The Bell – Great Heat, Out Soon … Street Date: April 12 U.S./Europe


On April 11, 2011, Portland and San Francisco-based independent recording label Badman Recording Co. will celebrate the release of The Bell’s “Great Heat,” the latest from a Sweden-based post-punk/melodic pop outfit.

Hailing from Malmo and Stockholm Sweden, The Bell are a three piece with a penchant for memorable melodies and drum machine driven, classic, alternative songs. Vocals and instruments are shared by the trio of Nicklas Nilsson, Mathias Stromberg and Jan Petterson. Though they live many miles apart, they co-wrote and recorded Great Heat together through e-mail, electronic file exchanges and Skype. Great Heat is the follow-up to their strikingly good 2007 release Make Some Quiet.

The Bell – Today MP3

The group’s wiry and catchy post-punk pop has had some significant success with sync placements on television. Vampire Diaries, MTV:s Jersey Shore (we agree that one’s a bit weird) as well as the ABC shows Greek and Kyle X/Y have all featured tracks from the debut Make Some Quiet.    

Singer Mathias Stromberg cuts through like Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, The Editors’ Tom Smith or Julian Cope (The Teardrop Explodes). Instrumentalists Nicklas Nilsson and Jan Petterson keep the music tense and propulsive. One is occasionally reminded of favorite, seminal band’s – such as Maps, Stars, Magnetic Fields and The Cure when spinning their music. But, Great Heat comes with a more developed sound than their previous wonderful offering, and leads like a trip through computerized sounds and a balanced choir of voices to support the nostalgic glam-rock style. The riffs, the strings, the cold vocals — it’s all there. Colored with the brilliant splashes of history this is a new and fresh take on the breathy 80s daydream. Great Heat delivers an immediate impact of songs that stick in your head after just one listen.

Maps, Stars, Magnetic Fields and The Cure when spinning their music. But, Great Heat comes with a more developed sound than their previous wonderful offering, and leads like a trip through computerized sounds and a balanced choir of voices to support the nostalgic glam-rock style. The riffs, the strings, the cold vocals — it’s all there. Colored with the brilliant splashes of history this is a new and fresh take on the breathy 80s daydream. Great Heat delivers an immediate impact of songs that stick in your head after just one listen.

http://thebell.se/

~ by castleqwayr on March 30, 2011.

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