to the horrors of working in an office, to the death of her father. Co-produced and recorded by Garth Webber (Miles Davis, Robben Ford), 'Summer Thunder' is a complex, beautiful, and engaging album.

Audrey currently plays out solo and with her energetic and talented band, "Audrey Come Lately," featuring Lisa Young on drums and Brandon Chaves on bass, keys, and samples. She recently returned from performing in a festival called "Jammin for the Salmon" which seeks to restore the native Chinook Salmon to the Salmon River. With the release of "Kismet", she feels that her songwriting is evolving from tales of heartbreak to more positive and hopeful writing, and even into politically activist waters. Ever growing musically and gaining fans, Audrey is on the brink of nationwide recognition.


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revolutionary

Excellent from beginning to end
Super Tight! It's impossible to pick a favorite track. Great guitar, awesome lyrics, real talent. I can't wait for the next CD from Audrey. This CD is totally worth the cash...

Raleigh

Summer Thunder Kicks Ass
The latest CD from Audrey Howard is delicious, delightful & delovely. I want to hear it again & again. Cheers!

Preetch

"Summer Thunder" rocks!
"Summer Thunder" is one of my favorite albums from Bay Area recording mainstay Audrey Howard. The girl can sing! From the hauntingly beautiful "Peace" and bittersweet "One-Subject Notebook" to the rollicking "Just So Ya Know" and hysterical "Office Girl Suite", Howard has range, depth, and grace. My personal favorite line, from Track 1, is the opening: "So. You're in love. Well, don't look at me." Genius! My favorite song on the album is the title track, though. "Summer Thunder" is like everything else Howard does: deeply personal, sexy, sultry, and in your face. She is as deft on the acoustic guitar as she is wild on the electric, and listening to these tracks is almost as much fun as watching her play live.


eclectic and introspective
Reminiscent of Tori Amos for the level of introspection and honest emotion -- Audrey shares her moments of anger, self-doubt, tenderness, and boldness with little apparent hesitation.

The musical range is as broad as the emotional range, and equally challenging. Reconciling "Just so you know" (with its bold and bitter country edge) with "What you are" (with the yearning undertones of classic Spanish guitar) is no easy task, yet both are rewarding tracks and strangely do seem to belong together on the same album.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this album.