Formed in Downtown Manhattan in 2012, The Howlin' Souls have emerged onto the music scene with a fresh yet classic sound that has been welcomed by critics & fans alike.
Singer/Songwriter Pete Smith has infused his Indiana roots into his songs with raspy and honest vocals and lyrics reminiscent of Petty and Dylan. Pete’s guitar playing is supported by lead guitarist and New York native Scott Sepe, who lends his nostalgic riffs to the Souls’ sound, pulling from the blues standards he mastered as a teenager. The rhythm section is comprised of New England natives Nate Lang (drums) and Robbie Sokolowsky (bass). Their shared love of Classic Blues, Motown, and R&B offer a humble yet infectious back-beat groove.
The Howlin’ Souls’ collective influence includes British Rock greats The Rolling Stones, as well as the blues legends that inspired them - Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and the iconic Howlin’ Wolf (whom they honor in their name).
Long time engineer with time at CBGBs, Record Plant NYC, Sigma NYC and others, as well as touring with Miles Davis, the Stones, Prince and other icons of music, Fritz Lang co-produced the record with songwriter Pete Smith.
Smith and Sokolowsky self-produce the band’s music videos while Lang has been taking roles in front of the camera, most recently as drummer Carl Tanner in the Oscar nominated film Whiplash. The band has released 2 videos, “Black Heart” and “Anyway You Take It,” and will soon release a new video for the song "Free & Young."