The Wire - p.68
"Howlin Rain have mined pure rock gold together in the studio, performed with a knowledge, love and commitment for their chosen subject that is strictly no pose."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.943 stars out of 5
-- "[With] a rootsier sound, drawing upon Grateful Dead's expansive blues and CCR's rural rock, and allowing Miller's whiskey-stewed croon to breathe freely."
Personnel: Ethan Miller (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, synthesizer); Ian Gradek (vocals, banjo, bass guitar); John Moloney (vocals, drums, percussion); Tim Daly (saxophone).
Recording information: Louder Studios, San Fransisco, CA (2005).
If Comets on Fire is the soundtrack to a midnight psychedelic bacchanalia, then COF frontman Ethan Miller's side project, Howlin' Rain, is the house band for the next afternoon's stoned soul picnic. The band's 2006 self-titled debut is made up of eight extended classic-rock workouts that recall Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Allman Brothers, and Humble Pie at their jubilant peak. While Howlin' Rain can choogle with the best of them, there's a charming, wide-eyed buoyancy to the songs that sets the band apart from the more menacing stoner-rockers of the early '00s.