Juanita Stein ‘The Mavericks’ : Bare ready for the truth of Juanita. The only way it can be.

Juanita Stein

Juanita Stein offers, ‘The Mavericks’, from her upcoming third album, ‘Snapshot’ (October 2nd).

‘The Mavericks’ follows the recent release of the LP’s title track, which picked up early support from the likes of Mojo, Clash and 6 Music for Brighton-based, Australian songwriter, who first became known for her work as singer and guitarist in Howling Bells.

The song carries on the theme that runs throughout the album, which was recorded following the sudden loss of Stein’s father in 2019.

“‘The Mavericks’ is a song that came together over a few years,” expanded Juanita. “The first half I’d already had written, the lyrics came in one blessed burst of lyrical expression, then I stashed it away, not knowing quite what to do with it. I was later able to complete it, whilst writing the songs for ‘Snapshot’. With the razor-edged perspective loss can bring, finding the right words became a lot easier for me. Sonically and lyrically, I wanted the song to rise and fall, swell and intensify, mirroring the cyclical nature of life.

“It feels fundamental to understanding the devastation and eerie silence thrust upon us after his sudden death,” begins the Brighton-based, Australian songwriter Juanita Stein, discussing the moment of great sadness that inspired her new record. “It was a daunting task to sum up the life of one man such as my father. He was endlessly inspiring, charming, deeply talented and passionately spiritual. He admirably, and at times frustratingly, carried the torch for his own musical career until the very end.”

Juanita “called on my brother, Joel Stein, (guitarist in Howling Bells) to play lead guitar: “I knew only he could harness the exact frenzied energy needed for the songs. Both he and I were both going through something pretty momentous and I wanted to shift that energy into the music. Evan Jenkins on drums alternated between freeform and thunderous on some tracks, light and barely-there on others. Jimi Wheelwright on bass held it all together beautifully.”

Bare ready for the truth of Juanita. The only way it can be.


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