Early Genesis (the Peter Gabriel period), King Crimson and Camel were the sort of bands that focused on the music, the prowess of each instrumentalist. Later, he discovered Marillion, starting a life-long appreciation of the band (in both it's original and current formats) and with the acoustic work of lead singer Fish (particularly for his sheer determination, longevity and poetic vision). Other stand-out influences include Anthony Phillips (for sublime 12-String Guitar sounds), Eric Satie (for simplicity and the use of Major 7th Chords), Peter Gabriel (for versatility, vocal perfection and lyrical madness), Dvorzak (for his Cello Concerto in B Minor), Fairport Convention, Amplifier, Oceansize, Caravan, Van Der Graaf Generator, Dweezil Zappa and Steve Hackett. But being an active member of the Live music scene, Howard cites plenty of recent artists as influences too - including female-fronted, five-piece rock band Panic Room, headed by lead singer Anne-Marie Helder, arguably the best female rock vocalist out there at the moment. In 2012 Howard was invited to support Panic Room on their "S K I N tour" - with the release of their 3rd studio album; opening at the famed Borderline in London, Howard played a series of dates across the UK with them, sharing the support slot with upcoming rock band Morpheus Rising at the start and end dates of the tour.
This tour coincided with the release of Howard's new album "The Delicious Company of Freaks" - with eleven original tracks, including a hauntingly beautiful duet with Anne-Marie Helder, of Panic Room "These Dark Hills". 2014 sees Howard back in the studio to produce his next album "The Light Broke In" with his new band, HAS-Retuned, ready for release later in the year. Howard is also looking to book support slots across the UK, although his priority is finishing and recording new material for his coming album. http://www.howardalansinclair.co.uk Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..