TUNE Juanita Stein - Get Back To The City
GET BACK TO THE CITY
The New Single
Taken From The New Album, Until The Lights Fade, 31st August
PLUS SUMMER FESTIVALS STILL TO COME
@ LATITUDE, GREEN MAN, TRNSMT
Juanita Stein, the Howling Bells frontwoman turned solo artist, releases her brand new single, Get Back To The City taken from her upcoming second album, Until The Lights Fade. Stein who has just been announced as a special guest of The Killers at their upcoming, sold out stadium show in Bolton, plays at festivals including Latitude and Green Man this summer ahead of the album’s release via Nude Records on 31st August.
Says Stein of the song, “The first couple lines say it all really. There is a kind of woman I know well - smart, kindred, worldly, yet somehow fated to fall for the wrong type. This is a song about finding the strength to be courageous. To know what’s good for you.
Of the newly released video for the single Stein says, “Making videos has never been a thing I’ve enjoyed doing. In fact, I’ve more or less dreaded making every single one. They’re tedious and long and anything but creatively inspiring. This one was different. Mostly because it was shot in my town of Brighton. Mostly because it was made a some very cool people. It was shot in my house, in my neighbourhood, in a field nearby and at my local bar, and ultimately it felt more like a labour of love than a duty! Hope you feel it.”
Until The Lights Fade
Juanita Stein’s second solo album arrives less than a year after her first, ‘America’, saw her exploring the iconography and cultural landscapes of a country that had always fascinated her from afar. Yet, while ’Until The Lights Fade’ is cut from the same musical cloth as its predecessor - the crepuscular twang of bar-room guitars, the keening romanticism of its melodies, the sparseness and simplicity of its arrangements - the album’s ten songs are concerned with thoughts, feelings, stories and characters rooted far closer to home.
“I feel like the two albums are different sides of the same coin,” Stein explains. “If ‘America’ was the starting point of a journey - the musical equivalent of me spreading my wings, but also treading carefully, trying to figure myself out having come from such an intense period of camaraderie in the band - then this record is me starting to gain a bit more traction, feeling more confident in where I’m coming from and what it is I’m doing.”
When the opportunity arose late last year to spend a week in Austin, Texas with the producer Stuart Sikes (Cat Power, White Stripes, Loretta Lynn), Stein explains, “I just grabbed it. When you reach a certain point in life and moments like that appear, you have to go with it. Up til now, everything I’ve done has always been planned and laboured over, but this album was very impromptu, very spur of the moment - a couple of the musicians I was working with I had only met for the first time that week. It was like nothing I’d ever done before.”
This more spur of the moment approach also enabled the late inclusion on the album of Forgiver. Much like the week she spent in Austin, the song - recorded during the downtime between shows in The Killers’ mobile studio - was another of those serendipitous moments that Stein felt compelled to make the most of, and the swaggering, streetwise end result once again validates those instincts.
Following her recent dates with The Killers and a run that saw her back in Austin for SxSW, Stein returned to the UK for a tour with Bryan Ferry, before a summer of festivals including Latitude, Green Man, TRNSMT around the new album release.
Juanita Stein plays:
8th July TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow
13th July Bolton, Macron Stadium (with The Killers)
14th July Latitude Festival, Southwold
20th July Spain, Benicassim Festival
24th July Finland, Helsinki Arena (with The Killers)
26th July Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Rockhal (with The Killers)
18th August Green Man Festival, Crickhowell
WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT “AMERICA”
“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
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
"With an utterly flawless, heart-twisting vocal throughout, 'America' spins tales of sorrow and betrayal and turns them into something exquisite." - DIY ****
“It’s the voice that grabs you… A wonderfully lucid piece of songwriting, emotion lingering on each note” - Clash
"Stein is the powerfully creative master of her art" Loud and Quiet