The Howl & The Hum’s “Similar Mistake Twice” Is a Dynamic, Dramatic, & Deeply Sentimental Return

Yorkshire’s The Howl & The Hum triumphantly returns with the dramatic, pressing, and angsty “Similar Mistake Twice,” an emotionally charged fever dream that sees Sam Griffiths working full pace forward as a solo mission.
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“Similar Mistake Twice” – The Howl & The Hum

I by no means make the identical mistake twice; I at all times goal for a 3rd time,” sings a candid Sam Griffiths in The Howl & The Hum’s spirited new single. His voice is sizzling on the mic, his phrases intimate on the ears prefer it’s simply us and him in a room, and we’re bearing witness to the singer/songwriter spilling his soul in track.

Same Mistake Twice - The Howl & The Hum
Similar Mistake Twice – The Howl & The Hum

In some ways, that’s precisely what’s happening – as a result of as triumphant as “Similar Mistake Twice” feels, it’s additionally tinged with an unavoidable bittersweetness: That is The Howl & The Hum’s debut as a solo mission, following 2020’s critically acclaimed debut album Human Contact and 2021’s live performance album Dwell at York Minster. Founding members Bradley Blackwell, Jack Williams, and Conor Hirons parted methods with Griffiths (amicably, or so it appears), leaving him the only member of the band they began collectively within the mid-2010s; and in correct torch-bearer style, Griffiths runs full pace forward into the subsequent section of his mission along with his coronary heart and soul plastered throughout his sleeve, glancing backward and nodding as if to say, “If I might, I’d do it yet again.

Or as he’s extra poetically put it in track, “If I had yet one more probability, I’d at all times make the identical errors twice.

I by no means make the identical mistake twice
I at all times goal for a 3rd time
I climbed by way of your window
and tripped on the blinds
I suppose I’m impaired in my foresight

“‘Similar Mistake Twice’ is the primary document with The Howl & The Hum as a solo mission,” Griffiths tells Atwood Journal. “It pays its dues to all of the issues we received proper and improper earlier than, as a band, as buddies and as collaborators, and celebrates the issues that make us essentially the most human: The what-ifs and the victories we stock round with us.”

“It concludes that, regardless of all our bulls*** and arguments, if we got a second probability at life from the beginning, we’d at all times make the identical errors twice.”

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The Howl & The Hum © Stewart Baxter

The lesson (if there’s one to be) discovered is, embrace the trip. Cherish the on a regular basis.

Life isn’t about making the highs outweigh the lows, or analyzing what you can have executed higher for subsequent time; it’s about soaking within the full expertise and benefiting from it. It’s about appreciating the folks round you, being current and lively in your individual story, and main along with your coronary heart. It’s a gorgeous sentiment that Griffiths wouldn’t change a factor, and one which not very many individuals in his hypothetical situation would essentially share, however that is his second, and these are his errors to make time and again, for so long as he pleases.

I spent all my youth enjoying video video games
That satisfied me once we die we go spherical once more
So all these errors all these voice notes to you
I’ll sidestep with grace after I’m right here for spherical two
I by no means make the identical mistake twice
If I do it’s an encore
The ghost of Thelonius Monk in my thoughts
Says there’s no such factor as a improper chord

Launched Might 9 through Depressing Disco, “Similar Mistake Twice” is the lead single off The Howl & The Hum’s forthcoming sophomore album of the identical identify (out September 6).

“That is an album about Dread,” Griffiths says of his full LP. “A couple of very actual, on a regular basis dread so many people really feel surrounded by screens displaying us how we ought to be, what an excellent individual is, what a foul individual is. It’s about attempting to have and deal with and course of huge messy feelings in a world that desires issues to be small, easy, and rapidly determined. Each individual is flawed, each individual has baggage, shrapnel they take with them that makes the airport safety beep. This album is about acknowledging that shrapnel, poking it, flipping it and seeing what lives below it, and studying to fall in love with the model of your self filled with holes and lacking items.”

“This can be a breakup album mourning the lack of a band, and all that comes with it: ego journeys, insecurities, misplaced friendships, fading love, rekindling outdated fires and a path to acceptance.”

I’m at all times forgetting my buddies’ occupations,
I swear that I’m listening, I’m simply feeling jaded
You moved to London with everybody else
I stayed in Yorkshire avoiding success
There’s a person within the pub
says he was once younger
And he appeared similar to me,
did the issues that I’ve executed
However he left Michelle for a job in PR
And now he’s received onerous drives of images of her

Dramatic and dynamic, pressing and angsty, “Similar Mistake Twice” is an unapologetic emotionally charged fever dream: As The Howl & The Hum returns, he makes rattling positive we all know that he’s proper the place he belongs.

So sure, it is a triumph – a gorgeous one, at that.

On the day I die
Some judgmental man in white
Says I’ve wasted all my life
However as a result of he’s feeling form
He’ll give me yet one more strive
However we don’t see eye-to-eye
Cos if I had yet one more probability
I’d at all times make the identical errors twice

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