Howard Lawrence is a native Washingtonian who currently resides midway between the DC and Baltimore burbs (he's a Skins, Caps and Nats fan). He maintains a music studio and home office in what has been affectionately called "The Batcave" by interested onlookers. Howard is extraordinarily married to a dream wife. While his love of music dates back decades, his ability to develop his own is a fairly recent development. His distinctive sound is due not only to a lack of formal music education and training but also to the raging war going on in his head without interruption.
Sometime during his college days, Howard picked up a calligraphy pen and began scribbling verse on yellow parchment paper. These poems were inspired not only by the artist's actual (and perceived) experiences but also by various substances identifiable by their characteristic colors and odors. Knowing full well that no one bothered to read poetry anymore, he was determined to have his words put to music. (One might call such poetry lyrics.) His inquiries failed to generate any enthusiasm for a collaborative music project that would rely heavily on space age technology and discredited conspiracy theories. And so began his quest to learn how to string together random sounds in some intelligible fashion. In some quarters, this forms the basis for actual music, although it's pretty clear that the approach is sadly not followed universally.
Howard Lawrence is a solo artist—songwriter, musician and conceptualist—who calls his unique brand of music Alternative Rock Theatre. By blending influences from classic rock, progressive rock, art rock and psychedelia (e.g., Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Doors, David Bowie) with those of experimental contemporary acts (e.g., Radiohead, Porcupine Tree), Howard creates music that is quite novel and simply doesn't fit neatly into any existing genre. He relies heavily on mood and textures to create a jazzy, rocking sound that propels his darkly humorous, edgy lyrics deep into the listener's consciousness. You won't get this stuff out of your head even under hypnosis.
Keep in mind that while you're feasting on The Enemy Inside and Running After Midnight—the first two installments of the artist's ambitious alt-rock theatre trilogy—he remains busy at work on his third full-length album, Shock Therapy. Reports from headquarters are positive regarding the new album: the music and lyrics are complete, and is another feast for the eyes and ears. When inspiration strikes Howard will add his distinctive vocals before moving on to the mixing and mastering phases.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Howard is also a successful computer software entrepreneur, recovered financial/tax advisor and a whiz in the kitchen.