Juanita Stein will release a new EP made up of acoustic versions of songs from her acclaimed debut solo album and announces new tour dates (including 2 German dates) with The Killers, Bryan Ferry and first 2018 festival shows.
Juanita Stein will release the America Acoustic EP on 16th February 2018. The Howling Bells frontwoman turned solo artist, who released her America album (Nude Records) last July, recorded the EP at home in Brighton in between recent tour dates with The Killers and her own solo shows.
Says Stein: “I had been asked to record some acoustic tracks for a radio station in the US and it occurred to me whilst doing so just how intimate and special these recordings could be. Ultimately, that’s how all my songs are born: just myself and a guitar usually in my bedroom. So it feels like a deeply honest representation of the music, without any outside interference at all. I wanted them to remain sparse, just a few harmonies and layering. It’s an exercise in itself, leaving the songs bare as bones. A lot of my favourite music tends to be all encompassing or artfully restrained. I wanted this to be just so.”
Juanita Stein will rejoin The Killers for a string of European dates – including 2 German dates in Berlin and Cologne – this February and March, before joining Bryan Ferry for his extensive spring tour, which starts in Cardiff on 9th April and concludes with shows at London’s Palladium (1 May) and Eventim Apollo (3 May). She has also just been announced for her festival show this year as part of the bill for Black Deer, joining artists including Iron & Wine, Passenger and Jason Isbell at this celebration of Americana and Country music in its debut year, as well as appearing at SxSW in Austin, Texas in March.
Full dates are:
19th Feb Helsinki, FIN, Hartwell Arena (with The Killers)
23rd Feb Oslo, NOR, Telenor Arena (with The Killers)
24th Feb Stockholm, SWE, Globen (with The Killers)
25th Feb Copenhagen, DEN, Royal Arena (with The Killers)
27th Feb Berlin, GER, Mercedes-Benz Arena (with The Killers)
28th Feb Amsterdam, NEL, Ziggo Dome (with The Killers)
1st March Esch Alzette, LUX, Rockhal (with The Killers)
3rd March Paris, FRA, Le Zenith (with The Killers)
5th March Cologne, GER, Lanxess Arena (with The Killers)
6th March Antwerp, BEL, Sportpaleis (with The Killers)
14-17 March Austin, TX, USA – SxSW Festival
9th April Cardiff, St David’s Hall (with Bryan Ferry)
11th April Liverpool, Philharmonic (with Bryan Ferry)
13th April Manchester, Apollo (with Bryan Ferry)
15th April Newcastle, City Hall (with Bryan Ferry)
17th April Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall (with Bryan Ferry)
19th April Edinburgh, Usher Hall (with Bryan Ferry)
21st April Dublin, Olympia (with Bryan Ferry)
23rd April Belfast. Waterfront (with Bryan Ferry)
25th April Bristol, Colton Hall (with Bryan Ferry)
27th April Oxford, New Theatre (with Bryan Ferry)
29th April Birmingham, Symphony Hall (with Bryan Ferry)
1st May London, Palladium (with Bryan Ferry)
3rd May London, Eventim Apollo (with Bryan Ferry)
22-24 June Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells
More About America and Juanita Stein…
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 her new album, the country music-drenched Cold Comfort (read Juanita talking about Peter on the brilliant My Old Man blog.
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.
Says Stein, “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, I’ll Cry. Florence is inspired by a real-life photograph by Dorothea Langue, taken during the Great Depression, of the eponymous Florence Owens Thompson. The songs on the LP tell tales of characters real and imagined, Stein’s own experiences woven amongst them.
America came out to considerable acclaim in July, hitting the UK’s Top 10 Record Store and Americana charts following its release. Stein has played festival shows including in London’s Hyde Park and at Cambridge Folk Festival, as well as a full headline tour and arena shows with The Killers, in support of its release.
Made up of the acoustic versions of songs from her acclaimed debut solo album, along with Stein’s cover of Johnny Cash’s A Thing Called Love, a song she often performs at her live shows, the tracklisting for the EP runs as follows:
America Acoustic EP
Artist: Juanita Stein
Release date: Feb 2, 2018
1. I’ll Cry
2. Cold Comfort
3. A Thing Called Love
6. Someone Else’s Dime