Local post-rock band Bells will be playing at Tellus 360 on August 22nd. The project started as a collaboration between Jon Hershey, the founder of August Burns Red and Sean Hennessey from various local projects including This or the Apocalypse. The lineup is wounded out by Tim Kettering, Joe Terranova (from Castle Worries) and Toby Pool (also from This or the Apocalypse). In 2012, the band released its debut full length album, Our Forest, Our Empire, an expansive, stunning set of instrumental music. Since then, they’ve played with some pretty big bands including the xx at World Cafe Live in Wilmington this May.
In a feature on Property of Zack last year, the band explained that “We don’t spend much time looking outward, measuring ourselves up against the current musical landscape. We’re not here to sell ourselves as if this is a business. We write music to humbly inspire and bring people together, anything more would feel fake.” The feeling of honesty is apparent in their music, from the sweet guitar strums in “Fall” to the driving urgency in “Always Invisible” to the laid-back tune of “Wanderer”. Even the futuristic “Daisy”, inspired by the IBM 704, is a pure expression of emotion. The lack of discernible vocals actually adds to the music, making it even more raw.
Recently, Bells has been features in some pretty inspirational places including the following: “Youth” was used as a part of a photography documentary by Lytro, “Wanderer” was played in a bittersweet goodbye for Texas in July and a few songs were used in the background to walk in love‘s T.J Mousetis’ pep talk. This speaks to the versatile nature of the album, and in turn, the versatile nature of the band itself. A new album is in the works, as the band announced during a tour of their beautiful studio.
Catch the band at Lancaster’s Tellus 360 August 22nd with Marathon and Saint Sycamore. Listen to “Fall” below, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.