The Native Howl is a four-piece band. Their music is "Thrash Grass," a blend of rock, bluegrass and experimental genres that give it a uniquely rustic and surprisingly heavy sound while their lyrics embody a folk-like, storytelling style.


Alex Holycross (Guitar, Bouzouki, Vocals) had been briefly producing Jake Sawicki's (Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica) solo project at C.A.D. Studios until they decided to join forces as The Native Howl in 2013. "The Revolution's Dead" was recorded and released, and the duo started performing live and incubating the music that would soon form their 2015 release "Inukshuk".


Soon after, long-time friend and C.A.D. Studios ally David Robinson joined on bass guitar, followed by Clean as Dirt drummer Josh Lemieux. The quartet performed in cities all over the Midwest.


In September 2015, upon David Robinson's friendly departure from the group, Mark Chandler (formerly a metal and classical guitarist) was asked to step in on bass guitar. Chandler had studied classical music at Oakland University with Holycross, and had been playing shows in his band Ancient Chaos with Clean as Dirt (Holycross and Lemieux).


In March of 2016, "Thrash Grass" was released, redefining the band's live image and musical intensity. The Howl continued to hone their performance abilities and compositional aptitude.


In October of 2017, the band embarked on their first U.S. tour. The Spring of 2018 saw a long West Coast tour, followed by two additional U.S. tours in the Summer of 2018 that covered most of the mainland U.S..  The much anticipated third full length album, “Out of the Garden and Into the Darkness” released on July 27th 2018.  It debuted at number three on the Bluegrass Billboard Chart and number 50 on the New Artist Album Billboard Chart.

Award and Accomplishments

  • Top 10 on Bluegrass Billboard Chart for 8 weeks in 2017

  • Thrash Grass Reached #4 on Bluegrass Billboard Chart 2017

  • Out of the Garden and Into the Darkness Reached #3 on Bluegrass Billboard Chart 2018

  • Out of the Garden and Into the Darkness Reached #50 on the New Artist Albums Billboard Chart 2018

  • Nominee in both best Rock group and best Rock album for 2017 Detroit Music Awards

  • Blue Water Music Awards Album of the Year 2017

  • Blue Water Music Awards Best Import 2017

  • 860K views on YouTube Music Video for Thunderhead

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Band Members

Alex Holycross
Pianist, Strings, Vocalist

Jacob Sawicki
Harmonicist, Strings, Vocalist

Josh Lemieux
Drummer, Vocalist


Mark Chandler
Bassist, Vocalist


Official Website

Record Label

Clean as Dirt Records



The Revolution's Dead EP - 2013

Inukshuk - 2015

Leavin' My Home Single - 2015

Thrash Grass - 2016

Out of the Garden and Into the Darkness - 2018

Social Media

  • Facebook - 137K Followers

  • Youtube - 13.7K Subscribers

  • Spotify - 16.4K Followers, 25K Monthly Listeners

  • Instagram - 8.4K Followers

2019 Tours

2018 Tours

2017 Tours

Live Performances Videos

The Native Howl - Thunderhead (Official Music Video)




Set List

  • 30 min Set

    • Into the Darkness

    • Somethin' Else

    • Follow Me

    • Pappy

    • Hurricane

    • Thunderhead

  • Headlining Set

    • Mercy

    • Into the Darkness

    • Somethin' Else

    • Leavin' My Home

    • Vermin

    • The Ballad of John James 

    • Withikaw

    • Reivaeh 

    • Follow Me

    • Pappy

    • Hurricane

    • Thunderhead


©2018 The Native Howl. Clean as Dirt Records