Detroit post-unk outfit Ritual Howls have release a new visual for their classic song “Rosabelle Believe”, a track featured on their fantastic self-titled debut album which celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year.
To commemorate the occasion, longtime label Felte is reissuing the album, remixed, remastered, and with deluxe packaging and reimagined artwork. The band will also be marking this milestone in their career by embaring on a European tour that begins next week.
Here are some words from labelmate Jess Labrador of Chasms on the band’s history, and forthcoming reissue:
“The story of Ritual Howls begins in a southwest Detroit basement in the early winter of 2012. Singer/guitarist Paul Bancell had been writing and performing solo as well as in several bands and was looking for collaborators for a new project. Bassist Ben Saginaw seemed like a natural fit. Acquaintances from Ann Arbor, Michigan where the two grew up, Paul had been a fan of Ben’s visual art and had seen him playing around town in the psych-improv outfit Anonymous Touch. A year prior, Paul met Chris Samuels when he filled in on drums for a few rehearsals for the band Paul had been playing in called The Baptist Church. An electronic diamond in the rough, Chris had knowledge of synths and drum machines that Paul rarely found in the rock scene – knowledge that would later translate to his percussion duties in Ritual Howls. The three began jamming in Paul’s basement and Ritual Howls was formed.
After a month of writing and playing together, Ritual Howls played their first show at a brick box of a bar in Detroit called Donnovan’s. Just a few weeks later, the band made the 12-hour drive to play their second show at the celebrated (and since-dissolved) venue Death by Audio.
By the summer of 2012, the band had written what would become Ritual Howls. With the help of a friend (Jeff Navarre), they recorded their first full-length in Ben’s art studio using a laptop. Paul tracked vocals at home in his bedroom and, not wanting to relinquish control, mixed and mastered the album himself.
The band burned the album onto CD-Rs and packaged them in handsewn jackets. Paul had been spending time in Mexico City and managed to find a couple of shows for the band. With not yet a formal release to their name, the three jumped on a plane to Mexico City. Momentum was building. Upon returning to Detroit, Paul met Eric Love of Urinal Cake records, who would go on to formally release the self-titled album on vinyl in March 2013.
A formidable introduction to the band’s haunting, cinematic blend of twangy industrial rock, Ritual Howls established the band as a unique force in the landscape of dark music, both past and present. Tracks like “Cemetery Guards” and “Hell Fuck” offer glimpses into the band’s heavier explorations into noise and metal. But it’s the creeping, western jangle of “Keep Those Stones Up Boys” and catchy hooks of the danceable “Rosabelle Believe” that best capture Ritual Howls’ enduring sound and offer blueprints for what was yet to come. The band’s DNA had been written with Paul’s baritone vocals, macabre lyrics, and country-tinged guitar, Ben’s fuzzed-out bass riffs, and Chris’ industrial electronics – which would come to reference their hometown’s claim as the birthplace of techno music more and more through subsequent releases.
Separated by a decade, four LPs, two EPs later, this re-release features new mixes by Adam Stilson, mastering by Rafael Anton Irisarri and new artwork by Chris Samuels that fully realize the band’s DIY beginnings. Ritual Howls is an impressively cohesive first effort and testament to the band’s vision that, even in its infancy, forged a distinct sound that has only matured with perfection over time.”
Watch the new visual for “Rosabelle Believe” below:
All formats of the reissue of Rituals Howls self-titled debut 10-anniversary edition feature new mixes by Adam Stilson, mastering by Rafael Anton Irisarri, and a re-imagining of the original artwork by Chris Samuels. The vinyl and CD packaging includes a 12-page booklet of photos, lyrics, and images from 2012-2013 when the album was originally released and recorded. Vinyl colors include Cemetery Green and Amber Stone. The CD & digital version of the album includes bonus tracks taken from super limited tapes and vinyl runs.
The new edition comes out November 11, 2022.
Order it here
Ritual Howls European Tour Dates:
- 05.12 London, UK @ Studio 9294
- 05.13 Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
- 05.14 Manchester, UK @ Quarry
- 05.15 Glasgow, UK @ Audio
- 05.16 Bristol, UK @ The New Cross Inn
- 05.17 Ramsgate, UK @ Ramsgate Music Hall
- 05.18 Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
- 05.19 Nantes, FR @ La Scene Michelet
- 05.20 Lilles, FR @ La Bulle Café
- 05.21 Brussel, BE @ Motown
- 05.22 Munich, DE @ Milla Club
- 05.23 Prague, CZ @ Chelsea
- 05.24 Wrocław, PL @ Akademia
- 05.25 Gdansk, PL @ Drizzly Grizzly
- 05.26 Warsaw, PL @ Poglos
- 05.27 Krakow, PL @ Alchemia
- 05.28 Bratislava, SK @ Kulturak Klub
- 05.29 Budapest, HU @ Dürer Kert
- 05.30 Vienna, AU @ Chelsea
- 05.31 Linz, AU @ Kapu
- 06.01 Furth, DE @ Kunstkeller o27
- 06.02 Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
- 06.03 Dortmund, DE @ Junkyard
- 06.04 Hamburg, DE @ Goldener Salon
- 06.05 Leipzig, DE @ Wave Gothic Treffen Festival
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