Local folk-rockers, Former Belle, have finally released their debut full length this week. Cathedral, dropped this past Tuesday, is an emotional roller coaster in only the best way possible.
With lead singer, Bruno Catrambone’s raw vocals, you’re lead through angsty lyrical content that almost sounds like it belongs in the Saddle Creek era of Bright Eyes and the like. Yet, there’s a bit more emo-twang to even everything out. As a listener, you truly feel as if he’s inviting you to read pages of a personal journal which I thoroughly enjoy.
Tonight, Bruno & Co. will be throwing their release party for Cathedral at Milkboy in Center City. Be sure to get there early, they’ve got a great line-up including Geology and Market East. Check out the event here, and be sure to stream the album from start to finish below.
There’s just something so strikingly sincere about the sound of lead singer, Bruno Catrambone’s voice. Maybe it’s the slight quiver you hear that gives complete life to his words or perhaps it’s that underlying melancholic tone that’s present in each track. Whatever it is, behind the tight instrumentation of his fellow bandmates, Former Belle have shown an immense amount of growth in their newly released single, “Shouldn’t Love.”
It’s a heartbreaking yet completely relatable track that clocks in just under 4 minutes long. I especially love the light and building intro that gives way to many controlled highs and lows all throughout the song. If this is any indication of what their upcoming full length debut, Cathedral, will sound like come February than I’m beyond excited.
Remember our on-going In The Neighborhood series? Well, we’re back and this time we met up with the lead singer of one of Philadelphia’s finest folk-rock acts. Bruno from Former Belle, hung out with us at Penn Treaty down on the east side of Philadelphia.
Watch him play the song, “Sometimes You’re a Ghost,” below and catch more of the band here. Enjoy.
Former Belle just released a new song from their upcoming album, Cathedral, which is fantastic and heartbreaking all in one. “Better Off” leads with lines such as,”there’s something going wrong, it’s only in my head.” The lyrics are conflicting and raw, you can really feel the internal struggle.
Who knew how evocative one could be with brushed percussion, a soft bass line, and crooning vocals?
If you’re around the city this Thursday be sure to catch the guys at World Cafe Live, where they’ll be opening for Peasant.
One of our favorite local acts will be playing live on the airwaves today and we’ve got all the information you need.
Former Belle is a folk-rock three piece that have been exploding with popularity as of late. Bruno, their lead singer, has infectious energy and turns the stage alive. Today, the guys will be on 104.5as part of the station’s Live @ 5 series that promotes local acts each and every Friday evening.
We’ll be there in the audience so, you can probably catch me on this thing. Former Belle are in the middle of recording and laying down their upcoming album. With plans to embark next month on their European tour with Peasant, I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot of news.
In this economy, you never know what’s going to spring up next door, especially in the music scene.
Not too long ago, the owner opened up the doors to the old mausoleum that Mad Decent used to throw their block parties next to as a showroom for the local community in hopes to “bring new and interesting art and performance to Philadelphia.” Not having a chance to check out some of the periodic shows they have already hosted in the space, I finally experienced PhilaMOCA for myself this past Sunday when I went to the Conversations With Enemies / Former Belle / Mitten / Allison Weiss show. What a mouthful.
Anyways, if I knew this was the sort of place you could backpack-it then I probably wouldn’t have gone broke at The Institute down the street (so..heads up you know). PhilaMOCA was just what I expected; a high ceiling gallery space with some interesting architecture. The crowd was all-ages, which I’m sure all of the shows are but it wasn’t terrible. I’d say if you’re nit-picky definitely work your way into the crowd where you’re in a good sonic location. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself next to the left monitors wondering why the levels sound so off.
All around good show and great energy. I’d recommend going to a show with a solid line-up, this isn’t your normal venue where set-times are strictly enforced. In other words, your show may end after midnight. As I check their calendar out, you guys should take a listen to some of what I got to hear over the weekend.
Lets just say due to a certain idiotic landlord, I’ve been without electricity for over 24 hours now. The music and emails have still been flowing though so excuse the interruption in service my friends. PECO claims they will have my most needed utility on by 4pm today. UGH.
Luckily I’ve had some great, bouncy tunes to keep my spirits high. Former Belle classify themselves as “folk love with indie soft.” I dig it. Super dig it. They split time between here in Philadelphia and Boston producing a more contemporary bluegrass sound (they had me at glockenspiel). Take a listen to their uptempo track, “To See About A Girl.”