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B.E.L.L.A. / Press

"With close friend and multi-instrumentalist Derrick Richard, Buckley-Wilson composes everything from touching ballads belted out from deep within her soulful set of lungs (see the video below) to ass-shaking, metallic techno-pop jams meant to induce undulating on the dance floor. Special guest performers join in on drums, guitars, keyboards -- whatever's fair game -- for B.E.L.L.A.'s live performances. When she's not delivering raw, electrifying sets in B.E.L.L.A., channeling favorite artists including Stevie Nicks and Pink, Buckley-Wilson also composes the occasional commercial jingle as well as music for an indie label in Seattle."

“ On her birthday earlier this week, the South City-residing Buckley-wilson responded to a handful of questions, regarding both her band and this weekend’s event. For those unfamiliar, can you give some basic descriptions of your music and your collaborators? B.E.L.L.A. is made up of Derrick Richard and I. I’ll give him some weird abstract picture to describe the mood and he make my audible picture into a reality. We call it “quip”: quirky indie pop. Sometimes it’s blues rock, sometimes it’s bright-colored pop, add a little dubstep and really honest lyrics and you have B.E.L.L.A. We like to think of our music as a mix of Blondie and Tracy Chapman; although Derrick’s NIN man-crush surfaces every now and again. B.E.L.L.A’s music is relatively upbeat. That’s our music in a nutshell. in terms of what instruments and when lyrics come into the picture? Okay, get ready for a TMI. It usually starts in”

“So…we would get together after choir and go over covers we could do, but I found it difficult to really get into most of the covers. Derrick said, “Heather, maybe you should start writing again.” It was like a light switch went on. I hadn’t written in years….almost forgot I knew how. Within a month, we had more than enough material for 2 albums. We started playing with some different sounds. It was electronica, daring, different without losing what could be off-kilter commercial appeal. We call it QuIP- Quirky Indie Pop–It’s a note twisted in an unexpected way, an change of key, an accidental that gives really nice depth. B.E.L.L.A.’s music is a cool mix of a little rap, a little rock, a little electronica, and alot of POP!!! ”