Damnably Presents Bellini (US) @ The Brixton Windmill
+ Lazarus Clamp
+ Dead Days Beyond Help
+ Former Utopia
+special Guests TBA
+DJ Set (DJ Set)
Sun 24th Oct, 2010
at London Brixton Windmill..
Price: £4.50 via
22 Blenheim Gardens
London SW2 5BZ
020 8671 0700
over 18s only
Bellini is a rhythmic, tight, beautifully aggressive quartet consisting of Agostino Tilotta, his wife Giovanna Cacciola (both also of Italy's famed Uzeda), bassist Matthew Taylor (the Romulans) and drummer Alexis Fleisig (Girls Against Boys). Though retaining some of the basic elements of their former selves, Bellini are more focused, more structured and more rhythmic than ever before. They embody the true spirit of perseverance and punk rock, making uncompromising, honest music strictly for the brutal love of it.
The Precious Prize of Gravity
It’s been exactly four years since we last heard from Bellini. Four years is a long time, but when you’re husband-and-wife punk rock power couple Giovanna Cacciola and Agostino Tilotta, it can seem like a long holiday in the face of their nearly 25-year career of collaboration. Coming back from holiday, the two reunite with bassist Matthew Taylor and drummer Alexis Fleisig (also of Girls Against Boys) to unleash their third and most thunderous album, The Precious Prize of Gravity.
Recorded as always with long-time collaborator Steve Albini, Precious Prize is Bellini’s most accomplished production yet. Tilotta wraps a hundred notes per minute around the towering, sturdy rhythm section while Cacciola’s poetic lyrics and smoky melodies alternately recall Grace Slick and PJ Harvey.
With no less than four songs centering around the deaths of loved ones (including the heart-wrenching “The Thin Line,” featuring the surviving members of Silkworm), Precious Prize is lyrically Bellini’s darkest album yet. Never wanting to repeat themselves, the songs are more complex and progressive than the comparatively stark Small Stones, with a driving, X-inspired cowpunk vibe throughout.
No doubt the spirits of fallen friends and loved ones informs Precious Prize, but it‘s Bellini’s restless creativity and determination to pay tribute to the past by dragging it into the present that is the real honor here.
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