As luck would have it a few weeks ago I started a conversation with Scott from Hidden Volume Records. He had visited 50thirdand3rd and thought our musical taste were in line with each other, he could not have been more right. There will be a Meet the Label coming soon, but we are going to kick off our collaboration with The Belltowers.
The Belltowers have that sound that I am constantly on the lookout for, those big old guitars from the 60’s , you know the kind Roger McGuinn used. Over the years 2 groups that have come the closest to me of recapturing the essence of that groovy sound would be REM and The Cynics, so now we need to add The Belltowers to that short list. This is pop at its best, all cool and jangy, sing along time songs. Me, I love this awesomeness, these guys rock and I find it hard to believe that I haven’t heard of them up till now, but Hidden Volume Records has some excellent kick ass bands that we will be “Meeting” over the next few weeks, The Belltowers rock…Follow them, buy their single, for all you collectors out there I’m telling you the art work for Hidden Volume Records is off the chart impressive , your friends will be envious, your Parents will be awed by your good taste in music and art, it’s a win win kids, jump on this train called Hidden Volume Records and fill your days and nights with some of the coolest tunes you will discover in 2014..Now lets Meet The Band…
Hi our name is….
Everyone: The BellTowers
And our sound might be best described as….
Eddie: The best bits of everything before us.
Marshall: Folk, Psych, Garage.
We are originally from…..
Eddie: Orlando, Florida
Paul: I was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (Les Paul was born there too).
Marshall: Apopka, Florida.
The first time we met was…..
Eddie: I met Paul at a record store. I met Tom via Brian Maguire and wood
shedded in an actual wooden shed till the spiders chased us off.
I met Marshall via an ad at a local music store. We had so much fun talking
on the phone I forgot I set off a bug bomb.
Tom, Marshall and I played in a band called Little Bill.
Tom: Early 90¹s, and mid 90¹s.
Paul: Saw Eddie walking down the street for the first time while he held a
Gretsch Tennessean over his shoulder. I later met him at Murmur records in
Orlando. I met Tom and Marshall when I was asked to join Los Kneivels by
their lead guitarist in the 90¹s.
Marshall: 1991 and 1995.
We knew we were going to be a Band when………
Eddie: When Tom filled in for our previous drummer.
Tom: Eddie was the fucker!
Paul: Everyone digs the same music.
Marshall: We saw that we were all holding instruments.
Before starting the band we were employed as…….
Tom: I was living and working in Kansas City.
Paul: Record stores!
Marshall: A credit union.
Our craziest gig ever was….
Eddie: They’re all crazy
Tom: The tiny stage at Bullitt in downtown Orlando. I hit Marshall in the
elbow a few times with my cymbals.
Paul: Playing at Mojo Books in Tampa with Richard Barone (The Bongos).
Marshall: Wills Pub.
The first song we wrote was…….
Eddie: Paul and I wrote ³Day Breakaway². The whole band wrote: ³No One Is
Tom: ³Time Will Tell², I wrote the lyrics, Paul wrote the melody and the
Paul: ³No One Is Listening².
Marshall: ³Tomorrow Will Remain².
Paul: The fact that most people don¹t listen to each other these days. Sad!
Marshall: The bitches.
What we are currently listening to….
Eddie: We The People, The Nightcrawlers- ³Little Black Egg² LP and Teenage
Fanclub- Bandwagonesque LP.
Tom: Beachwood Sparks-³Desert Skies².
Paul: Shadows Of Knight-³Gloria² LP & ³Back Door Men² LP, Iron Butterfly-
³Heavy² LP, The Higher State-Newest LP, The Fantastic Dee-Jays- Guerssen
reissue LP, The Tropics-Guerssen LP, The Roosters-³All Of Our Days² LP, The
Rolling Stones-³Bravo² LP, The Remains-Epic LP & The Belltowers- Hidden
Marshall: The Lovetones
A few albums we could never part with….
Eddie: Hoodoo Gurus- first two LP¹s, Byrds- Untitled, Heavy Metal- Warners
special products LP various artists
Tom: Anything by The Stems.
Paul: LOVE-³Forever Changes² LP, Gene Clark ³with the Gosdin Brothers² LP,
The Byrds- ³Notorious Byrd Brothers² LP, The Beatles-³Revolver² UK LP, The
Headless Horsemen-³Can¹t Help But Shake² LP, The Zombies-³Odessey & Oracle²
Marshall: Teenage Fanclub-³13² LP, Hoodoo Gurus-³Mars Needs Guitars² LP, The
Lovetones-³Meditations² LP, The Stems-³Buds² LP
For fun we like to…..
Eddie: Geek out over music gear and drinking.
Paul: Guitar and record shows.
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us……
Eddie: An honest distillation of our influences worn on our collective
Paul: I concur!
Marshall: Pants are always optional!
Expect…. from us in 2014….
Eddie: MORE !!!
Tom: More recordings from us in 2014.
Paul: Look for The Belltowers CD on Twenty Stone Blatt (Scotland) being
released this summer.
Marshall: A 12 song full length release.
Once The Album comes out, we will have more music from The Belltowers…
follow/buy The Belltowers
and once you follow and buy The Belltowers you can get a jump on the Bands I will be featuring in the next few weeks by following Hidden Volume Records