WHY BONNIE – ” 90 In November “

Posted: August 25, 2022 in MUSIC

Why Bonnie takes you on a nostalgic road trip through the Lone Star State on their debut album, “90 in November”. The New York-by-way-of-Texas band, fronted by Blair Howerton, melds the intimacy of Townes Van Zandt’s lyricism with a full-band sound that blossoms into raw retrospectives. The majority of the album was written in Brooklyn, where bandleader Howerton moved in August 2019 from Austin. However, when it came time to record, the band decided to return to their roots and head to the small town of Silsbee, Texas (population: 6,634), to work with Tommy Read (Lomelda, alexalone). They spent days wandering around with cows and nights stargazing while they perfected their self-described “shoegazeicana.”

An album that explores their past sans rose-tinted glasses, “90 in November” soft strings and subtle twang embody the bittersweet blur of memory. Despite the occasional glance in the rear view mirror, Why Bonnie makes it clear that their eyes are on the future, even if that means leaving a little bit of their heart in the past. 

“There are shades of the lilac-gilded grace of Waxahatchee’s Saint Cloud in the sweetly understated roots of quieter tracks like “Silsbee” and “Superhero,” while the guitar fits of “Sharp Turn” and “Lot’s Wife” conjure the more turbulent stretches of Wednesday’s Twin Plagues, an album that similarly picks at childhood memories through the weary lens of adulthood.” – Pitchfork

“The record mixes Texas’ outlaw country heritage with classic ’90s alt rock for a hazy, ragged and often beautiful sound featuring Blair Howerton’s melodic songwriting and smoky vocals.” – Brooklyn Vegan

New single out now from Why Bonnie’s debut album “90 in November” – out 19th August on Keeled Scales!

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