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Bel Heir announces new EP, listen to lead single “California High”

Bel Hier | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Bel Hier | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly indie pop band Bel Heir have released a new single just in time for your weekend beach getaways (and next weekend’s, and the weekend after that, and your daily commutes, because this single has “summer jam” written all over it). Premiered by Paste Magazine, “California High” is the lead single in advance of the trio’s upcoming EP Washed Up which is slated for a July 21st release and described by the band as “an entire EP of trashy, surfy, beach punk bangers.” Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Bel Heir

It may be the first day of autumn, but Philly modern rock four-piece Bel Heir are firm subscribers to Brian Wilson’s “endless summer” school of thought. In other words, today’s Key Studio Session does not shy away from sunny vocal hooks, energized riffs and rhythms and breezy hints of reggae, and it’s all the awesomer for it.

The regional band first caught our ear in 2013 when brothers Paul and Patrick Mencel began dabbling in a new studio recordings after the dissolve of their previous band Find Vienna. Where that crew aimed for Kings of Leon-style arena rock stratospheres, Bel Heir takes a more contemplative and laid-back route — “beachy,” as the kids like to say, and very much in step with the globally-informed electronic pop tones of Vacationer and Vampire Weekend. Continue reading →

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Bel Heir will “Take You There” for the latest installment in their single-a-month series

Bel Hier | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com
Bel Hier | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com

Fans of Philly pop band Bel Heir already know what the deal is with their recent abundance of new music. But if you’re just tuning in, here’s a recap: the band has been releasing 2-track digital singles every month since last spring and planned to continue doing so for a year. This month’s A-side is the upbeat, synthy pop ballad “Take You There”. It sounds like a soon-to-be remix staple on an EDM DJ’s playlist. Listen below and stay tuned for the B-side.

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Bel Heir continues its A-side / B-side project with two November releases

Bel Hier | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com
Bel Hier | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com
Keeping up with their monthly A-side / B-side releases, Philly local, digital pop outfit Bel Heir just released two new tracks via Soundcloud for the beginning of November. “Hey, you look good tonight, you look good tonight,” goes the first track “Fault Lines,” starting off in a resounding ethereal tone and building into a haunting ballad about the asperity of love. The opposite track, an ASTR remix of Bel Heir’s single “Kiss the Devil,” has a deeper, more atmospheric sound than the original September release; emphasizing the distinct rhythm against echoed vocals. Listen to both November tracks below and download them (along with the rest of their monthly releases) via ITunes.

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Bel Heir continue song-a-month challenge with “Kiss the Devil”

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Sultry and sweaty, “Kiss the Devil” is the latest track from Philadelphia pop band Bel Heir.  The four-piece made a pledge at its inception this past spring to release one track per month for a full year – “Kiss the Devil” follows up last month’s “Throw Me in the Water,” which XPN featured as a My Morning Download.  Drawing comparisons to in vogue groups The Neighborhood and The 1975, Bel Heir works with pop-heavy media of strong beats, synths and remix-ready melodies.  Check out “Kiss the Devil” below and follow along with their release challenge here.

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My Morning Download: “Throw Me In The River” by Bel Heir

BelHeir_Indegoot Bel Heir is the Philly band that has risen out of the ashes of Find Vienna. On July 1st, Find Vienna posted a “Major Announcement” message on their Facebook page. The “announcement” was that their new music was going to come out under the name of Bel Heir and since then the band has released four new songs. If you’re a fan of bands like The Neighbourhood, Sir Sly, and Tears for Fears and you’re a fan of big melodic, anthemic singalong rock songs look no further than these new tunes from a bunch of guys that have always made great music (regardless of their name!). Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download two songs from Bel Heir. And be sure to listen to “The Game” below – it’s gigantically awesome.

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