CHARLES HOWL unveils comedic video for ‘Never Forget What You Are’, directed by himself and Wesley Gonzalez + announces UK tour dates

May 14, 2018

Bex Day



Shares video for ‘Never Forget What You Are’

Taken from the album, My Idol Family which is out now

+ announces live dates throughout May and June

Charles Howl shares the self-directed video for ‘Never Forget What You Are’, taken from his album My Idol Family which is out now. The video, which also brought Wesley Gonzalez on directorial duties, shows Charles Howl lead an amateur actor’s casting call that sways from cringey to brilliant with every second. The song whirls with atmospheric strings, bouncy piano and offers up indie pop meets 70’s inspired melodies that has an off-kilter pop perspective.

Of the video’s inception, he says: “Dressed as Jurassic Park era Steven Spielberg I set up a fake acting workshop at a rehearsal studio in South London. An alarming amount of actors responded to the casting call and I found myself in a hall of over 20 people armed with only a handheld camera, a piano and a depressing lunch spread I had made that morning in anticipation of the phoney event. The actors were put through their paces having to act out scenarios Wesley Gonzalez and I had written a couple of days before. I was left with a surreal collection of footage from which to make a music video.”


Charles Howl has also announced a string of live dates which will take place across the UK and will also play a one-off show in Paris:

Friday 18th May – FGO Barbara, Paris, France
Tuesday 29th May – The Castle, Manchester
Wednesday 30th May – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Thursday 31st May – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
Friday 1st June – The Waiting Room, London
Saturday 2nd June – Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
Thursday 7th June – One Trick Pony, Birmingham
Saturday 9th June – Fusion Arts Centre – Oxford

Charles Howl is the musical moniker of musician and filmmaker, Danny Nellis, who has made music videos for the likes of Virginia WingLet’s WrestleCymbals and the most recent series of videos for Moshi Moshi’s Wesley Patrick Gonzales.

More akin to lush, orchestral pop, soundtracks and post-punk, the album My Idol Familyis a hugely ambitious, but gloriously accessible, slice of well crafted pop music. Record shop Sister Ray voted it one of their top 20 albums of the year 2017. The album was recorded in a reggae studio on the outskirts of Amsterdam, where Howl had spent time as a teenage runaway.

Howl’s approach to recording was inspired by an interview with Brian Eno, where he talks about a belief that you can get any good sounding recording out of any half decent equipment. Rather than being a technology snob, it’s more about the process, where it is recorded and the mindset that creates. As Howl explains; “Making a record is meant to be fun. You’re meant to be off in this secret place from the rest of the working world. I can’t see spending ten grand to sit in a plush London studio down the road from where you live with some guy who used to be in a famous 80s band twiddling the knobs and charging you out the arse. I watch a lot of Kitchen Nightmares and am I always in awe of Gordon Ramsay’s approach to running a restaurant.” At times rapturously melodic and others jarringly off-kilter, there’s a real variety of sounds on My Idol Family. He draws on eclectic influences to embrace a wider scope, thus creating something that sounds refreshingly unique and remarkably modern.

Buy My Idol Family


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