Howling Bells - 'Heartstrings'

Howling Bells - 'Heartstrings'

It's been eight years since Howling Bells' excellent self-titled debut album. On it, the Australian fourpiece fused Nick Cave's doomed Gothicism and the neo-noir of David Lynch's 'Lost Highway'. By the time second album 'Radio Wars' followed in...

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Album Review: Howling Bells – ‘The Loudest Engine’

Howling Bells – ‘The Loudest Engine’

It took Sydney natives Howling Bells three years to follow their 2006 debut, a record that blew dust from retro rock and fitted right into the times. Maybe it was easier before pop reintroduced itself as the new rock’n’roll, but anyone...

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Howling Bells

Howling Bells

Our favourite Aussie indie spooks are velvety enough as it is, but slip them into a cover of Britney’s lust-pop classic from their Shockwaves NME Awards Show at London’s Islington Academy and you’ve almost got more slink than your eyes and...

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Howling bells, Asobi Seksu, Red Light Company

Howling bells, Asobi Seksu, Red Light Company

It takes a brave bridesmaid to try and upstage über-fox Juanita Stein at her own NME Awards Show, but flaxen-locked frontman Richard Frenneaux of Red Light Company is just that kind of pushy Patricia. They might be first on, but RLC are verily...

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Howling Bells

Howling Bells

“Hallelujah! Let the brilliant Howling Bells save your Keane-trodden souls with their heavenly daebut LP!” That’s what we’d be shouting down Oxford Street through a megaphone if it wouldn’t result in an ASBO. If you haven’t welcomed...

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Shockwaves NME Awards Show: Howling Bells, London KOKO Sun Feb 25

Shockwaves NME Awards Show: Howling Bells,...

Sometimes it just all comes together perfectly. Support band Indigo Moss' gothic noir complements the headlining Aussies as well as KOKO's faded glamour. Juanita and co. are the true stars though, kicking out a muscular set of windswept classics....

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Howling Bells: Howling Bells

Howling Bells: Howling Bells

This is an album unlike most albums. Where much music now dwells in city centres in the midst of the Saturday night scrum (Hard-Fi, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs) or in an uptight 21st-century scratchy paranoid urbania (Bloc Party, The Rakes), the...

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Howling Bells: Blessed Night

Howling Bells: Blessed Night

Aussies Howling Bells may look like the ‘evil’ gang that The Long Blondes would have to battle in a bubblegum-gore version of Grease, but it’s not all menace and doom here. Above the chugging death-march BRMC rhythm, there is sensitivity....

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