Fantastic News and I have diarised the date to the max! I'm just so impressed with the teaser - the 70 seconds or so of clips sounding fantastic throughout; at first glance I'll admit I thought 'wow this is reminiscent of a "four piece 'In Time To Voices' era Blood Red Shoes"... in a good way of course, but of course time will tell and there will be so much more to come but affirmative for sure that they've upped their game for real! I know it's already linked above but I'm embedding it here also, due to the general brilliance of it:
Okay so I've listened to the single and read the interview now.
Interview: Nothing particularly new. What does the interviewer mean by Radio Wars being 'ish'? Really like the phrase 'emotional, moody barrel of songs'. The interviewer could have done a bit more research before banging on about how well Howling Bells have done to stay together for 10 years. We are mysteriously missing an original bassist after all!
Slow Burner: Like every new Howling Bells release I went into it REALLY wanting to like it. I'm not sure how I feel at the moment though (it could though well be, appropriately, a slow burner for me....) I like the sound and the feel of the song but am not convinced by the lyrics (I haven't really been since the first album). Strangely sounds a bit like Best Coast in parts. I do like it, I guess I just go into Howling Bells songs with very high expectations. If I was being hyper critical I'd say that overall quality wise its the kind of half decent, fairly straight forward song that would have been a b-side for the band 10 years ago (like 'The Wild' or 'Starry Eyes'.
Still feeling very optimistic about the new album, really liked the sound of the teaser. I'll probably completely change my mind about Slow Burner after a few more listens too!
This might sound strange but I'm really encouraged by the style of the promotional photos that we're seeing at the moment. While around Radio Wars it was all about a reaction to the first album and lots of colour and TLE was all about the psychedelic desert, this time it seems to be very simple black and white moody shots. Very reminiscent of the first album era.
'Blues Rockers'... The latest in 'genre-lisation'... Perhaps a slight hint as toward what is coming? /As easily as it could be a description of them in the now, Looking at their music from prior era's I kinda think it sounds better than 'Gothic something' or 'Folkish' - whilst I can perceive why perhaps those words have been applied by media in the past... I dunno, certainly I think the 'Moody rather than Dark' yet with people quite often bringing that dark subject up can be summed up quite nicely by 'Blues'. I think there has always been a bit of unnoticed 'country' influence, as well as the 'folk' more often alluded to, alongside the relatively obvious blues and rock. But hey, what about 'pop'? Really they write incredibly good 'pop' songs, if you see a show I think the less fan based gig-goers do find their music noticably easier to get 'into' than many a band's. I guess whilst I don't envisage them as being directly similar to bands like Blues Pills or Deap Vally, 'Blues Rock' is one of the better top line descriptons I've heard over the years.. In my honest opinion they totally do rock in every sense, so it's good to be hearing that at the beginning of the latest cycle of release & etc.. /muse
On subject of expectations, I think it's noteworthy that the Howling Bells Soundcloud page within the last few months posted up a certain selection of songs from the past, which also I note are along the lines of what has been listed on in the more recent sets..
I like the recent photos, and agree they are reminiscent of album one but showing more maturity and bite all the same. I really liked some of the imagery they were posting up occasionaly in the period leading up to the album, which could have been 'transitional' or perhaps 'indicative'? To my mind the relative simplicity, greyscale and slightly 'dark' or moreso 'bluesy' undertones work really well for sure.