By: Caitlin Hoffman
Bell X1: a band thatâ€™s content making a stream of steady music. They are Irish lads who have been loyal to the art since who-knows-how-long. They bring an elemental poignancy to indie rock I have not yet seen before. And thatâ€™s quite nice. Just when I think indie rock is bordering on cliche, a new (or old) act steps up and grabs me.
Recently, they found themselves touring about New York and couldnâ€™t help but be drawn to the magnetic, odd allure of the Occupy protests. This was their thought on it: “…It actually had a real festival feel; there were some drummers and horn players throwing it down. Noise about all these ills is better than no noise.”
Love it. Whatâ€™s more, their new song Sugar High is all about these dear old corruptions our world is facing.
I dig this groove. Itâ€™s energetic, incredibly powerful, but also very sad. I adore it when people use their talent to spread a message, to get people talking and thinking about whatâ€™s happening in the world. And the lyrics hit me hard…
“Letâ€™s build all this shit no oneâ€™s ever gonna buy, When we come â€˜round weâ€™ll blame the sugar high, And act all sheepish and kinda sorry-ish…”
“Free to those who can afford it, To those who can afford it, Very dear to those who canâ€™t, Those who canâ€™t…”
Bracing, beautiful, breaking.