Juanita Stein has been on tour with The Killers twice and is set to join Bryan Ferry before a summer stop at Eridge Park…
Howling Bells front-woman turned solo artist Juanita Stein is racking up fans after being plucked as a second-time tour opener for The Killers, who have just finished a sell-out European tour – and originally played with her in November. Next, she hits SXSW in Texas before getting back on the road with Bryan Ferry in April.
Juanita has earned her acclaim as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of indie-rock troupe Howling Bells for more than a decade and plays alongside one of her twin brothers Joel.
Last month saw the release of her EP ‘America Acoustic’, which was recorded at home in Brighton in between her hectic touring schedule, is made up of acoustic versions of tracks from her acclaimed debut solo album, released by Nude Records last summer. The acoustic record also features an additional track – Stein’s cover of ‘A Thing Called Love’ by Johnny cash – a song we are hoping to hear at Eridge Park!
‘America’ features a distinct country twang with dark atmospherics that relies on a brooding Americana sound not too dissimilar from Howling Bells records, particularly true of their eponymous debut. Fronted by Juanita, the band originally formed in Sydney and consists of Glenn Moule (drums), Juanita’s brother Joel Stein (lead guitar), and Gary Daines (bass guitar). It’s been a memorable musical career to date for the four piece, who have toured the globe, released albums charted in the UK’s Top 100, and supported Coldplay in North America.
Back to Juanita’s solo material, what is clear on the ‘America’ record is her fascination with the American dream and old-time country influences – In an interview talking with Clash Magazine, Stein, who was previously labelled ‘the sexiest woman in rock’ by Gigwise, lists American greats like Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Phil Spector as artists that have “made a significant imprint” on her heart.
The Australian-born songstress plugs into a captivating, moody, mystical vibe with a “voice that grabs you” (Clash Magazine). Black Deer will see Juanita play on 22 June and we can’t wait to sing along with her.