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Former Belle was born in a suburban basement just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
After his first pre-production session, Bruno Catrambone got together with a few friends to sculpt what was to be Former Belle's debut release, the Sounds From the Ground EP. Sounds From the Ground was recorded in three different parts starting in Telford, PA with Producer Ed Myers (Oakline Recording), then to Zionsville, PA with Scott Minner (iHava Studios) and finishing in Doylestown, PA with Chris Radwanski (Drink Up Buttercup, Peasant, White Birds, Night Panther). In a collaborative effort to provide a full live performance with the same energy captured in the recordings, Catrambone teamed up with long-time best friend Patrick Schneider on upright bass who remained a permanent live member after several line-up changes.
Upon the release of Sounds From the Ground, Former Belle hit the east coast spending almost a year promoting and playing as much as possible before making plans for a follow-up full length. During their 2011-2012 run of shows, Former Belle played alongside the likes of Owen, Fences, Colour Revolt, River City Extension, Allison Weiss, Illinois, Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, Mercies, Yarn and more. After a 6-month, runaway retreat to Boston, Bruno embarked on a five-week European tour spanning 7 different countries. He continued playing and promoting the debut EP while debuting new material he had been working on along the way.
After returning home from Europe, Bruno settled back down in Philadelphia with a handful of new songs and a concept for the next record. Calling-up his good friends Kyle Sheva (drums) and Nathan Allebach (bass), Former Belle started to rehearse as a three-piece and develop a new live sound for the next record. During the late fall and early winter months of 2012, Bruno headed back into the studio with Chris Radwanski to finish tracking Former Belle's debut full length, 'Cathedral'. Cathedral's first single, 'Shouldn't Love' was released for free download prior to the LP's full release in early February of 2013.
Bruno is now back at home demoing new songs and preparing to head back into the studio. You can catch him live as Former Belle throughout the summer, playing songs from Cathedral.