If truth and melancholy were gold, Drifter’s Road by Jules & The Howl and WARD would be Fort Knox. It’s a song spawned by the pandemic but written for the ages. Drifter’s Road is sonically beautiful and simple, with light, clean acoustic guitar work, gorgeous harmonies, chill, understated production, and a slide guitar that sweeps you away into daydreams. The “less is more” rule pays off, until you pay attention to the lyrics.
I must say these words hit me personally, and, if you’ve ever felt pain and uncertainty, you too would feel they were written specially for you. They sum up the loneliness, the untold future, the artist (or lonely lover) questioning their choices in a profound yet simple way. They speak of internal struggles, expectations, dreams and what their true value means, unacknowledged by the mass of people around us. It’s a power-packing message for those that are familiar with feeling blue beautifully set in the velvet dreaminess of the music. In Drifter’s Road I can hear echoes of folk pop, sprinkled with a little Mazzy Star and pinch of vintage country. It’s like witnessing a falling star alone. This song is a jewel.
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Jules & The Howl brings classic rock and blues roots to the LA scene. With theatrical larger-than-life performances that embody the spirit of 60s-70s rock, Jules & the Howl inspire a communal atmosphere of cathartic liberation.
Ward quit his desk job in NYC, moved to LA and started a band. Since then, the group (Chris Gongora, Mauricio Munguia, Ryan Dietzenbach, and Ward) have grown a fanbase of tens of thousands online and played their high-energy post-punk live set throughout the Western US and Mexico.