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Having played the sold-out 25,000 seat Staple Centre in Los Angeles last night (Tuesday, April 10, 2007), Australian band, Howling Bells, are support act on an 11 date tour with top US artists The Killers through the west coast and the south, playing arenas before headlining their own club and small venue tour along the US east coast.
The band has just announced their Australian tour starting May 9. The upcoming Australian tour dates are all in the Hotsource Gig Guide.
In its March 22 issue, US 'Rolling Stone' made Howling Bellsone of their three bands to watch out for this year.
NME rated Howling Bells self-titled debut album as 11th in their Top 50 of the Year and described them as: "Beguiling, extraordinary and enthralling. The sound of PJ Harvey hitching a ride with The Velvet Underground through Twin Peaks."
Pitchfork Media's April 2 review of the album--crafted by Coldplay and Gomez producer Ken Nelson--states:
"All of the sounds on "The Bell Hit" and the dozen songs that follow become familiar: the dark rumble of "Low Happening" and "Broken Bones" recalls Lush and Mazzy Star, the sweeping melody of "In the Woods" is full-on-Fuzzy-era Grant Lee Buffalo, and Stein's vocals bring to mind anyone from the Sundays' Harriet Wheeler to Cocteau Twins' Liz Frazer to Patsy Cline. And yet, the Howling Bells touch on these fairly obvious influences without sounding dated, revivalist, or imitative. Because they have a clear affection for old country music and rural instrumentation, the Howling Bells have been referred to as country-goth, but they're actually no more goth than any hard-living, hard-drinking country act from the last 50 years (and certainly nowhere near as goth as fellow Aussie Nick Cave)."
Drowned In Sound listed Howling Bells' debut album in the top 50 Albums of the last six years.