Omar and the Howlers
The Screamin’ Cat
Omar and the Howlers are a three-piece rock/Mississippi blues outfit with a gritty slide-guitar sound and a vocalist that sounds like a dirty old man who sucked down one too many cigarettes. With little to no emphasis on soloing instruments, Omar and the Howlers rest their songs’ success on the horribly stupid lyrics that come out of Omar’s mouth. Like lyrics with adult themes written by small children, Omar growls on about being a “Bad Ol’ Man” or the “Snake Oil Doctor” with obvious, overused rhymes and plainly unintelligent lines like “I’m the radio man / I’m the man with the plan.” To its credit, the music is decent and professionally produced, but the words that front them are so overly mundane and completely not thought provoking that it’s possible that the Howlers should consider finding a new voice – especially when Omar starts talking, usually to whom the song is addressing, and ends up rambling on to where it seems simply egocentric.
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