Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Stream The Black Belles' Self-Titled Debut; Release Show Nov. 11 at Third Man Records [Fresh Tracks]

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Most sullen game of Red Rover ever?
  • Most sullen game of Red Rover ever?
So last night, I saw a young lady dressed as Lydia from Beetlejuice, but it took me a solid 15 seconds to realize it wasn't a Black Belle. Here I am digressing already.

Third Man Records' all-gal, gothy garage rockers The Black Belles are releasing their eponymous debut one week from today, and you can already stream the entire thing via Third Man's website or via Consequence of Sound. You probably already listened to the Belles' single, "Honky Tonk Horror," which is featured among the streamable (for one week only) tunes. Well, the rest of The Black Belles mostly dwells in the same territory: pretty conventional garage-rock guitar and organ tones, pretty conventional and simple garage-rock riffs, pretty conventional garage-rock chord progressions. There are some spiced-up moments thanks to Jack White's production, however, and I personally find "Wishing Well" — not to be confused with Keegan DeWitt's "Wishing Well" or Terence Trent D'Arby's "Wishing Well" — to be a standout. You can pre-order The Black Belles now via TMR.

The Belles will also play an album release show next Friday, Nov. 11, at Third Man Records. While online tickets to that one have already sold out, TMR says "a limited number of physical tickets will be for sale at the Third Man Records shop beginning on Thurs. Nov 3rd at 10 a.m." So go ahead and line up for that, Black Belles fans (Belle-heads?). You know, the Belles played the Greenhouse on Friday night with How I Became the Bomb, and that one didn't sell out. Peculiar. There I go digressing again. Anyway, copies of a withdrawn-cover version of Belles will be for sale at the show — apparently it was too "offensive" to be the primary cover. Hop on over to CoS or TMR and have a listen.

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