The Confession, The Confusion & The Inevitable
Relying on mood, layered musical textures and darkly satirical, philosophical lyrics in bringing his unique vision to the world, Howard Lawrence is a true original. With two studio albums under his belt, this artist continues to break new ground with compelling narratives and imaginative music. Never one to shy away from complexity, Howard eschews superficial themes and storylines in favor of a more profound examination of the human psyche.
Howard's interest in modern psychiatry and the human condition dates back to his college days where he earned degrees in psychology and zoology, while doggedly pursuing out-of-body experiences on a regular basis. Fortunately, his reckless behavior predated the YouTube era, so he was able to avoid the worldwide embarrassment and ridicule he'd certainly be enjoying today if his late-night chemistry experiments had been captured on film.
Each of Howard's albums was performed by his band of misfits, Black River Sanction. Please visit the band on their ReverbNation band page.
Running After Midnight is the story of a young man who enlists in the military, leaving behind family, friends and the love of his life in a quest to find himself while courageously serving his country. During the course of several overseas tours our hero learns the indelible lessons of war as he begins to question his motivations and actions. Returning home burdened with guilt and psychological distress, he struggles with substance abuse and other intractable problems. While trying to mend the fractured relationships he maintains with his dysfunctional family he manages to rekindle the romance with the woman he once foolishly tried to leave behind.
As our hero's delicate psyche begins to heal he experiences a political and spiritual awakening. Tired of watching career politicians elevate hypocrisy to a cynical art form, he becomes a vocal advocate against policies that empower and enrich the minority at the expense of the majority. Still, all he's searching for is peace of mind. Well, that and a new pair of black Lucchese boots.
The Enemy Inside combines psychological themes of addiction, alienation, self-loathing, megalomania and madness with sociopolitical commentary to present a portrait of a successful, but lonely technology entrepreneur who also moonlights as a modern-day cybermenace. By the time this story begins our antihero has already endured a series of failed romantic relationships, the last of which compels him to find a disreputable outlet for his pent-up frustrations at work and on the personal front: computer hacking.
Through determination, skill and cunning he successfully breaches the security infrastructure of various governmental and commercial institutions. This puts him on the radar of prominent industry and government cybercops who eventually make lame offers in an attempt to turn him into a white knight. No dice. Ultimately, it takes the love of a special woman—smart, good looking and with a surfeit of patience—to get our antihero to soften up and embark on a new path towards fulfillment and enlightenment.