Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Blast From the Past May Be the Future of Indie Rock

So there is this guy. Bart Howell. Recognize him?

No? How about now?

Aww, really? He's this guy.

Formerly known as these guys:

Middle: Bart Howell. Left: Ky Haub, Jay Bratland. Right: Ned Johnson, Mykl Sweeney

If you still don't know them, that's okay. I just got all of Iowa's attention. 

These are The Stumbletons of Fort Dodge, Iowa, best known for their chaotic lead singer, Bart Howell, getting banned from June Jam in Sioux City, and trashing other peoples' drum kits--admittedly, that was probably Bart too. 

"The police would come to almost every gig because we'd try to incite a riot or some shit. It was fun, hehe. One of our regular stops was The Brass Monkey. We broke a case of beer mugs New Years Eve, but he had never seen more people in his bar than nights we played."

It may be no surprise that you haven't heard of The Stumbletons. They never signed to a record label (though they almost did twice), and they were really only popular at local gigs. Their  most notable claim to fame is having opened for Whitesnake in 2004. You might want to get used to a few names, and the names of The Stumbleton's writing core.

No, The Stumbletons aren't getting back together. Most of the band is still in Fort Dodge--with the Midwestern Pop-Punk Rock genius loci now in Austin, Texas--so a come-back is out of the question. However, the names one should be watching for in October 2014 are Bart Howell, Ned Johnson, Tim Pingel, Jeff Vandermaten, and Steve Ryburn, with a pinch of Thomas Lowe for flavor. The band--Starcarpenter.

Prototype cover art, courtesy of Bart Howell. Subject to change.

"This is supposed to be a revolving door sort of project," says Howell, "with a lot of different people working on it."

Starcarpenters' writing core will consist of Ned Johnson and Bart Howell, representing a variety of songs not previously performed by The Stumbletons. Though the exact nature of Starcarpenter's music hasn't fully been agreed upon, Howell wants to be very clear that the project's sound won't be anything like his former work. 

Starcarpenter's recording session is set to begin in October of 2014. Until then, there is only to wait. But no matter how long we have to wait for a forthcoming LP from a lyrical genius, I have been assured by Howell that this has been an even longer time coming for him. Stick with The Squealing Nerd for exclusive news on this particular project. Between myself and Starcarpenter, we won't let you down.   


  1. I love Ashley McGee.

  2. Hey, thought I told you to wait in the truck.

  3. Im still waiting for the album. I ordered it through columbia house.