EARCANDY FOR A DREAMY HEAD!!
In the dogmatic and ridiculous world of Big Rock Biz, there’s something very comforting about just knowing that a band like Mannheims Bellsparx exists. That feeling comes from the group’s passion of sculpting a sincere and exciting brand of rock noise.
Bellsparx , genuinely appear to be far more like a gang of real, true friends who happened, quite fortuitously, to meet as a result of their mutual love of ― eccentric refreshing rock and jazz that rarely finds airplay in big consumer radio, and who seem to enjoy each other’s company as much as they like designing, producing, recording and playing their own brand of dissonant harmonies.
Bellsparx forays into instrumental never never lands and their own instrumental arrangements of strangely familiar Zeppelin or Beatles songs. which snatch the listener by the ear and send them on a sonic adventure in which they might not want to return. The band members hail from unlikely parts of the world, Steve Kallay New York City, USA, Ralf Philipp Freiburg Germany, Jens Kannengießer Cologne, Germany and Michael Lambertson Dayton Ohio, USA. As one can imagine, with these diverse origins, many influences gush onto a sonic platter and coagulate into savagely beautiful arrangements.
The Bellsparx tools of musical implementation are also very important to the quality and creativity of their music:
Michael’s implementation of Gretsch hollowbodies, vintage Strats and classic Vox AC30s together with Fender Bassman amps and delays, lend muscle as well as a touch of math rock to the musical mixture.
Jens’ inextricably tortured GDR Volksamp and Jap Bass, give the listener the feeling that they are about to be arrested be the Stazi.
Ralfs’ tasteful and highly balanced drumming glue the formation together. But always be on the lookout for some concussive surprises!
Steve’s Hammond B3 and a load of effects lends an unmistakable idiosyncratic quality to round up the Bellsparx sound.
The trademark Bellsparx musical hooks and melodies simply won’t leave you alone no matter how you try to shoo them away.
But beware…..This is not music for the weak hearted!! 90db plus at a distance of 50 feet is commonplace at a Bellsparx engagement.
We look forward to your patronage!! See you soon!!!