Very Pleased to ANNOUNCE 2017 Bell X1 TOUR DATES in USA.
All shows on sale FRI 18 NOV
To celebrate the release of their new album, Bell X1 return to Australia this Dec !!
Special early bird tickets available now at www.bellx1.com/tour
Most pleased to announce 2013 Chop Chop Tour Dates in North America.. All shows go on sale this Friday & Saturday!
In a few moments we are excited to share the final cover art & track listing for chop chop with you… before we we do, we thought it appropriate to tell you about the amazing alexis deacon who was kind enough to do all the album artwork….it all begins with Croc and Bird. ..
In Paul’s words:
“Croc and Bird is the story of a crocodile and bird who hatch from eggs lying side by side and think of themselves as brothers.
They do everything together – singing at sunrise, lying still in the water on the hunt, perching atop branches, basking on the rocks in the sun… until they come across a flock of birds and a snap of crocodiles.
How silly they’ve been.
They go their separate ways, though life with their natural kin is bumpy. “That’s disgusting!”, the birds say when Bird catches a water buffalo.
“Shut up!”, go the crocodiles when Croc strikes up the dawn chorus.
They realise it’s all been a big mistake, and (spoiler alert…) find each other again in their old tree-top house.
Alexis Deacon’s story and illustrations really struck a chord, so I found him on the internet and sent him a mail.
He was very graciously open to listening to our demos and sketched a world of misfits from them – bird-boys, carny-dogs & snake-ladies.
As we were in the studio he was sending us these images, and glowing from laptops they made themselves at home.
We met Alexis when we played in London earlier this year, and he made sketches of us on stage from which he based three of the characters on the cover…not quite sure who’s who, though someone’s trouser must have been worn far too high!
Alexis has really added to the record with the resonance the world that he has created has with the music we’ve made.
Maybe the lady doth project too much, but I’ll forever associate these songs with a surreal visit to a carnival staffed by man dogs and those snake ladies.”
Pleased to premiere the new album Chop Chop @ The National Concert Hall in Dublin on June 29th. Tickets on sale this Friday (Feb 22) at The NCH Box Office or online at NCH.ie. Chop Chop will be available on June 28th.
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Going through US Immigration has always made me feel like a child being summoned before a stern adult to answer for stuff. Usually the stern thaws, warmed by a shared love of music…”I play a little myself…”
I get nervous, I’m too quick to put my fingers on the scanner, I stumble over my words. It’s as if I need to remember some bullshit story when grilled about the trip. I do not. The truth will do. Actually, this time, when asked to confirm that the bag on the screen was mine, I lied. It was Dominic’s. I could see him at the next counter and knew that he’d be shown a picture of my bag. If I say it’s not mine, and explain that it’s his, there might be grief… but if he tells the truth and I don’t, then I might end up getting the glove! I see Dom walk away, so presume that he went with the lie. I do too. I am Jason Bourne…
The last couple of times in Dublin our passage through immigration has been eased by a lovely lady called Irene, who we learned yesterday is off sick from work. Get well soon Irene.
The officer that processed me was called Murphy. His silver wedding ring was of Celtic design. I wondered if he had sought out his posting in Dublin, his excitement when it came through, him seeking out family in the the Old Country. Surely he wouldn’t give a Singer of Eire a hard time, on his way to make music in Americae…
“Have a good trip sir, I hope the record goes well”
As we begin 2013, we find ourselves in Bridgeport, CT recording the new album with Producers Peter Katis & Thomas Bartlett. Happy to be doing so @ Peter’s studio (Tarquin Studios) – a lovely old place in Bridgeport, Connecticut where some of our favorite records of the past decade have been made!