MONDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2013 |
Posted by: Cassedy Banks
Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow's self-entitled debut album came out earlier this year through Descendant Records and it was one of the purest forms of emotion we've heard in quite some time. The combined power created by lead singer Zach Williams, mandolin playing Kanene Pipkin and guitarist Brian Elmquist make the eleven tracks both stirring and heart-wrenching. We were able to capture The Lone Bellow's spirit live last month when they played at an impromptu, live session in Washington Square Park, where they rightfully generated a captivated crowd in the city's mix of mayhem.
The album's opening track "Green Eyes And A Heart Of Gold" is a catchy and soulful rendition about the struggles of a band not giving up, with gripping and insightful lyrics "Money's gone and the house is cold / And it's alright, it's alright." Other songs like "Tree To Grow," "You Never Need Nobody" and "Bleeding Out" have the same emotional pull from layered harmonies and country twangs from multiple string instruments. It's no wonder the Lone Bellow plays on emotions, as Williams found his musical voice when his wife suffered temporary paralysis after a horseback riding accident. Williams began writing rhythmic journal entries to help calm his mind and his friends encouraged him to make them into songs. After performing as a solo artist, he soon joined Elmquist and Pipkin, and the trio instantly realized they had something unique.
The Lone Bellow is full of passionate storytelling and belting choruses. "We write songs from personal experiences in our lives," says Williams. "Tragedy, hope, betrayal and redemption ebb and flow throughout the record." Being that it's only their first album, we wholeheartedly expect The Lone Bellow's musical influence to continue to flourish.
Keep an eye out for The Lone Bellow's enlivening Washington Square Park performance, which will be released tomorrow, exclusively on Baeble.