Thanks for posting these Houdini It really was wonderful to attend a Howling Bells gig and the first in a couple of years. The atmosphere was marvelous in The Lexington. The support from Glassmaps, Tusks and Rozi Plain was captivating throughout. Ari Stein came onto stage to introduce the band not before mentioning that we raised over £2k for Syria and doing a prize draw for a signed guitar used by Temper Trap... it was just a lovely evening to be a part of from start to finish. I was at first a little surprised, or even shocked, to find Leon Dee in Joel's shoes, whilst it shows he's less part of the woodwork, I believe he's proven more than himself capable of taking the baton forward and I'm interested to see what new he brings to the band. I watch a lot of bands these days, I'm averaging two nights per week over the last month, and I can't deny that Howling Bells stand out from the fray as much as they ever did.. There's a new song too, which I really enjoyed: youtu.be/R_K5_A_QG-s I was at the front but didnt grab a setlist, or the guitar pick that was right in front of me. I guess those sorts of things seem trivial these days, but I guess it would be good if anyone knows the setlist? Certainly I felt like there was an emphasis of coverage of the first album, including The Bell Hit, Velvet Girl, Broken Bones, Blessed Night, Setting Sun, The Night is Young and Low Happening. Cities Burning, Paris, Original Sin, Slowburn and the new song were also featured. Really it was a strong and upbeat show. On another note, Juanita is playing her first solo gig on Monday. I can't be there but I'm sure it will be fantastic and would urge that anybody who can go along should go along, she's an exceptionally talented musician.
The last twice they've played (the previous time was over two years ago), a guy called Leon Dee was on guitar. I don't know if this is a permanent move (can anything be permanent when they play so rarely?), but Joel was there in his guise as Glassmaps.