Vocalist and rhythm guitarist with the acclaimed outfit Howling Bells, Juanita Stein, comes to Róisín Dubh on Thursday next, October 5.
Howling Bells rose from the ashes of Stein’s previous band Waikiki, who were based in Sydney. In 2004, three of the band’s members, including Stein’s younger brother Joel (lead guitar), decamped to London in search of a new musical adventure.
Juanita, Joel, their fellow former Waikiki member Glenn Moule on drums and UK bassist Gary Daines christened their new project Howling Bells and the quartet soon began to turn heads. In 2005, they were invited on a UK and European tour with arena-fillers Editors.
Howling Bells released their debut self-titled album the following year on the esteemed indie label Bella Union. Their second album Radio Wars arrived in 2009, with The Loudest Engine (2011) and 2014’s Heartstrings following. During those years, Howling Bells have also toured with Mercury Rev, Snow Patrol and The Killers.
This year, Juanita Stein released her solo debut. America is a well-crafted album, with Stein’s indie roots and yearning voice shining through. The record was written on tours of the US, when Stein was opening for Coldplay and The Killers, but her songs aren’t the stadium-sized anthems these bands write. Something more subtle is at play here, a sound that will be well suited to the Róisín Dubh.
The show is free, and doors are 9pm.