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‘The Ultimate Underdog F-ck-Up’: Rediscovering the Dark Beauty of Rowland S. Howard

‘The Ultimate Underdog F-ck-Up’: Rediscovering the Dark Beauty of Rowland S. Howard

There’s no perfect way to describe the gloriously gloomy music of Rowland S. Howard, the slender guitar slinger whose dusky disposition was deeply imprinted onto the music of his bands — the Birthday Party, Crime and the City Solution, and These Immortal Souls —and his own solo recordings.

“The color of Rowland Howard’s music is a deep-purple bruise,” says Lydia Lunch, who collaborated with Howard several times.

“His guitar playing was like the stab of a switchblade,” says Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, one of the many musicians he inspired.

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