Incredible Night Creatures of The Midway is the latest album from The Howling, the collaborative project that Howlround and I started back in 2019, inspired by our deep love of Text, Tape and Trash. Available on CD or as a digital download, Incredible Night Creatures of The Midway is intense collision of spoken word and analogue tape effects splattered across five tracks that provide the missing link between John Cage and Suicide. It’s the all-singing, all dancing follow-up to our debut album All Hail Mega Force, hailed by The Wire as a ‘mesmeric disorientation’ when released by Tapeworm in 2022.
Incredible Night Creatures of the Midway celebrates some of The Howling’s favourite exploitation movies. ‘Contents Warning’ pays tribute to the quantities of sex, horror and violence to be found in the genre as a whole, while ‘David Gest, Liza Minelli, Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor’ is a Trash favourite from our live performances and is currently available as digital single. Each of the remaining three tracks is devoted to a specific movie dear to our hearts. ‘The Skydivers’ is a deadpan exposition of a spectacularly lacklustre 1960s soap opera set on a California airfield, backed by the throbbing of a customised street rod engine. ‘The Picture of A Picture of Dorian Gray’ is a pounding response to a 1970s Italian soft-core porn adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic novel. Finally, Howlround and I are joined by Beth Arzy of Jetstream Pony and composer/performer Ela Orleans for ‘Miss Frost Miss Leslie Miss Frost’, an exacting dismemberment of Miss Leslie’s Dolls, a creepy Florida-based slasher flick rumoured to have been produced with money smuggled out of Castro’s Cuba. We dare you to play it in the dark!
You can pre-order Incredible Night Creatures of the Midway direct from Tapeworm by clicking here. Copies will be shipped on September 29. Order it from Tapeworm, and you also get The Howling Wormzine as a downloadable PDF containing full versions of all the texts from the album.
‘David Gest, Lisa Minnelli, Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor’ is available right now as a digital single – find it simply by clicking here.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
The Howling will be doing a special performance based on material from the album at Iklectik Lab on September 19 as part of Vox Interruptus. For more details of the event and to book tickets, click here. Copies of Incredible Night Creatures of the Midway will be available for purchase on the night.
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Pictured above: Mind-bending artwork for the album, the digital single and The Howling Wormzine by the amazing Stefan Fahler.
Incredible Night Creatures of the Midway front cover
‘David Gest, Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson and Elizabeth’ digital single
Incredible Night Creatures of the Midway back cover