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JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound Voice Heartache on 'Howl' – Song Premiere

Soul band mourns unrequited love on title track from third LP

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
Clayton Hauck
March 28, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Chicago soul adventurers JC Brooks and the Uptown sound are set to make their Bloodshoot Records debut on May 21st with their third LP Howl. Now you can take a listen to the album's title track, which places hair-raising guitar chords and piano flourishes over a bubbling bass groove, while frontman Brooks sings of dissolved love in a voice that's as seductive as it is foreboding.

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound on Fighting Fan Apathy

"'Howl' is a song about young love and the infectious idealism it inspires being dashed, giving you your first glimpse of the real world," Brooks says. "After giving love without reservation and having it be callously discarded by a capricious recipient, it would take a stronger man than me to not be jaded. You find forgiveness and the wounded heart ultimately heals, but the scars are ever tender."

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