Howling Bells will play the 'White Heat' night at Madame Jojo's Burlesque Club, 8-10 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F OSE, on August 19th, which, apparently, is a "special show for a special announcement...."
Unfortunately we can only give you a sneaky peek of Howling Bells next single ‘Original Sin’. That’s because it’s such a perfect balance of sleaze and elegance if the Aussie four piece were to upload the entire track the internet would break*. We’ll just have to wait till the technology giants give us a processor with the ability to cope with such perfectly bluesy shoegaze. If however you’re not in the mood for a wait and a trip to the computer shop, the album ‘Hearstrings’ is out RIGHT THIS MINUTE. You could also just sit tight until the sixth of October cause that’s like totally the single’s release date but that’s a long haul and the album’s totes worth it.
Text: Howling Bells glide on-stage at 9.45pm. Juanita Stein effortlessly sways to ‘Paris’ from their newest album ‘Heartstrings’. Her persona is mesmerising and the whole crowd are fixated on her and the way she moved to the music. I found the album ‘Heartstrings’ to a bit more raw with influences of garage rock than their previous albums, during the gig they blended in so well with their previous songs.
Juanita obsessively tuned her guitar after every song, explaining to the crowd that she is convinced there is a ghost detuning her guitar. Her stories about haunted pubs and their first time at V Festival captivated the crowd. There is no doubt that Madame Jojo’s is a perfect location for Howling Bells. Their music videos and underlying topics are always based on country and western themes, which is so similar to the venues aesthetics.
Whilst Howling Bells’ performance overall was terrific, I felt the new songs didn’t have the same dynamic touch as their prior material. Furthermore, Juanita couldn’t remember the name of the supporting band and asked the audience to remind her which tarnished my image of her somewhat.
Howling Bells played their hits: ‘Setting Sun’, ‘Cities Burning Down’ and ‘Low Happening’. The crowd knew every word and they weren’t afraid to show it. The thrilling solo in ‘Setting Sun’ gave me goosebumps and a new appreciation for the song. I left the venue feeling exhilarated that I had just seen one of my favourite bands ever.