“Corey Howe, a uniquely talented and genuine soul, is a welcome relief from an industry heavy with the flat, unfeeling and prepackaged. He began playing guitar on an old Japanese Hummingbird, and literally singing for his supper while traveling in New Zealand. His reaction to his own living experiences in his society, with his family, and within his relationships inspire the majority of his songwriting. Drawing from musical influences as diverse as Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Jeff Tweedy and My Morning Jacket, Corey’s sound reflects the depth in simplicity heard in traditional American folk and country music as well as the energy and sincerity of real rock’n'roll. He has been fortunate to be able to collaborate with artists from all over the country, and the diversity of his still in progress recordings, match the intensity of his writing and performance.
“While looking for something to do tonight, I stumbled upon the MySpace for local act Derek Comley. Intrigued by the band's self-description as "new wave, neo-soul, post-punk," I listened to the available songs and found myself wanting more. Seems Comley is one interesting guy. He mixes Tom Waits and John Lydon without coming off as arty or uptight. Songs like "Have-Not," "Reckless Dreamers" and "Ballad of California" are solid rock songs that feature elements of swing jazz played at the volume of old-school punk. Comley and crew have been playing around town since 2006, which makes me feel sad for missing out on them for so long. I plan on making some amends by purchasing the band's 2009 eponymous debut and by catching Comley and his band this evening at the Absinthe Lounge in the South Side building on South Lamar. I suggest you join me. ””
““When you are hanging out with Derek Comley you instantly feel like you are in the presence of a - James Dean kind of cool. With the swagger of a young Bob Dylan, rockabilly style, and the use of a bold blend of genres such as rock, reggae, punk and ska - Derek Comley is easily one of the most intriguing musicians in the Dallas indie rock scene. In today's music industry new artists struggle to find their niche in a market saturated with overly produced, bubble gum pop - TV sensations. Derek is none of that; in fact he the refreshing antithesis of such fabrication. ””
Deep Ellum on Air
“We experienced Ha-Foo. This is some honest musical talent with a unique angle of observing and commenting about the ordinary things. Daniel Estrada is 3/4 freaky genius on guitar and 1/4 character actor as he performs on stage. He talks and sings right to the crowd almost to each individual and invites them to join him in his conversation about life. New member of the band Roberto Cruz was a class act with every lick he gave to answer the comments of Estrada. It rang of Santana and Django Rienhardt and I wanted to hear and see more as the show went on. It was great how much fun these three had like they were kids at home when mommy and daddy are out of town. Paul Downs on the drums has the cleanest Jazz taps sewn together with heavy and perfectly timed multiple strikes of his bass/kick drum that are impossible without three legs and feet. I met him, he only has two.
Oh Walt was my favorite but there was so much going on that I felt like a got two shows worth.”
UNT Band Review