September 24, 2015

The Bellfuries: Workingman's Bellfuries

Rock 'n' roll never died, but there aren't that many bands around who can build upon the fundamental rules and come up with fresh material. Enter The Bellfuries, a quartet from Austin, TX, whose members wrote nine fresh tunes for their Workingman's Bellfuries (a nod to the Grateful Dead since they are so fond of being a touring band as well). They added The Beatles' She's A Woman, giving it a Creedence Clearwater Revival mood while they were at it, and the F. Bryant penned oldie Baltimore.

The keyword for their music is groove, mixing rockabilly with country and a bit of jazz. Even then the lyrics are sad, the music continues to sparkle pushed forward by the upright bass, jangling guitar lines (think Johnny Marr transported to the late Fifties) and swinging drums.

Inject some fresh blood into the jukebox by inserting tracks like Make The Mystery No More that sounds like a long lost Everly Brothers song, or the superb lament Letter To My Maybe Baby. Next thing you know you will find yourself checking out listings of cars with fins and chrome on eBay.

The Bellfuries:
Joey Simeone: vocals, guitar
Jeff Seaver: upright & electric Bass
Mike Molnar: lead guitar
Chris Sensat: drums, vocals

Workingman's Bellfuries is released on Hi-STYLE Records.

  1. Loving Arms
  2. Bad Seed Sown
  3. Why Do You Haunt Me
  4. Make The Mystery No More
  5. Letter To My Maybe Baby
  6. Beaumont Blues
  7. Just Remembering
  8. She's A Woman
  9. Under The Light Of The Moon
  10. Baltimore
  11. An Illusion Believed

USA dates (1st leg):
  • 09/24 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
  • 09/25 Sturbridge, MA @ New England Shake Up!
  • 09/26 New York, NY @ Union Hall
  • 09/27 Troy, NY @ Ale House
  • 09/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Pittsburgh Winery
  • 09/29 Rochester, NY @ Abilene Bar
  • 09/30 Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
  • 10/01 Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
  • 10/02 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
  • 10/03 Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
European dates:
  • 10/16 Glasgow, United Kingdom @ O2 ABC 2
  • 10/17 Surrey, United Kingdom @ The Mytchett Centre
  • 10/18 Dublin, Ireland @ The Grand Social
  • 10/21 Oslo, Norway @ Gamla
  • 10/22 Albertslund, Denmark @ Wittrup Motel
  • 10/23 Århus, Denmark @ Radar
  • 10/24 Berlin, Germany @ Roadrunner's
  • 10/25 Hannover, Germany @ U-Turn
  • 10/28 Munich, Germany @ Rattlesnake Saloon
  • 10/29 Dresden, Germany @ Rosis
  • 10/30 Hamburg, Germany @ Mokeys Music Club
  • 10/31 Frankfurt, Germany @ The Orange Peel
  • 11/01 Utrecht, Netherlands @ dB's
  • 11/04 Oberhausen, Germany @ Druckluft Halle
  • 11/06 Turnhout, Belgium @ De Kuub
  • 11/07 Roubaix, France @ Vintage Weekender
USA dates (2nd leg):
  • 11/28 Austin, TX @ The Continental Club

» thebellfuries.com

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