Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Al Howard's Guilty pleasures

“If this is the best record I ever make,” says the Heavy Guilt’s Alfred Howard (far right), “I can die happy.”
“If this is the best record I ever make,” says the Heavy Guilt’s Alfred Howard (far right), “I can die happy.”

‘We decided to have this third record be self-titled, ’cause we feel like we really found our own sound,” says Alfred Howard of the Heavy Guilt, who will celebrate the release of their new full-length April 6 at the Irenic in North Park. “If this is the best record I ever make, I can die happy. We’re real proud of this one.”

Produced by longtime Howard collaborator Timin Murray, the CD includes guest turns from his bandmate in the Midnight Pine Shelbi Bennett, Andy Geib (the Styletones), Karl Denson (the Greyboy Allstars), and local jazz-sax player Ian Tordella. “The album cover was shot out in Campo and the antique car museum by Kassandra Lynne,” says Howard. “Our singer Erik Canzona does all the layout and graphic design.”

Currently working in four different bands, Howard says “The Heavy Guilt plays rock and roll. Our parents’ adolescence was sculpted by Dylan, Cohen, Zeppelin, and Floyd. Nirvana, Pixies, Pavement, and Spiritualized provided the soundtrack to our high school experiences. We listen to a lot of modern indie stuff like Radiohead, Wilco, Neutral Milk Hotel, the National, and a list that could take up volumes.

“We pass all those things through a filter of six unique personalities and get the Guilt.”

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?

  1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away. “The Bad Seeds make beautifully volatile bleak music.”
  2. Tame Impala, Lonerism. “Just great psychedelia. It’s a rough yet lovely album.”
  3. Atoms For Peace, Amok. “Thom Yorke’s vocals keep me thoroughly invested.”
  4. King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King. “‘21st Century Schizoid Man’ is as brutal and punishing as rock and roll gets, the band is insanely tight, the tone tears flesh, and the lead riff can give you nightmares.”

BEST ADVICE?

“Pee before you get into L.A.”

ANYTHING HEAVY THAT YOU FEEL GUILTY ABOUT?

“I was a crappy boyfriend to a really nice gal 13 years ago.”

TOP WEBSITE BOOKMARKS?

  1. “I go to Paste every morning to see what the cool people are doing. I log off when the realization hits that I am not one of the cool people.”
  2. “I’m on Facebook more hours than I care to admit. I like to say it’s because I use it as a tool to promote the band, but really I just want to see how many people like that picture of me wearing a lady’s cardigan with raccoon ears on my head.”
  3. “I always go to NPR, because last year I officially got old and I live for that action.”

COOLEST THING YOU EVER WON?

“I won a poetry slam in Flagstaff, Arizona. First prize was a piece of hardened shelf fungus with a turkey vulture painted on it and a Jewel poetry book. Yep, Jewel, the singer, has a poetry book.”

WHAT’S YOUR POISON?

“I’m a peppermint tea kinda guy. Sometimes when I’m feeling wild, say, on a Saturday night, I double bag that shit.”

FIRST BOOK YOU REMEMBER READING?

Watership Down. I think it’s about rabbits, and one of them is kind of a dick.”

BRUSH WITH FAME?

“I drove Davy Jones around once. He was funny. We drove by Dick’s Last Resort and he said ‘Why do they have a restaurant named after my wife?’”

MOST DANGEROUS GAME?

“When I was younger, I was kind of an alcoholic. I used to get blackout drunk and shenanigans would follow. One time, I attacked a guy from the Naval Academy, and now my two front teeth are mostly fake.”

WORST MOVIE?

“I don’t know why, but I hate Taken. If Taken was a guy, I’d punch him in the gut for living and I’d suggest that he see Taken.”

LAW YOU’D LIKE TO SEE CHANGED?

“I have nappy sideburns and an afro and a big ol’ turquoise necklace. I have eye-reddening allergies, and I look like a professional stoner. People often ask me for drugs, and I happen to not smoke pot anymore. So legalize marijuana, so these fools in O.B. can stop bothering me for the weed that I don’t have.”

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THE YOUNGER YOU?

“Don’t see Taken.”

STUFF YOU NEVER RUN OUT OF?

“In an ideal world, I would always have toothpaste and clean boxers.”

YOUR BUCKET LIST?

“I’d like to hit Billy Corgan in the head really hard with a tennis ball and run. I’d like to write a song that Thom Yorke enjoys. And I’d like to poop in a different country.”

BIGGEST LIE?

“A lot of times, we’ll play with other bands, and after their set I smile and say ‘Man, that was a great set.’”

WHO SHOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE?

“If it’s an action flick, I want them to unearth Wesley Snipes.”

SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

“I’ve seen every episode of Lost and Frisky Dingo three times.”

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Will Carlsbad's State Street go pedestrian-only?

Restaurants hope yes, retail hopes no
Next Article

Glass partitions and spirit bottles at El Agave

Restaurant dining is back, in a limited fashion
Comments
2

Outtakes: MAC OR PC? “Mac, ‘cause I have one and it has Garage Band.”

YOUR BEST DISH (AND WHAT’S YOUR SECRET)? “I make salmon cakes that’ll change your life, and my secret is exactly that.”

April 3, 2013

Love interviews with Al! Any idea who took the pretty picture up there?

April 3, 2013

Sign in to comment

Sign in

“If this is the best record I ever make,” says the Heavy Guilt’s Alfred Howard (far right), “I can die happy.”
“If this is the best record I ever make,” says the Heavy Guilt’s Alfred Howard (far right), “I can die happy.”

‘We decided to have this third record be self-titled, ’cause we feel like we really found our own sound,” says Alfred Howard of the Heavy Guilt, who will celebrate the release of their new full-length April 6 at the Irenic in North Park. “If this is the best record I ever make, I can die happy. We’re real proud of this one.”

Produced by longtime Howard collaborator Timin Murray, the CD includes guest turns from his bandmate in the Midnight Pine Shelbi Bennett, Andy Geib (the Styletones), Karl Denson (the Greyboy Allstars), and local jazz-sax player Ian Tordella. “The album cover was shot out in Campo and the antique car museum by Kassandra Lynne,” says Howard. “Our singer Erik Canzona does all the layout and graphic design.”

Currently working in four different bands, Howard says “The Heavy Guilt plays rock and roll. Our parents’ adolescence was sculpted by Dylan, Cohen, Zeppelin, and Floyd. Nirvana, Pixies, Pavement, and Spiritualized provided the soundtrack to our high school experiences. We listen to a lot of modern indie stuff like Radiohead, Wilco, Neutral Milk Hotel, the National, and a list that could take up volumes.

“We pass all those things through a filter of six unique personalities and get the Guilt.”

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?

  1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away. “The Bad Seeds make beautifully volatile bleak music.”
  2. Tame Impala, Lonerism. “Just great psychedelia. It’s a rough yet lovely album.”
  3. Atoms For Peace, Amok. “Thom Yorke’s vocals keep me thoroughly invested.”
  4. King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King. “‘21st Century Schizoid Man’ is as brutal and punishing as rock and roll gets, the band is insanely tight, the tone tears flesh, and the lead riff can give you nightmares.”

BEST ADVICE?

“Pee before you get into L.A.”

ANYTHING HEAVY THAT YOU FEEL GUILTY ABOUT?

“I was a crappy boyfriend to a really nice gal 13 years ago.”

TOP WEBSITE BOOKMARKS?

  1. “I go to Paste every morning to see what the cool people are doing. I log off when the realization hits that I am not one of the cool people.”
  2. “I’m on Facebook more hours than I care to admit. I like to say it’s because I use it as a tool to promote the band, but really I just want to see how many people like that picture of me wearing a lady’s cardigan with raccoon ears on my head.”
  3. “I always go to NPR, because last year I officially got old and I live for that action.”

COOLEST THING YOU EVER WON?

“I won a poetry slam in Flagstaff, Arizona. First prize was a piece of hardened shelf fungus with a turkey vulture painted on it and a Jewel poetry book. Yep, Jewel, the singer, has a poetry book.”

WHAT’S YOUR POISON?

“I’m a peppermint tea kinda guy. Sometimes when I’m feeling wild, say, on a Saturday night, I double bag that shit.”

FIRST BOOK YOU REMEMBER READING?

Watership Down. I think it’s about rabbits, and one of them is kind of a dick.”

BRUSH WITH FAME?

“I drove Davy Jones around once. He was funny. We drove by Dick’s Last Resort and he said ‘Why do they have a restaurant named after my wife?’”

MOST DANGEROUS GAME?

“When I was younger, I was kind of an alcoholic. I used to get blackout drunk and shenanigans would follow. One time, I attacked a guy from the Naval Academy, and now my two front teeth are mostly fake.”

WORST MOVIE?

“I don’t know why, but I hate Taken. If Taken was a guy, I’d punch him in the gut for living and I’d suggest that he see Taken.”

LAW YOU’D LIKE TO SEE CHANGED?

“I have nappy sideburns and an afro and a big ol’ turquoise necklace. I have eye-reddening allergies, and I look like a professional stoner. People often ask me for drugs, and I happen to not smoke pot anymore. So legalize marijuana, so these fools in O.B. can stop bothering me for the weed that I don’t have.”

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THE YOUNGER YOU?

“Don’t see Taken.”

STUFF YOU NEVER RUN OUT OF?

“In an ideal world, I would always have toothpaste and clean boxers.”

YOUR BUCKET LIST?

“I’d like to hit Billy Corgan in the head really hard with a tennis ball and run. I’d like to write a song that Thom Yorke enjoys. And I’d like to poop in a different country.”

BIGGEST LIE?

“A lot of times, we’ll play with other bands, and after their set I smile and say ‘Man, that was a great set.’”

WHO SHOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE?

“If it’s an action flick, I want them to unearth Wesley Snipes.”

SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

“I’ve seen every episode of Lost and Frisky Dingo three times.”

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

It's back – Lilac Hills near Valley Center

Not on the agenda, but...
Next Article

The quarantine games

“How Can We Make Settlers of Catan Into a Drinking Game?”
Comments
2

Outtakes: MAC OR PC? “Mac, ‘cause I have one and it has Garage Band.”

YOUR BEST DISH (AND WHAT’S YOUR SECRET)? “I make salmon cakes that’ll change your life, and my secret is exactly that.”

April 3, 2013

Love interviews with Al! Any idea who took the pretty picture up there?

April 3, 2013

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close