Bellrays - NME
– July 2011
Bellrays @Satellite – Silverlake Los Angeles 2011
The Bellrays are an old school act still hitting it with the middle schoolers - remaining buoyant in the sometimes questionably revered Silverlake music scene - A cog in the wheel of a bigger machine.
The Bellrays recount a majestic history of diehard independence. Surviving amidst an orgy of monopolies, tyrants, and incestuous lackies. Their garage gospel permeates another dimension, above the whitebread, agents draconian directors and metrosexual manipulators.
Defying this mire of dysfunction, these seasoned LA garage rockers just bring it as they say in their hood – or at least some of them do.
A slick foursome of adrenalin fuelled musicians , big on melody and guitar effrontery, The Bellrays have a well oiled routine. One clocked by many performances and rehearsal hours that proudly predates belated orange county cheese or clotheshorse hipsterism.
Theirs is a land of clear throated, hard truckin roadtripping. Miles away from poncing auteurs , reality television, indy bands. DIY muffins and cheesball relics –chugging hard while the empire crumbles, the gay soldiers queue and the DUI police clock overtime -
Ok the good bits --- a lot of material from their most recent release Black Lightning 2010. Some flawless guitar antics from Bob Vennum as always and purely and simply a marathon effort of quality playing
Weird that despite such fierce music the crowd were predominantly a gaggle of old blokes , with the exception of the drummers housekeeper and this somnambulistic dandy bored with the postman wait. Why ? Probably the holiday weekend ( July 4th) exodus which dictated a crowd that resembled a cross between a bachelor night at a rifle range and a truck drivers wake.
Still despite the dire gender bias the vocal excellence of Lisa Kekaula prevailed, bringing in a house load of femininity and more black maternal soul than a faith healing housemother doing stunt stand in for Foxy Brown – bring it mofo.