Howling Bells

Formed 2004.
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Howling Bells - Interview with Marc Riley

Marc Riley was joined by Howling Bells - hear their full interview and clips of their session tracks.

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Biography

Howling Bells are an indie rock band that formed in Sydney in 2004. The band obtained moderate popularity in the United Kingdom following the release of its 2006 self-titled debut album. The lineup consists of Juanita Stein (vocals, rhythm guitar), Glenn Moule (drums), Juanita's brother Joel Stein (lead guitar), and Gary Daines (bass guitar).

Originally called Waikiki, the band changed its name and musical style preceding its move from Australia to England. Howling Bells' debut album, Howling Bells, was produced by Ken Nelson. The album charted in the TopĀ 100 in the UK and just outside the TopĀ 50 in Australia, and it was included on Album of the Year lists for a number of publications. The band's next release, Radio Wars (2009), received mixed reviews, although it charted higher than its predecessor in both the UK and Australia. The band supported Coldplay on the third leg of the North American Viva la Vida Tour. In 2009, Gigwise named Juanita Stein "the sexiest woman in rock." Their third album, The Loudest Engine (2011), received largely favourable reviews but underperformed on the charts in comparison to the bands' two prior releases.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Loudest Engine

    The Loudest Engine 2011

    Reviewed by Chris Lo
    The Australians have compromised their strengths to force themselves into a new style.
  2. Review of Radio Wars

    Radio Wars 2009

    Reviewed by Keira Burgess
    The second chance may well have been squandered.
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