Musician/songwriter Howie Statland lives in New York City and has just completed his latest project, a selection of eleven songs he recorded with his new band, NYCSMOKE.
Throughout the 90's Howie wrote, recorded and toured with his band; RCA recording artists THIN LIZARD DAWN. He subsequently formed his current sound and new band, NYCSMOKE.
NYCSMOKE is Howie Statland on guitar and vocals, Jon Weber (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) on drums, Martin Ewens (Big Mouth) on bass, and Rob Perez (Anxiety) on guitar.
NYCSMOKE's material depicts the experiences of a New York street soul survivor whose only salvation is through song. The music has been referred to sounding like Tom Waits, Pearl Jam, and The Velvet Underground, but it is really a sound all it's own.
Leaning towards an "urban garage" sound, Statland wrote, directed, and scored a film entitled "LOW FLAME" in 1998. Howie recorded two lo-fi albums under that name. He screened and performed the soundtrack live to the film at the P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center in New York City to rave reviews.
Howie also directed and wrote the music for the film "NEW YORK CITY ARIA". In May 2000, the film had its premiere at The Anthology Film Archives which included the works of Jonas Mekas and Ralph Steiner. Howie, Philip Glass and Jon Gibson performed live music to these silent films.
In November 2000, Howie performed a solo repertoire in Paris. He later joined Philip Glass in Luxembourg for a repeat performance of the program by Jonas Mekas.
At Statland's website, NYCSmoke.com, one can purchase NYCSMOKE's latest album "For The Posers" as well as check out his films and side projects.
Listen to NYCSMOKE at maximum volume.