Howard Lawrence is a native Washingtonian who currently resides midway between the DC and Baltimore burbs (he's a Skins, Caps, Nats and Wizards [prefers Bullets though] fan). He maintains a music studio 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 being fought in his head.
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.
Black River Sanction is not your average band. It is the original artistic creation of Howard Lawrence, 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 with those of experimental contemporary acts, Black River Sanction produces music that is quite novel and simply doesn't fit neatly into any existing genre. The band relies heavily on mood and textures to create a jazzy, rocking sound that propels its 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 band's ambitious alt-rock theatre trilogy—they remain busy at work on their 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 BRS's distinctive vocals will be added before they move 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.