Singer-guitarist Alex Holycross started out playing folk with banjoist-vocalist Jake Sawicki as both were finishing college. Holycross studied music at Oakland University, while Sawicki studied electrical engineering at Michigan State. The Native Howl congealed when Mark Chandler and Joshua LeMeiux, both professional musicians and songwriters, joined on bass and drums respectively.
The band members'; relative youth (they're all in their mid-20s) belies their disarming appreciation for the hard work it takes to make it in today’s music industry. (Holycross and Sawicki are business partners in Clean As Dirt records, which serves as their recording studio and their publishing label.) Still, it's the fury and the fun the band generates onstage that makes its performances memorable. - Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press