Purveyors of raw, scuzzy, female-fronted rock n’ roll

View a photo gallery from Howling Bells recent gig at the Electric Ballroom, London.

"Like The Duke Spirit, Howling Bells are long-time purveyors of raw, scuzzy, female-fronted rock n’ roll. Their star was brightest several years ago when their eponymous debut album, on Bella Union, broke the four-piece as a fuzzily melodic band with a knack for a hooky chorus; but their third LP, ‘The Loudest Engine’, was released this week to some decidedly mixed reviews.

Though the Electric Ballroom is only two-thirds full tonight, this audience seems to have a rabid enthusiasm and zeal for the band. The grimy vibes and sultry pace of opener ‘Charlatan’ (taken from the new record) eases the crowd into the performance. But when the discordant, slashing chords of ‘Blessed Night’ hit the air, an adrenalised energy fills the room and takes hold of the crowd as Juanita Stein sways back and forth around the mic like a snake charmer wielding a guitar, while the music – fiery and vicious – crashes all around her."

Read a full live review of Howling Bells live at Electric Ballroom HERE.

Photos by Stephen Fourie

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