They're in Rolling Stone according to their Facebook. I'll be buying one tomorrow.
And Juanita looks stunning. But that's hardly news...
Hang on bro. Would hate to see you go out and buy the latest RS issue expecting to see the HB feature that unfortunately is not in there. You can download PDF's of the last two issues here, and not see it in either one. I believe that feature is in Rolling Stone Australia. If you read the caption inside the picture closely it says, "Juanita Stein is due back in Australia in December". That version of the magazine seems to be unavailable as a download anywhere, so it's certaintly not a 100% guarantee that it's in there, but most likely.
Thanku! Haven't checked here until today, but I did see one at the weekend and (ahem... not that I'm one to stand there and thumb through an entire issue of a magazine in a shop before I commit myself or owt like that) I did get the feeling it wasn't in there and didn't buy it. I guess that kinda confirms my suspicion.
Australia’s finest London-based indie-rock quartet, Howling Bells, have just finished work on their third LP, The Loudest Engine. Max Quinn caught up with the Bells’ notoriously concise (and gorgeous) singer/songwriter, Juanita Stein, during their promotional tour last month.
What’s it like being a London-based Australian band? One hears about so many Aussie bands who make the trip over and fall flat on their faces.
We fell flat a few times. It takes time for you to find your place. I’ve been living there for about seven years and it feels quite natural to be in London right now. There are a lot of bands that struggle with the environment and the cultural exchange, but I think that if you stick it out long enough you can ride it.
Do you think it was a calculated risk going over when you did?
Yeah, sure. It was a big risk. Everything in life is a risk but if you want to do something extraordinary you have to make some extraordinary changes in your life. At that point moving overseas felt like the right thing to do for the whole band.
I just got a chance to wrap my ears around the album. It’s great! Tell me about it.
It began on the road — we wrote a lot of songs in the US when we were touring with Coldplay. That tour took us to some very interesting and strange places, and a lot of the time was spent sitting at the back of the bus, writing.
Are you collaborative writers?
This album was a lot more collaborative than we’d written previously. Joel [Stein, lead guitar] and I wrote together, and Brendan [Picchio, bass] contributed a really beautiful song as well. But for the most part Joel and I split the writing credits.
It feels like quite a moody record to me. Do you agree?
Yeah, for sure. I like moody music the best.
It’s interesting that you’re billed in the press as a band with a dark intensity. Is that something you’ve ever aimed for?
No, it feels very, very natural to me. I kind of gravitate toward introspective and moody music and films and art, and things that tend to challenge convention.
How do you feel about being this so-called brooding songstress?
It feels good! It’s certainly not a bad thing. Moody is good, songstress is good, and everything in between is also good. So I’m comfortable with it as long as the focus is still on the songs.
I understand that you worked with [The Killers’ bassist] Mark Stoermer on this record as well. Tell me about his involvement.
Working with Mark as the producer was one of the best recording experiences we’ve had as a band. Being a musician, he completely understood where we wanted to go with the songs we’d written and he allowed us to do that.
It was also his first time as producer. What made him the right choice?
We wanted a musician — somebody sensitive to the process and who understood what it was like to work from the other side. We met him when we were on tour with The Killers and we had some great conversations about music and being a musician. When we found out that he was interested in being a producer it felt like we’d found our match.
It must have been surreal going on tour with huge bands like Coldplay and The Killers.
Yeah, it totally was. You tend not to take it for granted like people expect you might. It’s amazing — every single night you see these amazing productions and become so inspired by world-class acts. Surreal is definitely the right word.
Howling Bells perform at Newcastle Leagues Club on Friday December 9, and the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay on Wednesday December 14. The Loudest Engine is out now through Shock.