If Baz Luhrmann's $130,000,000 postcard failed to apprise you of the delights of Australia, Howling Bells are waiting in the wings to show you what the country can do: cultural style.
With a phenomenally well-received debut album in their wake, the antipodean quartet have announced its successor: Radio Wars. Album number two has been penciled in for release on February 9, 2009 via Independiente Records.
Front-woman Juanita Stein commented on the direction of the second album during a recent interview with Repeat.
"The first record was more me in my bedroom kind of wallowing over lost love and falling in love â€“ it was a very, very romantic and brooding process. But with this one, itâ€™s pretty much been a unanimous process, like every member of the band has added their flavour and Iâ€™d say that 2 or 3 of the standout tracks, were written by Joel alone â€“ everything, including the lyrics! And Iâ€™ve had the pleasure of singing them!
"Thereâ€™s one song in particular called 'How Long?' which is just heart-wrenching. Itâ€™s kind of like a â€˜50s ballad, but itâ€™s so beautiful."
TRACKLISTING: Howling Bells - 'Radio Wars'
The band are offering the track Into the Chaos as a free download to anyone signing up to the Howling Bells mailing list. For further details, see their website.