Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Lifted Bells - "Lifted Bells" EP

Lifted Bells is the new project from Bob Nanna of Braid and Hey Mercedes along with Matt Jordan of Stay Ahead of The Weather,  Matthew Frank of Their / They're / There and Kyle Geib (Dog and Wolf) and Seth Engel (Options). Their 3-song self-titled debut EP was just released via Chicago’s Naked Ally Records on one-sided 12” vinyl and is limited to only 300 copies; 100 black and 200 in randomly mixed colors. 
The band started in 2010 and has undergone several personnel changes throughout the years, in fact; this recording features Joel Coan of The Felix Culpa and Owen Mallon of Noumenon.  Together they create a nostalgic yet forward-thinking brand of math-rock with the energetic and intricate rhythms and complex guitar riffs you would expect from Nanna and this crew. 
All three songs on the EP stand out and “Orphaned” provides the perfect introduction with its knotty, dueling guitars, Frank’s cagey drumming and catchy vocal melodies reminiscent of 90’s Midwest emo-punk.  “Re: Calm” follows with a stuttering, stop/start rhythm, an anthemic sing-along chorus and some melodic squiggling guitar lines.  Closing out the much too-short EP are the stumbling drums and twinkling guitars of the super-charged “So Solo”.  
With only 3 songs under their belt, the self-titled debut EP from Lifted Bells is very promising and only heightens the anticipation for a proper full-length. 

For more info: www.facebook.com/liftedbells and http://nakedallyrecords.storenvy.com/


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