Australian four-piece Howling Bells return with their stunning new album, Heartstrings, set for release on 2nd June 2014. Recorded at London’s Assault and Battery Studios with producers Catherine J Marks and Alan Moulder, the album is preceded by a single, ‘Slowburn’, on 7th April. The band will celebrate the release of the single by hitting the road and stop by Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Tues 3rd June 2014.

Heartstrings is Howling Bells’ fourth album, and the first they have recorded in their adopted hometown of London (the band’s debut, Howling Bells (2006), was demoed in Australia and recorded in Liverpool, while Radio Wars (2009) and 2011’s The Loudest Engine saw the band decamp to Los Angeles and Las Vegas respectively).

Taking a different approach to the making of their previous records, Howling Bells made the recording of Heartstrings an intense process, laying down a track a day for 11 days, resulting in a potent collection of songs.

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Check out a preview of the band’s new album below:

Plus support from CLIMBING BOYS

Barely born in the eighties, the era definitely has a massive influence on this East London four piece. Comprised by Tom Salo, Gavin Bowers, Emma Quick and Alex Kociuba, the band formed in late 2012, video for new track ‘Conjoining Rite’ has been released and can be pre-ordered here

Musically, the band could be describe as post-punk/new wave. They combine a profound sort of songwriting with a sound reminiscent of early Echo & the Bunnymen (Crocodiles), Joy Division and David Bowie.

The band have caught the attention of many, including NME and Xfm, with their debut release ‘Take The Floor’, that proved they were a band we very much needed to keep our eye on.

“With a sound stemming from the jangling post-punk of acclaimed early-80s indie label Postcard, Climbing Boys’ bass-driven songs allow for some intricate, reverberating guitar work that frequently breaks into catchy, melodic choruses on their self-released debut EP ‘Take the Floor’.” – NME

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Watch the video for ‘Conjoining Rite’ below