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n Spanish, bella means beautiful, and fea means ugly. The portmanteau Bellafea is an oxymoron then. Or is it? Perhaps it’s just a state of being, a statement of truth that avoids distinctions like black or white, off or on, right or wrong. If purity exists, it’s certainly got safer homes than beautiful or ugly. And is it possible to appreciate one—or maybe even to have one—without the other? Maybe Bellafea is vindication, not contradiction.
Chapel Hill three-piece Bellafea fulfills the possibility of its name. The voice of Heather McEntire can coo or curse. Her guitar can sway or slash. Drummer Nathan Buchanan can lock into a popping rhythm or crack it open from its seams. Bassist Eddie Sanchez can ooze into the gaps or flood them. But none of these characteristics are mutually exclusive: Bellafea’s roar can be beautiful, and its whimper can be ugly.
Bellafea’s unlikely back-story fits the name and sound. Heather McEntire was a freshman from the mountains of North Carolina adjusting to her new coastal college and moonlighting with a performance art troupe. She formed an acoustic guitar-and-violin duo and started working at the campus radio station. Fellow DJ Brent Fuscaldo offered to play drums. He quit. Nathan Buchanan joined on bass, then drums. The pair won a local Battle of the Bands. Fame was imminent. But Heather moved to Chapel Hill as the band split an Exotic Fever seven-inch with new friends Des Ark. Nathan quit. First drummer Brent moved closer to Heather and played drums on 2003 EP Family Tree (Pidgeon English). Brent quit Bellafea for Chicago. Nathan moved to Chapel Hill. He joined Bellafea for a second time. They didn’t catch their breath.
Heather and Nathan played and wrote, touring with The Rosebuds and The Mountain Goats. “You don’t see a stage presence like Heather McEntire’s more than a few times in your life,” main Mountain Goat John Darnielle told Pitchfork Media. “She’s unbelievable.”
Darnielle agreed to sing on Bellafea’s first album, which Brian Paulso (familiar from Slint, Superchunk, Wilco, Beck and The Rosebuds) agreed to record. Eddie Sanchez had been doubling on keyboards and bass for a decade with Florida transplants Fin Fang Foom, and he agreed to play bass.
Bellafea recorded. Southern Records signed them. Bellafea will release their debut album Cavalcade, in May 2008. An album that moves in contrasts and dynamics as facts of life. And, if you’ve been paying attention to anything at all, you already know they are.
Bellafea call Chapel Hill, North Carolina – a small college town famed mostly for its booming, influential 90s indie rock scene – home. The rich, independent music history and their subsequent Southern upbringing play obvious roles in structuring their individuality. Bellafea teems with the punk spirit of local townies Superchunk, while the trialing dissonance of Polvo shine through in their string parts. There is an earnest aggression in their music, perhaps channeled from their struggles with the vastly conservative Southeastern United States – the patriarchal, Bible-belt countryside where they grew up. There is resistance, and there is also a secular nod to their heritage and its inevitable and inspiring impact on their songwriting.
Cavalcade could be Bellafea’s “call to arms”. Recorded over two years during multiple sessions with Chapel Hill engineers Brian Paulson and Nick Petersen, focused on the ideas of plurality and layers, friends and enemies, dedication and rejection, decoding the feeling of fight. Bellafea’s urgency and battle cry is apparent; well-known for their captivating sold-out hometown performances, they have gained the loyalty of local musicians/friends John Darnielle (Mountain Goats), Dave Laney (Milemarker), Ben Davis (Sleepytime Trio, Bats & Mice), Daniel Hart (Polyphonic Spree, St. Vincent, John Vanderslice), Eric Moe (Zegota) who all – along with a choir of friends – lend a hand on their debut full-length.
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Downdime are a noisy, psychedelic indiepop band formed in Leeds in 2004. Taking inspiration from the C86/indiepop bands of the 1980s and 90s such as Rocketship, My Bloody Valentine and The Wedding Present, they have so far released two 7 inch singles: Seeds of Hopelessness (Squirrel Records, 2005) and Hate the Morning/Joanne (Squirrel Records, 2006). Album to follow shortly…Singer/guitarist Ged played drums with indie stalwarts Boyracer for several years in the 1990s.
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