Howl Griff release new album 'Fragile Diamond' with MPFREE Fortnight

By Jay Gory,    2012-10-19 01:02:11    

“It may seem that she’s steady as a rock, but her heart is a fragile diamond.”
“It may seem that she’s steady as a rock, but her heart is a fragile diamond.”

Anglo-Welsh-American psychedelic rockers Howl Griff celebrate the Monday, 15th October release of their album Fragile Diamond with an MPfree Fortnight.

Starting on that Monday, the band will allow one track per day to be downloaded free of charge – for 10 minutes only. The time of free availability will be announced simultaneously on their Twitter feed and Facebook page.

The MPfree Fortnight will showcase the band's dynamic versatility, as noticed by the overwhelmingly positive reviews for the Fragile Diamond album, which has been made BBC Radio Cymru C2's ‘Album of the Week’ (following BBC Radio Wales making the first single, also called ‘Fragile Diamond’, ‘Single of the Week’.

Rating the album 8.5 out of 10, The Line Of Best Fit said "HG sprinkle cuteness where it fits into the compositions but leave them alone when it doesn’t... effortlessly marrying indie rock and endearing songwriting. In other words, you can be adorable without descending into hipster irony." Louder Than War said "Trust me on this, you should hear this band. It’s an album you should have – your life will be a tiny bit shinier for hearing it" while Stuff magazine called it "The perfect antidote to autumn's inexorable onset, warm, fuzzy and saturated with summery charm."

Dozens more press reviews at

Fragile Diamond follows Howl Griff's critically-acclaimed eponymous Welsh-language debut (which Clash magazine called the work of a “Welsh Brian Wilson”) and English-language LP The Hum – which yielded much coverage on BBC 6Music including an MPFree of the Day, a BBC Radio Wales Single of the Week and being hailed as “bloody lush” by Lauren Laverne.

Howl Griff – Fragile Diamond on Soundcloud:

Lead single ‘Fragile Diamond’ sees the band swinging melodically through a song that examines the fragility of life against a backdrop drenched in lush three-part harmonies. Elsewhere, there’s the epic ‘Meet My Maker’ (based on singer Griff’s experiences of going blind while driving down the fast lane of the M4), the blistering riff-based 70s rock of ‘She Walks On By The Flame’, thumping disco beats of ‘Sharkfins In The Sky’ (with more real-life lyrics, this time about a murder at an ice rink underneath the band’s studio) and "maritime cowboy" anthem ‘Rose of Emily’ (must be the influence of the Texan bass player). More track info and lyrics can be found at

Recorded at The Fold in South-East London, Fragile Diamond was produced by Howl Griff and engineered/ mixed by Ollie Couling & Gareth Cobb. It is available on Howl Griff’s Bandcamp site and most digital outlets including iTunes.

Howl Griff are:

* Hywel Griffiths, lead vocals and guitar
* Gary Parkinson, guitar and backing vocals
* Steve Kennedy, bass and backing vocals
* Nick Moore, drums and percussion

Catch them live:

* Sat 27 Oct, Wrexham Lager Club, Wrexham
* Sun 28 Oct, Odd Bar, Manchester

More dates (including London) to follow...

Howl Griff – Fragile Diamond (album)

Release date: 15 October, 2012

Label: Dockrad Records

Catalogue No. Dockrad CD028

Distribution: Online – iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp etc

Press/photos: Ffion Davies at AltPR 07889 355 051

TV / Radio Promotion: Ron McCreight 07775 663 537

Record label: Dai Lloyd at Dockrad 07950 938 227


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