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Scarring Party Talk New Album, Premiere New Song – A.V. Club

Recorded at the venerable Howl Street Recordings in Bay View, the album buffs the group’s signature sound to a high shine while still retaining an off-kilter, kitchen-sink inventiveness. “The record has its share of ‘Muppet-y’ choruses and pop arrangements, but we also experimented with more acoustic dissonance,” Bullock says. “Bowing cymbals or layering incompatible chords invokes tension in these arrangements, which sets the tone for our predominantly narrative songwriting.”
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Juniper Tar’s Howl Street Retreat – ExpressMilwaukee.com

The group booked time with producer Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings, a little hub in a not particularly scenic part of Bay View that’s walking distance from a gas station and one of the city’s better Mexican restaurants. Though Howl Street didn’t offer much in the way of majestic old-growth surroundings, it afforded far better recording amenities than most cabins ever could.

“It’s just this great-sounding room,” Mohr says. “Plus it had this upright piano we could use, which was a huge plus.”

The group was so inspired by the studio that they christened their final product after it: The Howl Street EP.”
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Howl Street Sessions – ExpressMilwaukee.com

Howl Street has filled a glaring gap in the Milwaukee scene. The city has long bred a wealth of talented punk and hardcore bands, yet few had the resources to record professional albums. Most cruised by on the strength of their live shows alone, at best leaving behind for posterity a muddled, demo-like album or two. Howl Street now provides a forum for these bands. In less than two years, it’s become Milwaukee’s answer to Inner Ear Studios, the D.C. institution that has recorded Minor Threat, Fugazi, Jawbox, Shudder to Think and just about every other D.C. punk band of note. And with Bay View increasingly emerging as the heart of Milwaukee’s music scene, the studio is well located.
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Get Rad Celebrates Five Years of Growth – Shepherd Express

These tracks hit so hard in part because of the production of Shane Hochstetler. Recorded at his Howl Street studio, I Can Always Live provides yet another example of why Hochstetler has become such an indemand producer. Hochstetler and his studio have grown up with Get Rad, and there is a tight connection between producer and band.
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Chris DeMay and His Ephemeral Backing Band – ExpressMilwaukee.com

Before their sessions together, the two got to know each other over dinner and, like so many of DeMay’s collaborators, they bonded over a shared love of Neil Young.

“We talked about some of our favorite recordings,” Hochstetler recalls, “and we found that we both really like the same qualities in recordings. My favorite way of recording is capturing a band live, staying as true to the actual band as possible. Sometimes a singer-songwriter will come into the studio and want to lay down the bass, drums and guitars separate, doing a lot of layering, but I still think there’s no substitute for a real band tracking everything all at once.”
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Father Phoenix Continues Musical Evolution with Recently Released Album – JSOnline.com

The musicians aren’t just lugging around gear: They’re mixing and mastering a full-length album recorded at Milwaukee’s Howl Street Recordings studio with Shane Hochstetler of Call Me Lightning.
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Disguised as Birds’ Dueling Rock – ExpressMilwaukee.com

Both Seeds and New Demons-which should be out in the next coming months- were produced by Call Me Lightning drummer Shane Hochstetler at his Bay View studio, Howl Street Recordings. In February, Hochstetler even filled in at drums for Kevin DeMars when he was unavailable for the show.
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None of Them Knew They Were Robots – ExpressMilwaukee.com

However, practice sessions usually come together in round-robin fashion, he says, and the band has even managed to record a new album, which is due out any day now, with Call Me Lightning’s Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings in Bay View.
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Return of the Speedfreaks – ExpressMilwaukee.com

“Everything was baby steps,” DuChaine says. “We just kept setting little goals without even anticipating them.”

Eventually, these steps led them to record with Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings. The band found that making a record was a completely different experience. “It was about 20 years ago that we made what would be like an album, but there was no way you could get vinyl back then,” DuChaine says. “Tape trading was the way to go. They were always readily available and you could send them easily. Everything was very grassroots.”
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Northless: A Band Metalheads and Punks Can Agree On – ExpressMilwaukee.com

At the beginning of April, Northless will be recording for a new LP, to be released on local independent label Halo of Flies, at Shane Hochstetler’s Howl Street Recordings in Bay View. Stenglein explains that the band is experimenting with faster tempos, and attempting to up the ante a bit in terms of the impact produced by the group’s already bruising sound.
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We Are Your Father w/ Disguised as Birds and Bryan Cherry – ExpressMilwaukee.com

The restless Milwaukee rock trio We Are Your Father subverts traditional blues structures with wild slashes of wiry, distorted guitars, drawing from the grind of metal, the showy guitar heroics of math rock and the nimble groove of funk music. For a trio, they have remarkable range, seldom exploring the same sound twice on their self-titled EP, which they recorded with Call Me Lightning’s Shane Hochstetler last year at his Howl Street Recordings studio.
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John The Savage blows itself up – AVClub.com

AVClub: You’re making the next album with Shane Hochstetler from Howl Street Recordings, who’s worked with lots of local bands. What brought you to Shane?

MS: Everything that I’ve heard that he’s ever done sounds really good. We had a bunch of different people on our minds to go to this time, but there’s something about what he’s done with Milwaukee musicians that I like. I want to see what he can do with us. He’s pretty excited to fall into this whole project. It’s gonna be a lot of track-per-track stuff, which will get better sounds for all the instruments. It’s gonna be just a crazy-interesting process, adding a bit more percussion.
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Zebras – AVClub.com

Recorded by Shane Hochstetler of Milwaukee band Call Me Lightning, it just might be the sharpest, fullest-sounding introduction yet to Zebras’ music: a frantic-yet-catchy collision of shrill, shrieked vocals, chromatic guitar and synth squiggles, and tightly syncopated drums to hold it all together.
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