|yesterday’s melancholy updated
Kenneth Partridge - March 18, 2008
Origins: Bell Hollow is based in Brooklyn,
where most of the band resides. They also have roots in Long Island and Sacramento.
What it is: “Bittersweet dream pop, melodic and mysterious. Atmospheric
rock to burn love letters to.” For those who like: The Cure, Interpol,
Relevant Info: Bell Hollow's debut album, “Foxgloves,”
was released in November 2007 on five03 Records. The “Sons of the Burgess
Shale” EP came out in October 2006.
What has Martin Rossiter, lead singer of Britpop sensation Gene, been up to
since 2004, when he and his mates called it quits? Is it possible he moved to
Brooklyn, joined up with a trio of devout anglophiles, and changed his name
to Nick Niles? It’s an implausible story, but listening to “Copper
Crayon,” the first tune on Bell Hollow’s new record, it’s
almost believable. Urging, “Dirty little mind, come inside,” Niles,
a native Californian, nails Rossiter’s delivery—even if he’d
probably rather we compare him to Morrissey. Cohort Greg Fasolino has Smiths
dreams of his own, and his crushed-ice Johnny Marr guitar dances like a washer
on a string, enabling Niles to work his hypnotic magic. On “Eyes Like
Planets,” the band gets moody, echoing the Bunnymen and stretching out
like “Disintegration”-era Cure. Bell Hollow, in other words, may
be the perfect band for anyone who wishes they’d been 17 in 1985.
What about British rock is so appealing?
“We kind of gravitate toward a more atmospheric, bittersweet, moody kind
of thing,” Fasolino says. “More often than not, British rock tends
to emphasize those qualities.”
How do you avoid stealing from your influences?
“I don’t think we set out to say, ‘We’re going to write
something that sounds like this.’ You listen to things, and unconsciously,
it comes out. I would say we’ve been playing this music long enough that
we’re not revivalists.”
Your music is both atmospheric and melodic…
“I think all of us would say we can enjoy droning stuff as much as the
next person, but it’s more powerful if it’s married to great melodies.”
“I think all of us would say we can enjoy droning stuff as much as the next person, but it’s more powerful if it’s married to great melodies.”
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Bittersweet dream pop, melodic and mysterious. Atmospheric rock to burn love letters to