Review : Bell X1 - Flock
YahooMany people probably now know that Radiohead take their name from a Talking Heads song. What far fewer folk have a handle on is how to join the dots between the two bands. It seems simple enough - art rock old and new - but where Talking Heads grew ever outwards, encompassing the world music frontman David Byrne would nurture on his Luaka Bop label, Radiohead have become increasingly insular bedroom boffins since "OK Computer". With "Flock", their third album but only the second to get a British release, Ireland's Bell X1 have unearthed the missing musical link - and it's marvellous....full text
MusicomhThe Irish have always had a knack for picking out an up and coming band. They worshipped David Gray before his wobbly head became globally famous, and The Saw Doctors were megastars over there long before they took a trip down the N17.
Bell X1 are one of the most popular bands across the Irish Sea, yet still remain relatively unknown over here. In a previous incarnation named Juniper, they had Damien Rice amongst their members, but if you're expecting intense ballads then you could be in for a surprise....full text
SputnikmusicPicture the scene- you're a young band with a massive countrywide following. You're noted for your explosive live shows which people would literally sell their mothers to attend. You've been signed on a six-album deal by PolyGram, who've arranged for your band to fly out to the south of France to record your first record with Manic Street Preachers producer Mike Hedges- on them, of course. Now supposing just days before you're due to set off, your lead singer quits, citing label pressure as his only reason and goes off to live on a hill in Italy. It's a nightmare situation but not the end of the world, right?...full text
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