HOWLIN MAY QUEEN
howlin may queen is the rock band formed by simon hurts (guitar) and daniel ocean (vocal) in london, october 2017. following, andrew thorne (drums) and p.j. fonda (bass guitar/keyboards) join the group.
the band sets its roots in the classic rock tradition with a solid background of blues and folk, alternating heavy electric shows to intimate and atmospheric acoustic sessions.
“howlin’ may queen play blues rock psych with doings with Hendrix type guitar throttling and a kool keening vocal. the sound of stimulation and distressed leather. rocking.” das fluff
after performing at the main venues of the city and performing a live session at the iconic "abbey road studios", they have recorded a mini ep (feb-2019) that featured the singles "you better make me groove" and the acoustic song "long way of gold" aired on the radios of over 60 countries worldwide.
“you better make me groove” is a great track, a very promising debut whilst the accompanying track ‘long way of gold’ shows that there is more to the band than just ‘classic’ rock. there is enough potential to make me very interested to hear what comes next”. alan byrne – koast radio 106.6fm
the summer of 2019 consolidates their fanbase with a sold-out intense tour before they head back to the studio for a full ep “1969” released in the last quarter of the year containing four to five songs which are the quintessential of their sound and influences.
"like led zep, they’re versatile and can go from hard rock with “you better make me groove” to softer folk with “let it bleed". so far, their releases have been very promising and i can’t wait to hear more from them. definitely looking forward to a full album from this hard rock band." angie moon - crazyonclassicrock.com
2020 starts with the band offered the chance to perform at the "fresh blood competition" in order to perform at the "isle of wight" music festival just before the lockdown sets the world on standby. the group takes advantage of the situation focussing on the composition of new original songs, gathering enough material for the release of two full length albums.
“long way of gold” is a very emotional performance. a haunting, echo of vocals, mesmerizing flow of guitar; driving yet mellow guitar and simply awesome drums, it represents how the band can make a hard rock song yet produce an equally stellar more mellow sound. it is a very beautiful song with lovely lyrics to top it off. - miss k reviews
2021 kicks off with the recordings of "tapes from the white ballroom", the first full length album of the band, featuring nine original songs, set for release somewhere around september on all digital store and vinyl.
“they are tight and capable of turning up the energy or letting rip and reigning it back to quiet and calm restraint with such ease that it seems like they are improvising. this is a strong performance.
-loud enough magazine