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Howling Bells to release single 'Cities Burning Down'

Howling Bells to release single 'Cities Burning Down'

On 7" Vinyl throuh Independiente on 23rd Feb

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In case you didn’t realise it, Howling Bells are back with a vengeance in 2009. After a two year absence following the release of their elegantly haunting debut album, spent recording and touring with the likes of the Killers and Mercury Rev, the quartet of Juanita Stein, Joel Stein, Brendan Picchio and Glenn Moule are ready to unleash their singular charms on the world all over again.

You would, in all probability, have heard the first, scintillating taster of what’s to come with “Into the Chaos”, which NME named their Track of the Week and which went on to burn up the airwaves as well with its intoxicating mixture of smouldering vocals and dizzying strings. But it is with “Cities Burning Down”, their first full single release from their forthcoming, lushly Technicolor second album “Radio Wars”, that the Bells really show what they have in store for us.

Indeed, “Cities Burning Down” reveals itself as a smouldering, glittering anthem in waiting, the kind which raises the hairs on the backs of necks even while lodging itself firmly in the brain. Which is not to say that Howling Bells have lost any of their renowned flair for drama; far from it. The song has a haunted, cinematic quality, egged on by lead singer Juanita Stein, who uses that remarkable voice of hers to alternately seduce and taunt the spellbound listener. Yes, it is a bright, shiny future ahead for the Howling Bells indeed, and they plan to make the journey as exciting and unpredictable as possible.

Howling Bells sophomore long player 'Radio Wars' is released through Independiente on 2 March.

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