Irish bands and musicians are my bread and butter. They are incredibly skilled and are my passion. Bell X1 is a band that hails from Ireland but one that I am not at all familiar with. That was before June 6th when I attended the bands gig at Bowery Ballroom.
I headed to the venue and as the set time for Bell X1 drew nearer the lights became dimmer and dimmer as the opening act took the stage, James Vincent McMorrow.
James is a musician who hails from Dublin, Ireland and is making a grand trek throughout the states with Bell X1. His set comprised of tracks that weren’t only fresh on the ears but stunningly raw in terms of emotion. James has the incredible skill of taking a room of 300-400 occupants and effortlessly causes every body to become silent and still and most noticeably; listen.
We all heard twitches of love, loss, hope, and experiences of life as James voice croaked and soared throughout his set. Seeing a man take the stage with simply an acoustic guitar and his voice (not to mention being slightly jet lagged) was a refreshing thing to witness on a Monday evening.
As James set finished you can notice a shy smile take over his face as a thunderous applause from the crowd begins to erupt. After a short wait Bell X1 to take the stage to pleased fans. The band played a great set of tracks mostly comprised from their album Flock and their most recent release Bloodless Coup. Seeing the band perform tracks such as Velcro and Four Minute Mile live not only affirmed that their new record is a great piece of work but it also allows for a subtle sense of addiction to creep in after the gig ends. With tunes that will stay in your head for weeks Bell X1 certainly have nothing to worry about while touring the US, Especially with such a strong opening act.
Remember that you can see more photos from the gig here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenami/sets/72157626780689529/
Also be sure to check out Bell X1's special on npr: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/02/136818570/bell-x1-on-world-cafe
Along with a special with James Vincent McMorrow: http://www.npr.org/2011/03/01/134160032/james-vincent-mcmorrow-on-world-cafe
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