It's done and it should be awesome. The great under-appreciated Australian-via-London band Howling Bells announced today that their third album will be called The Loudest Engine. Cooking Vinyl will release the album on Sept. 12 in the U.K. Killers bassist Mark Stoermer produced the album in the Killers' home studio in the Nevada desert. This makes sense since Howling Bells opened for The Killers on their last big U.S. tour. They also opened up for Coldplay on another U.S. tour. So I'll take The Killers bassist over Coldplay's bassist as a producer. I think Coldplay has a bassist.
Juanita Stein says of the album, “There's a singular sound which is more folk and rock than our last two albums, but it's interpreted in a modern sense. It wasn't a conscious effort to make a '70s tinged record. It was a very natural progression. The album shows that we're we're 21st century kids making a modern psychedelic record. [It] is our grown up record. The first was about that great initial leap, the second was us exploring different waters. This one is us, all having met at one place, at one time. I think this record will change people's perspectives of the band."
And here's the title track of the new album. I say "Damn, gang!" that's some quality rock.