UK / IRELAND HEADLINE TOUR ANNOUNCED
“A fab, dreamy journey into the dark heart of country-noir” The Sunday Times
“It’s the voice that grabs you… A wonderfully lucid piece of songwriting, emotion lingering on each note” Clash
“Stein sounds like she’s coming of age on this album, addressing both her past and her future, and mostly liking what she sees” Q
“With an utterly flawless, heart-twisting vocal throughout, ‘America’ spins tales of sorrow and betrayal and turns them into something exquisite” DIY
“Beautifully languid Americana from the singer of Howling Bells, from her romantic, widescreen solo debut” The Times
“A beautifully observed and evocative ode to America… Stein is the powerfully creative master of her art” Loud and Quiet
“A lovingly crafted paean to Americana of all stripes, from Southern Gothic country to swooning Lynchian moods. Stein’s silky voice has long deserved arrangements as sumptuous.” Uncut
Stein, who is already known as the singer / songwriter with Howling Bells, recorded the album with producer Gus Seyffert (Beck, Ryan Adams) in Los Angeles. Following recent tours with Michael Kiwanuka and Richard Hawley, Stein will follow a North American tour in May with UK dates over the summer including with Tom Petty in Hyde Park and at Cambridge Folk Festival.
Says Stein of the album:
“This record is an ode to the dark heart of America. Of times gone and times to come. Dusty trails, a whimsical 50s suburbia and the haze of the 1960s. I’ve forever idealised American life – growing up in Australia we were fed the American dream through film and television. The dichotomy between what was real and a dream is forever intriguing to me. The music of Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Lee and Nancy and Patsy Cline all informed my musical sensibilities. They opened up this wide screen universe for me.”
An evocative and beautiful record, Stein’s honeyed voice weaves stories of heartbreak and optimism, from the unmistakably Western-influenced Dark Horse, to the moody love song, Cry. Florence is inspired by a real-life photograph by Dorothea Langue, taken during the Great Depression, of the eponymous Florence Owens Thompson, a tale of a struggle for themselves and their children that’s as relevant to women of the world today as it ever was.
The songs on the LP tell tales of characters real and imagined, Stein’s own experiences woven amongst them.
Juanita Stein grew up in Sydney with her parents and twin brothers. Her first studio recording was aged five, singing on a song of her father’s, and Peter Stein in fact wrote one of the songs on the album, the country music-drenched Cold Comfort (read Juanita talking about Peter on the brilliant My Old Man blog here).
Stein formed Howling Bells with her brother, Joel, and friends when they moved to London together in 2004. Four acclaimed albums followed, along with headline tours and festival shows around the world, and huge support dates including several US tours with Coldplay and The Killers. A break from Howling Bells around the arrival of her first child saw the first shoots of her solo work start to emerge, and now we find ourselves here. America, an unpredictable place, forever bound up in a uniquely widescreen hope and romance.
America by Juanita Stein
Stein recently gave a dazzling performance with Tom Petty in Hyde Park and is gearing up for a full tour of the UK and Ireland. Dates are listed below.
UK Tour Dates – July 2017
Sat 29th July – Cambridge Folk Festival – Cheery Hinton Hall, Cambridge
Headline Shows – August 2017
Tue 1st August – The Prince Albert, Brighton
Wed 2nd August – Thousand Island, London
Thurs 3rd August – Rough Trade West, London – Live set + signing at 5.30PM
September / October Headline Tour
Sun 24th Sept – Actress & Bishop – Birmingham
Mon 25th Sept – King Tut’s – Glasgow
Tue 26th Sept – Tunnels – Aberdeen
Wed 27th Sept – Cluny – Newcastle
Fri 29th Sept – Headrow House – Leeds
Sat 30th Sept – Buyers Club – Liverpool
Sun 1st Oct – Gulliver’s – Manchester
Mon 2nd Oct – Portland Arms – Cambridge
Weds 4th Oct – Fred Zeppelin’s – Cork
Thurs 5th Oct – Strange Brew @ Roisin Dubh – Galway (Free Show)
Fri 6th Oct – Grand Social – Dublin
Sat 7th Oct – Kasbah Social Club – Limerick
Mon 9th Oct – Crofters – Bristol
WATCH ‘SOMEONE ELSE’S DIME’ VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/I0Qm1zvojlc
WATCH ‘DARK HORSE’ VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/2TL8yGpanYE