Found the Into the Sky single available for download on Amazon.uk. Weird thing is it says it was released on July 18th. ?? Maybe they meant the physical copy would be available on September 5th. Sounds like a good song judging from the preview.
Does anyone know how to pre-order the new album, or get the single, in the U.S.?? The new album doesn't even show up on our amazon
Their website store has international options at the bottom right of checkout screen. Pre-ordered mine from their website, it feels more righteous. Wish they were doing something fancy like signing the first 50 copies etc... or a ltd edition (sighs looking at signed BludRedShoes & TJF stuff...)
Yes, it is on the US Amazon. I will probably pre-order off of the Howling Bells website tho, I think they get more money that way.
Bit off subject, but I was looking at the Bestsellers in Music list on Amazon, and The Pierces You & I, that Glenn played some drums on, has been in the Top 100 for 94 days and is currently #12 in the UK. Not doing quite as good in the US, it is currently #4,216. Glenn is prolly getting some nice big juicy royalty checks in the mail tho.
Australia’s foremost dreamers of dark dreams return with a new single, taken from their album The Loudest Engine. Which, by a huge dint of coincidence, is available as a free download from this very site! I love those coincidences. The single, as expected, showcases the more radio-friendly side of the band, less the shimmery electro-pop wooziness that stamps their sound. Over a driving bassline and muffled guitars, lead singer Juanita Stein comes in with her polite Siouxsie-Sioux-on-Prozac vocals, her light and airy style working well with the more impressive lift of the chorus. A little too much shimmeriness in the guitars makes the vocals hard to decipher, though I get the feeling the words aren’t as crucial. A mix of Cocteau Twins otherness with mainstream indie freshness is the order of the day. Stein’s elevation to sexy sexpot (in the eyes of Gigwise, at least) has no doubt helped push the band further mainstream. If that sounds cynical, then imagine SuBo in tights, headbands and see-thru shirts. Sick yet? This isn’t a showstopper of a song so we’ll have to wait before the Bells set the nation on fire with their dark, woozy, but essentially pretty and cutesy music.
The Killers? A band we love to hate, but in some strange twist of fate their bassist (and I bet you that this will be mentioned in every review) Mark Stoermer has produced Australia’s Howling Bells third album. To top it off ‘Into the Sky’ has received the video treatment and is a sort of preview of what’s to come.
I have this image of people hoping that it’s a disaster. I mean, Howling Bells have this dramatic aura which they clothe their songs with. It’s bound to be a failure.
But it isn’t.
In fact it’s damn good!
‘Into the Sky’ has all the elements that makes Howling Bells so good (that sense of drama) but it’s more melodic and anthemic. I especially love the way the song just bursts open after a minute and showers you with Juanita’s Stein’s voice. Sure there’s a solo that’s a teensy bit cheesy but I’ll definitely forgive them for it. If you thought that Howling Bells were a cult band, think no further. Their time has come.