Bell Hollow

NEWS

April 8, 2009: Bell Hollow's Prids Cover Released.
Bell Hollow's luminescent version of The Prids' "Contact," recorded in late 2008, is now available on the Prids tribute album Dots to Connect: The Music of The Prids, the brainchild of our own Hillary Johnson. This digital-only release brings together 18 bands (including A Place to Bury Strangers, Swann Danger, Autodrone, Entertainment, Sleepmask, and Veil Veil Vanish), donating their time and energy to help their pals in Portland. All proceeds go directly to The Prids to help deal with medical and other expenses resulting from their devastating 2008 van accident.

To go directly to "Dots to Connect" on iTunes, click here.

The five03 page has links to purchase any of the songs from the comp via Amazon.com, eMusic, or Rhapsody, plus complete track listings and credits.

Artwork is available here.


February 14, 2009: Bell Hollow R.I.P.
Bell Hollow's digital-only EP Foxgloves Extras was released by five03 Records at the end of December 2008, and is now available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and eMusic. The EP includes all five of the remixes previously heard on RCRD LBL, plus three previously unreleased Bell Hollow originals from the 2007 Foxgloves sessions ("Peru," "Late at Night," and "Throw Me") which longtime fans might recall from the band's early live performances

We regret to also announce that this marks the end of the road for Bell Hollow. Frontman Nick Niles left the group in December to pursue his own direction, and the band have chosen not to continue. A posthumous EP of Bell Hollow's final recordings may be released later in 2009.

To our many loyal friends and fans, the great bands we shared stages with, and the journalists and DJs who so kindly promoted our music, we say a heartfelt thanks and farewell.


December 28, 2008: Peter Du Charme works his charm on "The Bottle Tree"
A belated holiday gift from Bell Hollow: Please enjoy the final remix in our Foxgloves Extras series on RCRD LBL. Acclaimed composer/producer/DJ Peter Du Charme delivers a delightful electro-new wave alchemization of "The Bottle Tree." See how many classic dancefloor nods you can spot with your ears!

Peter Du Charme has an extensive resume since achieving fame a decade ago (under alter ego Master Cylinder) as the creator of "Jung at Heart," the soundtrack to VW Jetta's classic 1999 "Synchronicity" TV commercial. He has composed further ad music for the likes of Red Bull and Converse, has been a member of the bands Junior Communist Club and New Prime Numbers, and has produced, engineered, and/or remixed a variety of artists, including We Are Scientists, John Wesley Harding's Dynablob 4: Swings and Roundabouts, Star Ghost Dog's albums Happylove and The Great Outdoors, Paula Kelley's "Some Sucker's Life, Pt. 1," Clem Snide, Los Straitjackets, Eugene Mirman, Special Pillow, and Megalynk3.

Bell Hollow cover The Prids
Bell Hollow's version of The Prids' "Contact" will be released early in the new year, as part of the benefit tribute album Dots to Connect: The Music of The Prids.

Foxgloves hits #5 on BigTakeover.com
Steve Holtje over at The Big Takeover was kind enough to place Bell Hollow at #5 in his "Best New Rock Albums of 2008" column. He quotes from his earlier review for Interborough Rock Tribune:
"There is a dark, brooding strain of British '80s rock running from the Cure and the Smiths through Chameleons to Kitchens of Distinction that doesn't get as much critical respect as post-punk or shoegaze. Much of [Bell Hollow's] allure is due to the fantastic guitar sounds Greg Fasolino gets: chiming, shimmering, billowing chords and serrating solos (check out the closing "Lowlights") that fill the soundscape over throbbing bass (Christopher Bollman) and the steady pulses of new drummer Todd Karasik (ex-My Favorite). Equally attractive are the high, keening vocals of Nick Niles; he inevitably gets compared to Morrissey, and while there's certainly grounds for that, Niles's style is without affectation. The match between the contour of the melodies and the timbre of his delivery of them is perfect."

BH en Francais
For those who can read French, there is an interesting Foxgloves review on the MuzzArt site. Bell Hollow also received a nice nod from NotesUnearthed.com.


November 28, 2008: Bell Hollow attacked by a Cruel Black Dove!
Our friends and fellow RCRD LBL artistes Cruel Black Dove have sunk their talons into BH epic "Lowlights," delivering a mutant mix with a dark, claustrophobic, Massive Attack feel.

Called "dark (and immensely sexy) electronic art rock" by The Deli mag, Cruel Black Dove have drawn comparisons to PJ Harvey, Curve, NIN, and Goldfrapp. Their recent Full Powers debut EP, striking video clips, and intense live performances have garnered the NYC foursome significant press attention.

This remix is available for free download on RCRD LBL, and along with its three predecessors (and next month's Peter Du Charme mix of "The Bottle Tree"), will be part of Bell Hollow's imminent digital-only Foxgloves Extras EP (five03 Records).

Bell Hollow on NBC!
If you tuned into NBC's November 6 episode of Kath and Kim, starring Selma Blair, you may have noticed that Bell Hollow's "Copper Crayon (Project Jenny, Project Jan Remix)" was played on the show.

February Show
Bell Hollow will be performing February 7, 2009 at Crash Mansion in NYC with Gotham shoegaze masters Arms and Autodrone, and others.


November 12, 2008: Club NME Show This Thursday Night
Join Bell Hollow tomorrow night, November 13, in celebrating with our friends Autodrone at their CD release party at Club NME at The Annex. Autodrone's fantastic debut full-length Strike a Match was released yesterday on Clairecords. Opening the evening will be psychedelic shoegazers Audn.
The Annex is located at 152 Orchard Street in NYC.
$10.00 cover; 21 and over; doors at 8pm. Presale tickets available via TicketWeb.
Set times: Audn 9pm, Autodrone 10pm, Bell Hollow 11pm

Condolences
Bell Hollow wish to express our sorrow at the untimely death of Ryan Plattsmier, bassist for our five03 Records labelmates, New Orleans post-punkers The Public, who passed away on October 29, age 31.


October 29, 2008: Acclaimed indie-pop/hip-hop producer Phofo has taken Bell Hollow favorite "Getting On In Years" in a totally unpredictable direction, revving up the song to a groovy froth spiced with peppy horns and a summery dance groove.

Download "Getting On In Years (Phofo Remix)" and listen for yourself!

Phofo is best known for his co-production (with Prince Paul) on MC Paul Barman's 2002 album Paullelujah, and has also produced and remixed such artists as MF Doom, The Brittle Stars, I Am the World Trade Center, Mr. Len, Mariachi Los Toros, Jean Grey, Mr. Dead, and Starchild Excalibur, as well as Bell Hollow drummer Todd Karasik's former band My Favorite. Phofo's film and television work includes the scores to CBS cartoon Sushi Pack and animated feature Los Campeones de La Lucha Libra. He also serves as the editor of Samplinglaw.com and as music consultant for public radio program This American Life.

As with the previous two remixes in this series, this track is available for free download on RCRD LBL, and will also be featured on December's digital-only Foxgloves Extras EP (five03 Records).



October 20, 2008: Bell Hollow (Nick and Greg) will be performing a short acoustic set as part of the Laura Kennedy Benefit Show at Cake Shop in NYC next Sunday, October 26, 2008.

Laura Kennedy, original bassist of legendary '80s funky post-punk band Bush Tetras, needs a liver transplant due to Hepatitis C, so it's for a great cause. We go on first so come down early.

This night will feature Bush Tetras (augmented by no-wave legend James Chance, Andy Haas of Martha and the Muffins, and Nona Hendryx) in their final New York show; as well as Certain General, Band of Outsiders, Radio I-Ching (Haas, Chance and Tetras drummer Dee Pop), Command V (Tetras singer Cynthia Sley with Pat Irwin of The Raybeats, Eight Eyed Spy, and The B-52's), The Sediment Club, Mikey IQ Jones, Julian Stockdale, and a closing jam including '70s NYC scene luminaries Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Ivan Julian (Voidoids), Rob Norris (Bongos), Deborah Frost (Brain Surgeons); plus DJ Dirtytrickpony.
Set times: 7:00 Bell Hollow, 7:20 The Sediment Club, 7:45 Mikey IQ Jones, 8:10 Band of Outsiders, 8:40 Certain General, 9:10 Command V, 9:25 Radio I-Ching, 10:00 Julian Stockdale, 10:15 Bush Tetras, 11:30 jam.
$15.00 minimum donation. 21 and over.

For more information on the Laura Kennedy Liver Fund, click here.


September 29, 2008: Bell Hollow have just issued another free remix mp3 on the mega-hip RCRD LBL, a sombre and highly cinematic reformulation of "Eyes Like Planets" by Halo33, the perfect soundtrack to a rainy autumn morning.

Halo33 (aka Barrett Hiatt) is known for his drumming skills (both in the past with His Mighty Robot, and with his current trio Revel Hotel), but has received a lot of attention lately for his imaginative Nine Inch Nails remix work.

Download or stream "Eyes Like Planets (Halo33 Remix)" and be mesmerized.

This track is the second in this monthly series of Bell Hollow remixes, to be combined in December's digital-only Foxgloves Extras EP (five03 Records).

Up next: acclaimed indie-pop/hip-hop producer Phofo's radically bouncy, horn-driven reworking of "Getting On in Years."


August 26, 2008: Bell Hollow on RCRD LBL, Free Remix!
Bell Hollow recently signed with burgeoning online music purveyor RCRD LBL, and will be giving away monthly free mp3s of remixes of songs from Foxgloves, beginning this week with fellow RCRD LBL artists Project Jenny, Project Jan's orchestrated reworking of "Copper Crayon."

Download "Copper Crayon (Project Jenny, Project Jan Remix)" now!

Check out Bell Hollow's page on RCRD LBL here.

This track is the first in a series of remixes (in coming months, look for cool creations by Halo33, Phofo, and others), which will be bundled with three outtakes from 2007's album sessions ("Peru," "Late at Night," "Throw Me") as a digital-only Foxgloves Extras EP, to be released in December 2008 on five03 via iTunes.

The "Copper Crayon" remix mp3 is absolutely free, and any proceeds from download of this track will be donated to benefit Bell Hollow's friends and five03 labelmates, The Prids, who were recently involved in a horrible driving accident while on tour that left several members seriously injured. To make a personal donation to help Portland's finest, follow this link to their website.

New Bell Hollow Photo Session
Acclaimed photographer Oskar Landi recently shot Bell Hollow at his Williamsburg studio. Check out our new promo image and several other pics from this session here on Bell Hollow's website, as well as our MySpace and Facebook galleries.

Brooklyn Show This Wednesday
Reminder: Don't forget that Bell Hollow will be rocking tomorrow night at 9pm at Public Assembly (fka Galapagos), with a fabulous lineup of Gold Streets, Asa Ransom, Silence the Bird, DJs Michael Grace, Jr. and Hot Chocolate Boy, and MC Ben Lehrman.

Latest BH Press
Charles Stepczyk at InsomniaRadio.net posted a Bell Hollow article on August 23, stating: "New York four-piece Bell Hollow has crafted a dark, lush, and somewhat wistful ten song masterpiece in their newest release 'Foxgloves'. The song we are featuring today, 'Copper Crayon', immediately lures the listener down into a dark yet enticingly romantic environ..."The rest can be found here


August 15, 2008: Bell Hollow are playing soon, so mark your calendars!

Wednesday, August 27.
PUBLIC ASSEMBLY, 70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11211.
Bell Hollow perform at 9pm in the back room at the newly renovated Public Assembly (formerly Galapagos) in Williamsburg, with local favorites Gold Streets, Asa Ransom (ex-Death of Fashion), and Silence the Bird (ex-Morning Theft), plus DJs Michael Grace, Jr. (of The Secret History, My Favorite, and Mondo) and Hot Chocolate Boy, and MC Ben Lehrman. $8.00. 21 and over. Poster by Nick Niles, viewable here.

Bell Hollow will be giving away some extra-special free remixes soon, so stay tuned.

In other news, Bell Hollow producer/engineer Hillary Johnson, who has served as the band's live keyboardist for the last two years, has been promoted to band manager.

Musician wanted: Bell Hollow are seeking a keyboard player/backing vocalist for local shows (New York area) and occasional tours. Must also be able to sing backup. The keyboard parts range from synth sounds to piano and Rhodes. Most are written already, but applicant will be asked to embellish and, in the case of newer songs, possibly write parts. Rehearsal space is in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. If interested in auditioning, please reply with links to your website, MySpace page or mp3s of your work. Please respond only if you can both play keyboards *and* sing. Applicants can write to: band@bellhollow.com.


July 15, 2008: New York Underbelly presents Between (a Rock and a Hard Place) party with Bell Hollow this weekend. We plan to do a really different set, debuting some new new songs, and breaking out some old old songs we haven't played in a long time.
Friday, July 18: CRASH MANSION, 199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Bell Hollow performing at 11:15pm. With Georgia post-punks Entertainment at 9:45pm, nocturnal natives Funeral Crashers at 10:30pm, and local shoegazers Soren Well at 9pm, plus resident DJ RekLES and special guest DJs Frankie Teardrop and Hi-Fi Hillary. Open vodka bar from 9-10pm. $5.00 before 11pm, $10.00 after 11pm, or Free admission with RSVP only between 9-11pm. 21 and over. More info here.


June 10, 2008: DJ Mojo and BreakThruRadio.com present "BTR Live!" featuring Bell Hollow, this Saturday, June 14 at Brooklyn's Trash Bar, 256 Grand Street (between Roebling and Driggs) in Williamsburg, at 10pm. Also on the bill, the sultry Cruel Black Dove (11pm), lush neo-shoegazers Desire Lines (9pm), Ludlow Lions (8pm), Appomattox (midnight), plus special guest DJs Blonde on Blonde.

May 20, 2008: Get festive and frolicksome on Saturday night, when Bell Hollow perform at the May 24 "Spring Luau" at Abstraction!, 267 Mineola Boulevard in Mineola. This Long Island new wave/synthpop party features DJs Father Jeff, LeadGold, No-Requests, and Steve C., plus outdoor fire pit, many drink specials, and absinthe service, and for NYC folks, it's only a five minute walk from the Mineola LIRR station. Doors 10pm, party until 4am. $9.00. 21 and over.

Mikel O.D. of the "Most People Are DJs" podcast interviewed Nick and Greg of Bell Hollow before our Northern Lights Lounge performance in Detroit on May 3. Listen to the interview and check out a lovely clip of Bell Hollow's unplugged rendition of "Our Water Burden" from that show here.


May 7, 2008: Bell Hollow will be performing twice on Long Island this month.
First up, an all-ages show at Patchogue-Medford High School provides a chance for Bell Hollow's under-21 fans to catch us live; while for the night-owl clubgoers, there's the "Spring Formal" bacchanal at Abstraction! in Mineola.
Friday, May 9: PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL, 181 Buffalo Avenue, Medford, New York 11763. Presented by Cin-Big Gigs, with Ionia, Airdate, Days Later.


May 2, 2008: Bell Hollow have a last-minute gig announcement!
We are performing tonight at Rok Bar in Toledo, in the fine state of Ohio, with Lost October and Plane to Barcelona.


May 1, 2008: Bell Hollow's latest mini-tour starts tomorrow, with gigs in Buffalo and Detroit.
Thursday, May 1: Mohawk Place, 47 East Mohawk Place, Buffalo, NY 14203, with Bela's Shadow, Viva Noir.
Saturday, May 3: Northern Lights Lounge, 660 West Baltimore Street, Detroit, MI 48202, with Ether Aura, Jennie Knaggs. Presented by Auralgasms.

Not sure yet where exactly Bell Hollow will be on Friday, May 2. We're still feverishly working on booking a show in Toledo, OH that night, though it's far from confirmed (if so, we'll try and send out a last-minute bulletin). You just might see us busking unplugged on the streets of the Motor City instead!

British writer Uncle Nemesis published a perceptive review of Foxgloves in his latest issue of Nemesis to Go. He began by saying "Bell Hollow may hail from New York, but their skill at filtering influences from British 80s indie through the mesh of the twenty-first century might have you believing they're a cool new UK outfit. Guitars chime expansively, the rhythm section stretches like a cat before the fire: there's a sense of space and flow in the music that recalls such luminaries of atmospheric indie as the Comsat Angels, the Chameleons or even - yes - The Smiths. In a way, I'm reluctant to hang such weighty names round the neck of a band that's only just made its first album, but Bell Hollow are entirely capable of holding their own in that exalted company." Read the whole thing (and lots of other interesting reviews) here.


April 21, 2008: Popnoise Festival presents Bell Hollow at Williamsburg art space Supreme Trading, with Philadelphia's Stellarscope and NYC's Autodrone, plus DJ Ryan Skyward (of Project Skyward) spinning shoegaze, psych, dreampop, indie, and post-punk.
Thursday, April 24: Supreme Trading, 213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11211.


April 9, 2008: Bell Hollow have revamped our long dormant website. We think it looks fabulous, so please come take a look at this total remodeling.

We also have a brand-new "Masts" T-shirt design, available for $15.00, with order form on both the site above and our MySpace page.

Bell Hollow will be performing at The Annex in NYC this Saturday night, hitting the stage at 8:00pm sharp and kicking off an absolutely amazing lineup of bands, including Baltimore shoegaze heartthrobs Thrushes and two of New York's finest, the luscious Soundpool and the regal art-punk of The Art of Shooting.

For the musicians out there (or the technically-minded), Patrick Ogle of Gearwire magazine interviewed Bell Hollow, and wrote two articles about our instruments, recording techniques, and dream gear. Read them here:
"Gibson Les Paul 1960 Reissue, Vintage Boss Pedals And More With Bell Hollow"
"Neumann U67, U87, ProTools, A Gibson F-2 Mandolin And More With Bell Hollow"

Frank Deserto wrote a terrific piece on Bell Hollow in the brand-new second issue of Deathrock Magazine.
Choice quotes: "Bell Hollow took to more ethereal soundscapes, mixing the swirling effects of the sorely missed shoegaze genre with the sometimes playful, sometimes wistful edge of classic post-punk and guitar pop...2007 saw the release of their first proper full-length. Entitled Foxgloves, the ten-track record celebrates and expands on the band's influences, which include the Chameleons, Sad Lovers and Giants, and Kitchens of Distinction. Standouts include opening number 'Seven Sisters,' the slow dirge of 'Lowlights,' and 'Eyes Like Planets.'"
Visit the magazine's site for info on what stores carry it and how to order a copy.

Also, Brooklyn Mike over at the BrooklynRocks blog posted a nifty review (with photos) of our Southpaw show opening for the magnificent New Model Army. Check it out here.


March 18, 2008: Bell Hollow will be opening for legendary British alternative rockers New Model Army this Thursday evening! We hit the stage at 8:30pm, so do not be late!

Check out the brand new issue of Mick Mercer's online magazine The Mick, featuring a massive Bell Hollow interview by veteran UK music journalist Mercer. Find out why singer Nick Niles compares the band to a black velvet tiger painting here.

Another cool interview with Bell Hollow also appeared today on the cover page of NYC's The Deli mag, with writer Kenneth Partridge declaring "Bell Hollow may be the perfect band for anyone who wishes they'd been 17 in 1985." Check it out here.


March 13, 2008: Bell Hollow will make their first Asbury Park appearance this Saturday night, March 15, 2008, along with Jersey Shore post-rock instrumentalists Chemtrail.

A half-hour live performance by Bell Hollow and great interview with the band by longtime NYC scenester DJ Mojo will be aired on BreakThru Radio at 12:00pm EST on Friday March 14, 2008. You can listen to it anytime simply by clicking this link. The web radio concert (including fan favorites from both the Foxgloves album and Sons of the Burgess Shale EP) and interview with DJ Mojo were taped last Friday at the BTR studios on West 23rd Street in NYC. For more on the fascinating Mr. Mojo (former member of Swans and the real-life protagonist of the infamous Beastie Boys punk classic "Egg Raid on Mojo") check out his bio and visit his MySpace page.

Bell Hollow's January gig at Mr. Beery's was reviewed by Mike Ferrari in the February 8 issue of Long Island music magazine Aural Fix Communique. You can check out the entire piece on the Aural Fix site, including a whole gallery of photos from that show.

Foxgloves was given a rousing "4 cheap shots out of 5" by Kevin McElvaney in Philadelphia music blog Cheap Shot Philly last week. Read the whole review here.


February 19, 2008: Thanks to everyone who came to see us, booked us, or housed us on our tour last week...it was truly an adventure.

Bell Hollow have just now been nominated for The Deli magazine's "Artist of the Month." We are up against seven other bands, so help us win and get some cool prizes by voting in this poll, open until February 29.

Bell Hollow now have an artist page on Auralgasms Radio (which you should be listening to, anyway). We've been put in rotation, so please request us.


February 5, 2008: Bell Hollow are embarking on our first tour this week! It starts tomorrow, to be exact. So...if you have any friends anywhere near DC, Raleigh, Atlanta, N'awlins, Jacksonville, or Athens, please tell them to come check us out.

Major media outlet NBC4.com in Washington just published a great Bell Hollow article by Chris Gerard in their "The DC Scene" column. Look for upcoming Bell Hollow interviews in The Mick, Gearwire, and The Deli magazine.

In radio news, Bell Hollow's Foxgloves just made XMU's Top 43 of 2007. Quote from the wonderful programmer Tobi: "It's such a great album and it's getting lots of on air love on XMU!" (they are channel number 43 on XM Satellite Radio).

Also, Bell Hollow were chosen as Band of the Month for February on Kool Rock Radio of Lima, Peru.


January 29, 2008: Bell Hollow is playing this Wednesday, January 30 at The Annex in New York City, with cinematically suave duo Misty Roses, the fascinating Maxi Geil! and Playcolt, and our friend and colleague Johnny Quinlan. It's an arty party night with our old Eighties pals Robert Conroy (then of The Children's Zoo, now of Misty Roses) and Guy Richards Smit (then of The Ochrana, now of Maxi Geil).

In other news, New Model Army finally obtained their visas and rescheduled their North American tour, thus Bell Hollow's opening slot at Southpaw in Brooklyn is now set for March 20, 2008.

Latest Foxgloves blog review: Ekko in Berkeley Place (December 19, 2007).

Bell Hollow's been getting some serious love from Deutschland. Here's our recent German press: Benedikt Hofmann in The Last Pop Song(January 24, 2008); and Franz Vojtech in Transmission Magazin(Issue 7, January 2008).

Italy has been hot on the Bell Hollow tip as well: Adriano Hadrianus Moschioni in Versacrum.com(December 2007); and Mr. Moonlight in Erbadellastrega (November 21, 2007).


January 2, 2008: Happy New Year!

Attention all friends and fans of Bell Hollow that dwell on Long Island: We are playing our first show here in a year and a half, so if you're looking for something fun to do on Saturday, January 12, come see us at Mr. Beery'swith a few more cool LI bands, and bring some friends along...

Some "Best of 2007" accolades for Bell Hollow:

"Best Smiths/Cure/Felt/jingle-jangle from Brooklyn, ever" said Dan Loughry, making Foxgloves #3 in his Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2007 in Frontiers Vol. 26, Issue 17, December 2007).

Picking "Eyes Like Planets" as #3 in her Best Songs of 2007 list, Kristen Sollee said "Bell Hollow's "Under the Milky Way" - and I only make such a comparison to convey the stunning sound design and lachrymose lyrical choices that make this song so perfect. Listen and try not to fall in love," in BigTakeover.com (December 30, 2007).


December 23, 2007: Thanks for your support in 2007, and we hope you're having a terrific holiday season. If you need a last minute stocking stuffer, consider our fine CD Foxgloves!

Look for Bell Hollow on tour in 2008...We are in the process of booking gigs at The Khyber in Philadelphia, PA at the end of February (with Apple of Discord), and at The Magic Stick in Detroit, MI in March or April (with Ether Aura).

Wanna see Bell Hollow on the cover of The Deli magazine? The voting power is in your hands. Every year they gives one of their covers to the winning musical artist of their Year End Best of NYC Poll. Please read about it below and follow the link. All you have to do (before December 31) is post Bell Hollow and your email address in the comments section.

Some recent press for Foxgloves: All Music Guide, SonicFrontiers.net, The Big Takeover (Issue 61, December 2007), Leonard's Lair, and Pasta Primavera.


November 10, 2007: Okay, we just made things even easier for you to come to our record release party on November 16. You don't have to go to any sites or print out any flyers. Just come to the Mondo Party next Friday night at Don Hill's, and tell them you're there to see Bell Hollow, and you get in FREE.

November 7, 2007: Come celebrate the release of Bell Hollow's debut full-length CD Foxgloves with a special performance by the band at the Mondo party at Don Hill's, located at 511 Greenwich Street (at Spring Street) in NYC. Mondo features DJs spinning new indie rock and pop, Brit-pop, post-punk, etc., plus giveaways.

Looking ahead a few months, the band will make their first trip down south on February 8, 2008, performing at Lenny's Bar in Atlanta alongside excellent locals Feeding Fingers and Entertainment.

The first wave of reviews for Foxgloves is coming in: Mick Mercer, Frankie Teardrop's Systems of Romance, and Slugmag.com.


September 29, 2007: Thanks to all who came out to see us play last night at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ.

Bell Hollow play New Jersey again tomorrow night, Sunday, September 30, opening for the fantastic Longwave at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Our brand-new full-length album Foxgloves will be on sale at the show! Also on the bill, the intriguing Robbers on High Street.

This week's issue of New York Press features an interview with Bell Hollow.


September 20, 2007: Bell Hollow's debut full-length album Foxgloves is now available for immediate download on iTunes!
$9.90 for the entire album, 99 cents per individual song.


September 14, 2007: Bell Hollow's first full-length CD Foxgloves is now available for $9.98 pre-order through five03 Records. The album's official release date is November 13, 2007, but the pre-orders will ship on October 8, so buy it now and you'll get to hear it a month early! Also look for it on iTunes next week.

Foxgloves contains 10 tracks: 1. "Seven Sisters," 2. "Our Water Burden," 3. "Foxgloves," 4. "Copper Crayon," 5. "Eyes Like Planets," 6. "Jamais Vu," 7. "Getting On In Years," 8. "Storm's End," 9. "The Bottle Tree," 10. "Lowlights."

From our current presskit, written by Kristen Sollee (The Big Takeover):
Bell Hollow's debut full-length, Foxgloves, infuses modern musical currents with a painfully rich romance between shadowy post-punk and shoegaze; the contemplative, bittersweet sensuality of the songs entrances and ensnares with an oceanic pull. Singer Nick Niles' lissome melodies slice through the turbid soundscape of Christopher Bollman's forceful bass, Greg Fasolino's atmospheric guitar lines, and Todd Karasik's emphatic drumming to create stirring, memorable songs.The propulsive "Copper Crayon" is a prime example of Bell Hollow's rare ability to fuse accessible hooks and moodiness, "Our Water Burden" features a wistful, reverb-heavy melody punctuated by percussive picking and stories of love at sea, while "The Bottle Tree" is a drum and bass driven tale of lust turned sour. The lush "Eyes Like Planets" spins a yarn of storybook seduction amidst an expanded tapestry of acoustic guitars, mandolin, and organ. Foxgloves has its classic touchstones (The Cure, The Chameleons, Cocteau Twins, The Smiths), but the sonic, thematic, and lyrical content on the album showcases Bell Hollow's original artistry, positioning them at the forefront of the new wave of dream pop.

Check out sample clips of "Seven Sisters" and "Eyes Like Planets" on our MySpace page.

Unfortunately, our gig at Southpaw next month opening for the legendary New Model Army was postponed due to NMA's visa difficulties, but stay tuned for more Bell Hollow shows this fall, including our record release party and performance at The Annex in NYC in November (also showcasing The Public, our new labelmates from New Orleans).

More imminently, Bell Hollow will be making two appearances in New Jersey at the end of this month: Friday, September 28, 2007 at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ (with The Avowers, Montagna and the Mouth-to-Mouth, and Strange Things Done in the Midnight Sun); Sunday, September 30, 2007 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ opening for the fantastic Longwave (plus Robbers on High Street).


July 18, 2007: The reason you haven't seen or heard from us in over a month is because we've been tucked away in Hoboken making Bell Hollow's debut album... Well, we're coming out of the climate-controlled studio and unveiling a new song or two this Friday night (July 20) at the Necromantic party at The Knitting Factory main stage. 11pm show, followed by sets from DJs Patrick (Albion) and Father Jeff.

In the current issue of Drop Dead Magazine, Seth Styles had this to say about our performance at the festival last September: "Atmospheric post-punk free of teenage trappings and cumbersome gimmicks. 'Shukriya Moon' relies heavily on Greg Fasolino's aqueous guitar that reminds us of the resonating powers of subtlety, while vocalist Nick Niles describes an unexpected evening of white sheet defeats and natural elegance. Bell Hollow remember the past, focus on the most beautiful aspects, and allow this to incubate their own surprisingly intricate identity."

You can click to read a short interview with Bell Hollow in Rock Sellout.


May 30, 2007: This Saturday night, June 2, Bell Hollow will kick off the new monthly "The Happy Dead" party at Club Midway, located at 25 Avenue B (between 2nd and 3rd Streets) in NYC. "A night of old-school goth, deathrock, coldwave, no wave, new wave, post-punk, batcave, minimal wave and more" with DJs Peppermint Pattie (Nostalgia), Frankie Teardrop (Contempt/Funeral Crashers), and (Bell Hollow's own) Hi-Fi Hillary, plus a very special performance by Johnny Quinlan.

April 30, 2007: Bell Hollow make their first New Jersey appearance this Friday, May 4, 2007 at The Loop Lounge in Passaic, with terrific new locals Strange Things Done in the Midnight Sun, plus DJ Evets.

In even bigger news, Bell Hollow have booked studio time in June and July at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ to record their debut full-length album, due out in fall 2007 on five03 Records.


April 9, 2007: Bell Hollow are back again at Southpaw this Thursday, April 12, opening for Philadelphia's reformed Eighties post-punk legends Bunnydrums, who will be making their first appearance in NYC in over 20 years. As Fac193 raved, "Bunnydrums may be one of the best-kept secrets of early Eighties indie music. Their earlier stuff sounds very informed by Joy Division and The Cure while later tunes aim for a more danceable sound (think the funk/new wave era of Gang of Four). If you love post-punk music and think you've mined the Eighties for all it's worth, you may have missed Bunnydrums and might discover a new favorite song or two." This night of gripping post-punk (old and new) will be Bell Hollow's first local show with their new live lineup including drummer Todd (My Favorite) Karasik and synth player Hillary Johnson. Also, intriguing new NJ combo Strange Things Done in the Midnight Sun and DJ Glenn (Blacklist/Wierd). Southpaw is located at 125 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The next confirmed Bell Hollow gig will be June 2, 2007 at the new monthly "The Happy Dead" party at Club Midway, with DJs Peppermint Pattie, Frankie Teardrop, and (Bell Hollow's own) Hi-Fi Hillary.

To check out Gillian Neff's photography from our successful appearance at Philadelphia's Winterfest last month (it was a blast), go here.

Sons of the Burgess Shale is now available digitally on Rhapsody, eMusic, and iTunes!

Prolific music critic J. Edward Keyes (Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, CMJ, Magnet, Newsday) just wrote about Bell Hollow on eMusic's 17 dots blog, calling us "A real treasure for Chameleons fans."


March 25, 2007: Prefer mp3s to CD? Been meaning to pick up some Bell Hollow music? We are very excited to announce that as of this week, our Sons of the Burgess Shale EP (2006, five03 Records) is now available on iTunes. It can be purchased on iTunes as an entire EP for $3.96, or individual songs (1. Sons of the Burgess Shale, 2. Bodies, Rest and Motion, 3. Secret Key, 4. Shukriya Moon) at $0.99 each. Sons is also available digitally on eMusic, and in CD format through five03 Records, Stickfigure Distribution, Amazon.com, etc.

March 15, 2007: Bell Hollow's first performance ever in Philadelphia takes place this Sunday, March 18 at "Winterfest IV." This afternoon arts festival at Ice Box Project Space features legendary reformed Eighties post-punk band Bunnydrums, plus Notekillers and our friends The Opposite Sex. The event is sponsored by InLiquid, Skytop Rover Co., and Star Cellars Inc., and also includes DJs Chris Rogy and Shawn Ryan of Hurrah, an ice carving contest, "Cold Sake Chill Out" tastings, the Shofuso Taiko drumming group, and food and drink from top local restaurants (Goji, The London Grill, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Rustica, Siam Lotus, and Yards Brewing Company). All proceeds from Winterfest IV will benefit the nonprofit artist organization InLiquid. Ice Box Project Space is located at The Crane Building at 1400 North American Street in Philadelphia. Doors open at 1pm, The Opposite Sex at 2pm, Bell Hollow at 3pm, Notekillers at 4pm, Bunnydrums at 5pm. Admission is free.

The "Winterfest" performance marks the debut of Bell Hollow's new live lineup featuring Todd Karasik on drums and Hillary Johnson on synth.

Other upcoming shows:
April 12, 2007 at Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY, with Bunnydrums (opener TBA).
June 2, 2007 at the new monthly "The Happy Dead" party at Club Midway, with DJs Peppermint Pattie, Frankie Teardrop, and (Bell Hollow's own) Hi-Fi Hillary.

The latest excellent review for Sons of the Burgess Shale is in the December "In Rotation" of Morbid Outlook Their columnist Mistress McCutchan said: "Post-punk meets shoegazer; this album would have fit on 4AD very nicely back in the day of Xymox and Wolfgang Press. This Brooklyn-based outfit touts in their biography that they make "atmospheric rock to burn love letters to" and I am prone to agree. My complaint is that Sons of the Burgess Shale is too short and I look forward to hearing more."

The title track from Sons just received its first podcast play in the UK, on Earwax Radio, a downloadable underground/alternative music show broadcast from London.

Also check out Bell Hollow's pages on Last.fm and Haystack.com.


December 26, 2006: Drummer Todd Karasik (ex-My Favorite) joins Bell Hollow!

Bell Hollow have found the perfect replacement for our departed friend Hayden Millsteed. The new guy behind the drumkit is Todd Karasik, aka Todbot, formerly the longtime drummer for LI/Brooklyn indie-pop cult heroes My Favorite. We plan to be playing shows with the new Bell Hollow lineup (also including producer Hillary Johnson on synth) early in 2007.

Bell Hollow's page on MySpace has been thoroughly revamped, including tons of new photos and reviews. We've also added another song to the music player: "Shukriya Moon" is the heady, mysterious finale of our Sons of the Burgess Shale EP, and a favorite of fans and band members alike. Go have a look and a listen, and order a copy of the EP if you haven't done so already.

Four fantastic new reviews for Sons:

All Music Guide (November 2006): "From the first dramatic sweep of the synth, 10 seconds into Sons of Burgess Shale's title track, one is catapulted across the Atlantic and back in time a quarter of a century. The funk fueled bass line, stuttering drum pattern, and shadowed atmosphere heighten the effect, surely Bell Hollow have crawled out from the wreckage of the British post-punk, pre-New Wave scene. This, the band's sophomore release, is yet another tribute to that highly innovative, yet quickly forgotten (until recent times) musical hiccup between the death of punk and the international success of the New Romantics. The title track hones in on the more dance-fired end of the spectrum, pulling together the swirling sounds of goth with the funk-fired rhythms of the disco, with a dusting of more modern styles that draw a straight line between the past and present. "Bodies, Rest and Motion", in contrast, brilliantly connects all the dots between the eclectic styles of the age, from the proto-gothrockers through the post-punkers with atmospheres (i.e. The Cure), and even future stadium rockers like U-2. "Secret Key" unlocks even more doors, winding down gothic alleys to discover that genre's connections to rock-a-billy, and thus Morrissey, Gene, even Radiohead, and with a couple of "whoo-hoos" Blur. The guitar laced "Shukriya Moon" tips a hat to Television, Japan (inevitably, and even Ryuichi Sakamoto. Darkly shimmering atmospheres drench the entire set, but it's the strong rhythms and astute interplay between the synth and guitar that are the building block of Bell Hollow's haunting, evocative sound. The lyrics, suitably obscure, mean nothing and everything, leaving plenty of opportunity for listeners to wrestle and read what they will into them. A fabulous set, a dissection of an entire age, and a wonderful reimagining of times long gone and yet to come." - Jo-Ann Greene

LiarSociety (December 6, 2006): "On Sons of the Burgess Shale, Bell Hollow capture the sonic spirit of 80s British post-punk and alt rock. Their songs are driven by precise bass lines and drumming, with the guitar lines offering chorus-laden punctuations and piercing counterpoint. The vocals are emotive, tending toward melancholy and regret, nearly reaching a Morrissey-esque croon at some points. Think Echo and the Bunnymen, think The Chameleons, think a dash of shoegaze and The Smiths, and yet Sons of the Burgess Shale has its own essential character. Think of this as a continuation of that musical vein, not a revival. This is atmospheric rock to burn love letters to. Can't wait to see what they can do with a full-length release." - Jack

Westword (December 7, 2006): "While so many latter-day post-punk bands fall all over themselves trying to mimic the more danceable moments of a Gang of Four record, Bell Hollow chooses to embrace atmosphere and mood. The act's songs -- which sound like the Chameleons playing haunted tunes in an abandoned church -- are filled with otherworldly melodies and warmed by urgent rhythms." - Tom Murphy

The Deli Magazine (December 11, 2006): "Bell Hollow is serious music. Rich and layered, the sound is a blend of steady drumming, dramatic base lines, subtle and equally salient synthesizers. The finished product is, in effect, both emotionally probing and light as a feather on the ears. Brit pop influences offer hope to misbegotten Smiths and New Order devotees. Bassist Christopher Bollman and guitarist Greg Fasolino are themselves seasoned veterans of the post punk genre: both gained underground success during the 80s as members of The Naked and the Dead and The Children's Zoo. In "Getting on in Years", lead vocalist Nick Niles even performs in ironic self-reflection as he evaluates what it means to sing "the same old song". Nevertheless, Bell Hollow can hardly be considered a revivalist flash in the pan. With Nick Niles on lead vocals and Hayden Millsteed on drums, the music culminates in a moving crash of tempo and expressive sound all their own. Bell Hollow achieves a beautiful sadness that is sure to be lauded by melancholic rockers, young and old." - megD

And a great writeup on our Drop Dead Festival performance from September:
Nemesis to Go (Issue #2, December 2006): "Taking their cue from what you might call the Bunnymenesque end of things, Bell Hollow are all about atmosphere and understated drama. Their songs exist on the cusp of tension and resolution, on that fine line between the cerebral and the visceral. You can taste the influences here and there: the aforesaid Bunnymen are definitely represented in the recipe, plus a touch of the Comsat Angels, a morsel of Morrissey, perhaps. But the band have their own identity. You can tell where they're coming from, but the place where they're going is all their own." - Uncle Nemesis


November 22, 2006: Bell Hollow at Southpaw next week: Hayden's Bon Voyage Bash!

It's Hayden Millsteed's Going Away Party! Come wish the man behind the drumkit "bon voyage" for his return to Australia, and see his final performance with Bell Hollow, at our Park Slope local, the one and only Southpaw, next Wednesday night, November 29, 2006. Bell Hollow onstage at 11pm. Also playing, our post-punk compadres Blacklist at 10pm, and Mesmer at 9pm, plus DJ Hi-Fi Hillary (aka Bell Hollow's masterful producer and live synthmeister). Doors at 8pm; $8.00; 18 and over. Southpaw is at 125 5th Avenue in Brooklyn. Poster design by Christopher Bollman.

Sons of the Burgess Shale was given a fantastic review by Mike Pearlstein in the brand-new issue (#59, Decemberists cover) of one of our favorite music magazines, The Big Takeover.
Check it out: "Bell Hollow, four men with very real pasts in music, have a strong emotional tie to the great bands of the mid eighties and early nineties. Sure, the mood and guitar playing on 'Sons Of The Burgess Shale' will remind many of us of myriad guitar bands we adored as kids, but it's also (at least, I'll argue this) the best kind of dark-hued, reflective, guitar-driven vocal music. I won't even call it pop or rock... it's simply damn good music. The eponymous opener is a rock-solid grower,with Greg F.'s echoing guitar slowly mesmerizing,as the bass line holds it all together. Nick Niles' vocals will also bring a tinge of nostalgia to older ears,especially BT readers weaned on Comsats, The Sound and Chameleons. 'Bodies, Rest And Motion' and 'Secret Key' strongly fill out the EP's middle, while the lithe, gorgeous closer 'Shukriya Moon' cements the fact that Bell Hollow are no mere loyalists,but have their own tricks up their sleeves."


November 8, 2006: Bell Hollow return to Boston for a show at the Abbey Lounge, with two excellent local indie bands, Mako and Dead Heat. Abbey Lounge is at 3 Beacon Street in Cambridge, MA. $7:00; Bell Hollow onstage at 11:30pm. Poster design by Nick Niles.

If you haven't already picked up a copy of our new EP, Sons of the Burgess Shale, it was just officially released and can be purchased directly from our label's website.

Another great review for "Sons" in Leonard's Lair: "The lead-off title track's yearning vocals and grinding guitars strive and achieve the deepest melancholia. 'Bodies, Rest And Motion' features a mesmeric hook that would do The Chameleons proud."


October 24, 2006: Come celebrate the official release of Bell Hollow's "Sons of the Burgess Shale" as we perform at the Marie Antoinette Masquerade Halloween Party presented by Tiswas. The Tiswas party is at The Annex on 152 Orchard Street in New York City. We go onstage at 11pm. $10.00 at the door; 21 and over. The event will be sponsored by Filter magazine, hosted by Ron M., and include DJs Nick Marc, Spiky Phil, and DNA (Dawn and Audra). There's also a Pilsner Urquell open bar from 10-11pm. Don't forget to wear a costume! Dress code: Marie Antoinette, Gangs Of New York, Jack The Ripper, Dead Rock Stars, Pirates and Highwaymen. The best Marie Antoinette costume wins a prize of tickets to Filter's CMJ party featuring Bow Wow Wow. Bell Hollow will also be giving away some goodies.

The Sons of the Burgess Shale EP will be officially released on new Brooklyn indie label five03 Records on October 31, 2006. The CD will be on sale at the party, so buy yours a few days early!

This Thursday, October 26, at noon, please tune into East Village Radio for Bell Hollow's first radio interview appearance. From 12pm-2pm, Nick Niles and Greg Fasolino of Bell Hollow will be the guests of Echo Danon and her excellent show "Dead Beat." We'll be doing a bit of guest DJing as well, playing some rare tunes from our collections.

Also check out the first published interview with Bell Hollow, in the terrific Anti-Mag.

Some new reviews for Sons:

Chris at Bluespace Radio made us Indie Artist of the Week, and raved: "The past 5 years have brought a flurry of bands inspired by the new wave and post-punk of the early 80's -- some have been great, and some painfully derivative. NYC-based Bell Hollow is one of the good ones - they aren't your typical 4-piece coming together over their love of old Cure and Echo and The Bunnymen CDs. Members of Bell Hollow were actually part of various post-punk bands back in the day, and this experience brings a level of confidence and subtlety that is missing from acts who are simply attempting to record modern versions of "How Soon is Now", "Rio" or "Love Will Tear us Apart." The 4 tracks on the EP "Sons of the Burgess Shale" are definitely post-punk in character - - - - maybe a little Joy Division and The Smiths, but to my ears they are more on par with Comsat Angels stylistically. The high point might be "Secret Key", a darkly melodic track with a driving rhythm and a powerful sense of drama. All 4 tracks are strong, though, which makes "Sons of the Burgess Shale" an easy choice for someone looking for music that harkens back to the 80's, but does so in a way that doesn't seem like a cheap attempt to hop onto the revivalist bandwagon."

Young Poisoner's Handbook said: "This is hands-down, the best thing I've heard in a long time. Think: Sad Lovers and Giants, Chameleons UK and The Queen Is Dead-era Smiths..."

Parklife of the German blog Coast Is Clear said: "Bell Hollow aus Brooklyn machen mit dem Titel ihrer Debuet-EP 'Sons of the Burgess shale' (Mark Burgess ist/war der Sänger der Chameleons) schon mal klar, wohin die Reise geht: Wavegitarren ohne Ende, hin und wieder mal eine Prise The Cure oder Tears for Fears. Also alles richtig schoen 80er, alles richtig cool.."

Two other upcoming shows: November 15 at Abbey Lounge in Cambridge, MA (with Mako and Dead Heat), and November 29 back in Brooklyn at Southpaw (with Blacklist, Mesmer, and DJ Hi-Fi Hillary) for drummer Hayden Millsteed's Going Away Party (it will be his farewell show with Bell Hollow prior to moving back to Australia).


September 18, 2006: Preorders of Bell Hollow's Sons of the Burgess Shale EP are now shipping. Please buy one, it's only $6.00 and we could really use the support! To get your copy, simply stroll over to five03.com and eternal bliss will be yours.

Thanks to everyone who saw either of our two sets at Drop Dead Festival earlier this month; we had entirely too much fun.

Bell Hollow will be taking a short break from live shows until our record release party in NYC, which will likely be in early November. Stay tuned for all the fun details.

Sons of the Burgess Shale officially hits the racks (and iTunes) on Halloween, so naturally, we'd like to support it with as much gigging as possible in November, especially out-of-town dates. We're working on Philly, DC, and Boston, but if anyone has any suggestions, please let us know. Which brings us to the other big reason we'd like to do as many shows as we can in November:

As some of you already know, the man, myth, and magic that is Bell Hollow drummer Hayden Millsteed will be moving back to his native Australia on December 1, 2006. More than just a bandmate, we love Hayden like a brother, and though we understand and support his desire to return home after seven years of wandering, we will miss him terribly, from his unique Aussie humor, to his brilliantly deft drumbeats. Nevertheless, Bell Hollow must forge ahead and find his replacement. Rather than waiting to look until December, we're starting our search process now, so that after he leaves, we can transition to a new lineup. If you know any good drummers in the New York area that would fit our style, please forward them to our website or MySpace.

New merch! Bell Hollow T-shirts are now available for $12.00. These high-quality black tees (in men's S, M, L, and XL and women's S, M, L) come in two designs: "Cephalopod" (in blue, white, or pink), and "Monkey Paw" (in blue or white). All orders will receive a free Bell Hollow button, such as the new propeller-style design.

The glowing reviews for Sons are starting to pour in:

Mick Mercer said: "So good it has to be illegal... Had Bell Hollow existed in the dizzy days of 80's press hysteria, fanboy journalists would have gushed so much the band would have been driven back by the force of superlatives. This record sounds to me like what the Postcard bands never actually managed because they went all foppish and coy. It is indie music of ravishing beauty but with added power, and you all need a copy..." You can read his entire review here.

Joshua Pfeiffer of Post-Punk.com stated: "I'm just going to be straightforward here and say that New York based Bell Hollow have recorded one of the most authentic post-punk releases in quite awhile. No mere revivalists. One might expect The Chameleons 2.0, and while there certainly is quite a bit of that influence floating through these tracks, comparisons to a few other not so obvious 80's Post-Punk artists such as Sad Lovers and Giants, Lowlife, and The Comsat Angels abound. Regardless these songs all have that ethereal dreamlike quality that made those artists so timeless..."

Korngan of Spain's BatCult zine also weighed in, en espanol: "Gratisima sorpresa el disco de Bell Hollow...lo forman cuatro temas que bien podrian servir de avance para un posterior larga duracion que sin duda continuara la linea ese 'revival' postpunk tan en auge y en boca de todos. Habia leido que este disco podria recordarnos a algunos de los trabajos de The Cure en la onda al Faith o Pornography y en parte tenian razon pero tambien al escucharlo me vienen a la mente algunos cortes de Joy Division, Chameleons y Cocteau Twins con un cierto aire britanico."

We even got a very perceptive nod from Charles-A. Rovera on his Multiple Sclerosis Blog: "I came across an unusually named tune, "Sons of the Burgess Shale," by an unusually named band, "Bell Hollow." I've read "Wonderful Life" by Stephen Jay Gould, and it of course caught my attention. Hell, we're all sons of the Burgess Shale. That's where the richness and diversity of ectomorphic shapes was truly evident. Some cataclysmic event wiped all of them out except the shape all multicelled organisms now respect. Okay, I wondered. What could this be about? I was rewarded by some fascinating music by this band based in Brooklyn, NY."

The stalwart Kristen Sollee wrote about the Blacklist/Bell Hollow show at Mercury Lounge in a recent BigTakeover.com column: "The most vital show I've seen recently...BELL HOLLOW conjured up the shadow-laced post-punk of the past with a forward-thinking freshness devoid of retro cliche...Its rare to find new music so heavy and yet so heavenly and light at the same time." Entire review here.

Watch out for upcoming Bell Hollow interviews in Anti-Mag and Drop Dead Magazine, and EP reviews in The Deli and The Big Takeover print mag.


September 3, 2006: Just a reminder: tonight's Bell Hollow performance at The Knitting Factory, kicking off the third night of Drop Dead Festival IV, will be at 6:40pm, so don't be late! Doors open at 6. We'll be selling CDs and t-shirts as well!

August 18, 2006: Drop Dead Festival IV at The Knitting Factory is here in just two weeks!
This Labor Day weekend extravaganza (September 1-3) showcases over 50 deathrock, post-punk, goth, punk, psychobilly, surf, and experimental bands, including new wave legend Lene Lovich and such other luminaries as Ausgang, Cinema Strange, Holy Cow, Siiiii, Autonervous, Bohemien, Screaming for Emily, and Cult of the Psychic Fetus.
Bell Hollow play first on Sunday, September 3. We hit the stage at 7pm sharp, so don't be late! You can also pick up a copy of our new Sons of the Burgess Shale EP directly from us, along with our first Bell Hollow T-shirts (two different designs), and issue 2 of Drop Dead Magazine (featuring several articles by guitarist Greg Fasolino).
As for the rest of the Fest, there's a smorgasbord of sound on deck each night from 7pm through the wee hours of the night, on three levels: The Forbidden Zone main stage upstairs, the Tikki Room below it, and the 6 Feet Under Dance Club downstairs (featuring DJs from around the world like Deathrock.com's Mark Splatter, among others).
Friday night's lineup includes Lene Lovich in performance with longtime guitarist Les Chappell; two reformed icons of '80s UK goth, Ausgang and the incredible Siiiii; confrontational local tribal post-punks Din Glorious; Phantom Limbs spinoff Loto Ball; and the probable final shows of theatrical California deathrockers Cinema Strange.
Saturday afternoon at 3pm is a special screening of 1980 cult classic Forbidden Zone plus Q/A session with director Richard Elfman (brother of composer Danny, who stars in the film) and music by Loto Ball.
Saturday night features a host of psychobilly bands led by vets The Quakes; additional performances by Ausgang and Cinema Strange; the synth-tinged drama of reunited '80s New Jersey goth-rockers Screaming for Emily; and our Atlanta friends, marvelously bleak post-punk combo Entertainment.
Sunday eve begins with Bell Hollow, and can I mention how honored we are to be opening for the divine Ms. Lovich? I can still remember when I first got into punk and new wave in 1981, hearing the fresh, seductive whir of Lene's "New Toy" on the radio. She performs this night with a full band, which is a rarity! Also: two more '80s reunions, Lovecraftian New England noise-rockers Holy Cow and Italy's romantic Bohemien; dark shoegaze masters Submarine Fleet from Portland, OR; throbbing Crampsian ghouls Cult of the Psychic Fetus from Ohio; avant-folk Cinema Strange side project The Deadfly Ensemble; and hot new post-punk outfits Signal and Report from Minneapolis and The Opposite Sex from DC; plus a "DIY Showcase" anti-fashion show.
Advance tickets are available at the Knitting Factory box office, or online (in a nice variety of packages). The Drop Dead site also provides a complete schedule of events as well as information on travel and accomodations.


August 17, 2006: Five03 Records presents: The Prids and Bell Hollow at Brooklyn's terrific club Southpaw. We've been looking forward for a long, long time to opening for our fabulous friends and fellow five03 recording artists The Prids from Portland. Bell Hollow onstage at 10pm; The Prids at 11pm.
Our new EP Sons of the Burgess Shale will be available for purchase at the Southpaw merch booth, as will The Prids excellent new album Until the World Is Beautiful.
Also playing, Brooklyn's darkly sharp Brit-pop quartet Moto:Rosa at 9pm. Doors at 8pm; show $8.00. Southpaw is at 125 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Poster design by Christopher Bollman.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's complete newsletter preview of the fantastique Drop Dead Festival, which Bell Hollow will be a part of.


August 1, 2006: I don't think it's an understatement to say that Bell Hollow are thrilled to be making our first appearance at NYC's acclaimed club The Mercury Lounge this Sunday night. Come beat the heat, we're performing nice and early at 8pm. Even cooler, we're playing with our friends, the astonishingly great post-punk combo from Brooklyn known as Blacklist; they go on after us, at 9pm, plus Days Awake (10pm) and The Failed Alliance (7pm). The Merc is at 217 East Houston Street. The show is $8.00 and 21+. Our thanks to Glenn from Blacklist for making this happen. Poster design by Nick Niles.

August 1, 2006: Bell Hollow's Sons of the Burgess Shale EP is now available for pre-order on five03 Records. Four richly atmospheric songs that will take you places you've never been before, including the cinematic title track and pulsating nocturne "Bodies, Rest and Motion," plus the pounding "Secret Key" and ethereal "Shukriya Moon." At only $6.00, this is an essential purchase for admirers of the band's bittersweet mood music. Please buy it, really! Simply visit five03.com for details, or get it from us at gigs starting a few weeks from now.
The EP's official release will be in October 2006, when it will become available from distributors, iTunes, etc.

Also check out photography by our friend Elizabeth Daggar of Electrofork, who recently shot some great new Bell Hollow images in scenic Red Hook, Brooklyn.


July 28, 2006: Bell Hollow and friends are doing our part to ensure that there's more to Long Island's music scene than just Billy Joel, hardcore relics, bad cover bands, and a thousand and one emo-punk groups. Sick of the emo boys? Then come see the men of Bell Hollow tomorrow night, playing their uniquely intense blend of post-punk, new wave, and shoegaze at the wonderful Mr. Beery's of Bethpage, where the brews are cold and the bands are hot. We perform at 11pm, preceded by Travis Raab (of Great Neck) at 9pm, our pals His Mighty Robot (of Uniondale) at 10pm. The Cadavers (of Sea Cliff) close out the night at midnight. Mr. Beery's is at 4019 Hempstead Turnpike (near Route 107) in Bethpage. Admission is $5.00. Poster design by His Mighty Robot.

Meanwhile, Drop Dead Festival IV at The Knitting Factory is coming up soon (Labor Day weekend), with more exciting bands than you can shake a magic wand at. Why haven't you ordered your advance tickets yet? Visit their site without delay to rectify this oversight...

Bell Hollow's upcoming EP, Sons of the Burgess Shale, will be available everywhere this fall on five03 Records. Next month you'll be able to buy it from us at gigs, and five03 will be taking preorders very soon. Stay tuned for all the details on how to purchase the EP, as well as pics from our recent photo session in Red Hook with artist Liz Daggar.


July 17, 2006: "Post-punk revival bands can leave me frustrated. They're a cliff notes version of a life-altering text. Bell Hollow is the next chapter in that text." - Basim Usmani

Check out two songs from Bell Hollow's first official EP Sons of the Burgess Shale right now on our MySpace: the cinematic title track and pulsating nocturne "Bodies, Rest and Motion."
You can also hear a more pristine mp3 of "Sons" (without the MySpace compression) on our website.
Sons of the Burgess Shale: four richly atmospheric songs that will take you places you've never been before.
Available August 2006 on five03 Records.
Cover design by Nick Niles.


July 13, 2006: Tonight's Bell Hollow show cancelled: The Curse of Fat Baby!
Due to myriad events beyond our control (from the band who set up the show bowing out unexpectedly, and our van breaking down, to what appeared to be chaos, uncertainty, and disorganization at the club), Bell Hollow have reluctantly cancelled our performance at Fat Baby this evening. Our apologies to anyone who had planned to attend.

Look for us instead at Mr. Beery's on Long Island on July 29, Southpaw in Brooklyn with our five03 labelmates The Prids on August 24, and an amazing show with headliner Lene Lovich at the Drop Dead Festival at NYC's Knitting Factory on September 3.


July 7, 2006: All you Manhattanites, come see Bell Hollow return to Fat Baby next Thursday night, July 13, 2006. We perform at 10pm, preceded by Boston's atmospheric popsters The Break Mission at 8pm, and excellent Rhode Island post-punk noir with The Cold War at 9pm. Brooklyn indie-rockers The Nailbiters round out the evening at 11pm. Fat Baby is at 112 Rivington Street, New York, NY. $6.00.

Other upcoming shows: Mr. Beery's on Long Island on July 29, Southpaw in Brooklyn with our five03 labelmates The Prids on August 24, and the Drop Dead Festival at NYC's Knitting Factory on Labor Day weekend. We're also working on an August gig in Asbury Park, NJ.

Our EP has been given a final remix and awaits mastering. Stay tuned for music samples...


June 24, 2006: Bell Hollow sign to five03 Records; EP due in August!

Bell Hollow have signed to new Brooklyn indie label five03 Records, soon to be acclaimed as home of The Prids (and that great band's imminent second CD Until the World Is Beautiful).

Five03 will be releasing Bell Hollow's first official EP, Sons of the Burgess Shale, in August 2006. The four richly atmospheric songs will take you places you've never been before, traveling far beyond the one-dimensional confines of our humble demo disc from last autumn. The EP will be available directly from five03's site, from various distributors, at our merch table at gigs, and on iTunes. Expect an advance streaming sample song on our MySpace shortly...

In other news, Bell Hollow's first live appearances in New England are finally here.

Bell Hollow's first Boston show takes place next Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at the Upstairs of legendary club The Middle East. We are playing with headliners Amber Spyglass, featuring former Opium Den guitarist John DeGregorio and vocalist Kelly Godshall weaving an exotic tapestry of dark alternative rock; plus masterfully moody post-punk combo The Glass Set (Banshees meet Blondie?), and local chanteuse Sarah Rabdau. The Middle East is at 472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. Bell Hollow perform at 10:15. Doors at 8pm, 18 and over, $8.00.

Bell Hollow's first trip to Rhode Island is on Sunday, July 9, 2006 at Club Hell. We're excited to be playing with our longtime partners in crime The Brides, along with horrorpunks Blitzkid and The Automatons, plus DJ Lovecraft. Club Hell is at 73 Richmond Street, Providence, RI 02903. Doors at 8pm, 18 and over, $10.00.

We will also be playing at Fat Baby in NYC on July 13 and Mr. Beery's on Long Island on July 29, and will be opening for The Prids at Southpaw in Brooklyn on August 24.

Band photo (Bell Hollow live at The Delancey, February 2006) by Glenn Maryansky.


April 28, 2006: Bell Hollow will be performing next Saturday night, May 6, 2006, at a Drop Dead Magazine release party at the infamous Albion in NYC.
Our set is at 11pm.
Other treats this evening include California's dark cabaret troupe The Deadfly Ensemble at midnight, a guest acoustic performance by Frank the Baptist, and to start things off at 10pm, the debut performance by tribal "post-punk drunkards" Din Glorious. The latter features the inimitable Lakini Malich, who is also guest DJing along with Drop Dead maven Polina Y, so expect lots of old-school goth and post-punk instead of Albion's usual electronic fare.
Come before 10:30pm and you'll receive a free issue of Drop Dead Magazine (which features a fantastic Bell Hollow writeup by Lakini, as well as Bell Hollow guitarist Greg's Fasolino's interview with Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins) and other cool giveaways.
To be on the reduced guest list ($5 off), send your name and email address to nydecay (at hotmail.com).
Albion is at 251 West 30th Street in NYC.

In other major Bell Hollow news, we will be entering The Seaside Lounge studio in Brooklyn next week to record a new EP, our first official and commercially available release. Expect to hear it soon!


April 17, 2006: Bell Hollow play Long Island again this Friday night, April 21, 2006 at Nocturnal Creatures.
The show will also feature our stellar "goth twang" friends The Lost Patrol, plus DJs spinning '80s, new wave, synth-pop, etc. We hit the stage at 10:30pm, The Lost Patrol at 11:30pm.
Nocturnal Creatures is at Metasin, at 2715 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown.

Also count on seeing us perform next month at the Drop Dead Magazine release party in NYC.


March 31, 2006: Our thanks to all who caught Bell Hollow's short but fun performance last night at Galapagos. For those who did not, you'll get another chance this very Sunday, April 2, at Fat Baby in NYC.
We go onstage at 10pm.
Make sure you get there by 9pm to see our friends, the mesmerizing masters of "goth twang from metroburbia" known as The Lost Patrol. Rounding out the bill is Ty Smith at 8pm.
Fat Baby is at 112 Rivington Street in Manhattan.

Our latest press is from Nghia on the Crackers United blog, who said: "I've been listening to Brooklyn's Bell Hollow self titled EP alot lately. To me, their music is reminiscent of Faith and Pornography era Cure with a little mix of a gloomier version of The Church. Plus for some weird reason they give me deja vu feelings of Xymox vocals. I'm curious as to whether or not more keyboards will be incorporated into their music to fill out their sound even further. Fans of the (hiss!) darkwave sound, Bell Hollow will definitely grab your attention. If you're not, they're still worth a long listen..."


March 29, 2006: Sorry to bombard you all with messages, but we were just informed of a last-minute change to the set times for "Re:Zombified" at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn tomorrow night.
Bell Hollow will now be going on at 8:00pm.
The other acts will be on as follows:
The Automatons (8:55pm)
The Kominas (10:10pm)
Sasquatch and the Sick-a-Billys (10:45pm)
Schizoid Sluts film (midnight)
Funeral Crashers (12:30am)
The New Minority (1:25am)


March 29, 2006: See Bell Hollow perform tomorrow night (March 30) at the "Re:Zombified" Troma fundraiser and zombie spectacular at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn.
We go onstage at 10pm.
This evening's festivities will also include The New Minority (8pm), The Kominas (9pm), The Automatons (10:45pm), a midnight premiere screening of the film Schizoid Sluts, the notorious Funeral Crashers (12:30am), Sasquatch and the Sick-a-Billys (1:30am), and DJs Lovecraft and Delicti.
This wild event is just $7.00 and if you come dressed as a zombie, you might just win a prize!
Update: The show is now 18+ rather than all-ages. Galapagos is located at 70 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


March 15, 2006: Mark your calendars! Four shows by Bell Hollow on the horizon...

Bell Hollow have not one but four big shows coming up, including two gigs with the fabulous Lost Patrol and our first road trip to Boston.

Details:

MARCH 30, 2006 at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. The "Re:Zombified" Troma fundraiser and zombie spectacular will also feature our pal Basim's ferocious new Pakistani punk rock band The Kominas, as well as the notorious Funeral Crashers, plus The Automatons, The New Minority, Sasquatch and the Sick-a-Billys, and DJs Lovecraft and Delicti. We'll likely hit the stage around 9pm. This wild all-ages event is just $5.00 and also boasts a midnight premiere screening of Schizoid Sluts from Planet Fucktard. Come dressed as a zombie and heck, you might just win a prize! Galapagos is located at 70 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

APRIL 2, 2006 at Fat Baby in NYC. Don't miss this one! We're extremely honored to be playing for the first time with our friends The Lost Patrol, a mesmerizing outfit dubbed "goth twang from metroburbia" (imagine the Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie, and Duane Eddy jamming with Morricone and Badalamenti and you'll get the idea). We go on at 10pm, but make sure you arrive at 9pm to catch the haunting desert drone of The Lost Patrol. Also on the bill is Ty Smith at 8pm. Fat Baby is at 112 Rivington Street in Manhattan.

APRIL 21, 2006 at Nocturnal Creatures @ Metasin in Levittown, NY. Our return to Long Island, and second show with The Lost Patrol, plus DJ Kenyon spinning '80s, new wave, synthpop, indie, and other old-school hits. Should be intensely fun.

JUNE 28, 2006 at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA. Bell Hollow's first Boston-area show, with several great local bands: Amber Spyglass, The Glass Set, and Rev. Bob and the Darkness. Amber Spyglass feature former Opium Den guitarist John DeGregorio, and are lushly reminiscent of the best Projekt acts, while post-punk combo The Glass Set recall Pixies, Sonic Youth, and early Stereolab.

Ms. Kristen Sollee's praise for our EP was immensely flattering, but we were floored with her February 26 Big Takeover column, reviewing our recent Delancey gig: "In Bell Hollow's case, it isn't a bad thing to be better live than on record. I very much enjoyed their demo, which I reviewed a few months back, but the band's moody, well-crafted songs that verge on the ethereal had the added benefit of a heavy, ballsy underpinning live, through drummer Hayden Millsteed and bassist Christopher Bollman's driving rhythm section. Greg Fasolino's guitar was spare and reverb-heavy, filling the Delancey with a wash of minor chords, and Nick Niles's vocals were stronger and more playful than on record - the soaring high notes were shimmering and pitch perfect. While there was nothing fancy or extravagant about Bell Hollow's performance, no bells and whistles or matching outfits, (which I have no objection to!), there wasn't really a need for it, as the band's music is more of the low key, hypnotic (yet powerful) transportive sort. The best songs of the evening included "Bodies, Rest and Motion," "Lowlights," my favorite off of their demo, and "Our Water Burden," which garnered a few enthusiastic audience shout outs when it was introduced. Bell Hollow is definitely a band to watch for live..."

Bell Hollow were also written up by Rachael Darmanian in her Underrated Blog, and have gotten airplay recently on Altrok Radio, Rae of Sound, Dark Culture Radio, The Medium, and The Trans-Atlantic Underground/Loveless Music Group Radio, all of which we recommend checking out for intriguing new sounds.


February 15, 2006: Currently firing on all cylinders, Bell Hollow bring their bittersweet mood music back to Manhattan at 10pm next Tuesday night, February 21, at The Delancey, naturally located at 168 Delancey Street (between Clinton and Attorney) in NYC. Cover is $6 (21 and over). Other bands playing that evening: The Minus Scale at 7:30, Fairmont at 8:20, The States at 9:15, and Bona to Vada at 11:10. Knowing our thirsty friends, we would be remiss if we didn't also mention that The Delancey has an open beer bar between 7:30 and 8:30.

You can hear Bell Hollow played on excellent stations FreakRadio.net and The Sound Lair.

Expect new studio recordings from us soon!


January 20, 2006: Bell Hollow on Long Island!

While Bell Hollow is based in Brooklyn, we have some definite Long Island roots (one of us lives out here, ahem!), so we are particularly pleased to be playing our first LI show next Saturday night, January 28. The venue is Mr. Beery's in Bethpage, where the music is loud and the brews overfloweth. We go on at 11pm, preceded by the intriguing His Mighty Robot at 9:30 and followed at midnight by Seer, who've been called "a more rocking Radiohead" in the press. Cover is $5.00. Mr. Beery's is located at 4019 Hempstead Turnpike, right near Route 107.

Upcoming Bell Hollow gigs include February 21 at The Delancey in Manhattan (with The States and Fairmont), March 30 at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, and tentatively Southpaw again later in the spring.

Our latest splendid writeup comes from the UK. Jonathan Leonard of online mag Leonard's Lair posted this review a few weeks ago: "New York-based and with a preference for all things post-punk, Bell Hollow may appear to be jumping on the bandwagon to join in with the current music trends. However, what makes them rather different is that the band members were part of the original scene and thus have genuine experience to call on. As a track title like 'Getting On In Years' might suggest, this experience is used to effect on their first EP which sounds almost effortlessly like it's 1981 and The Comsat Angels are in town; the songs are brooding and burning with restrained passion. Key track 'Lowlights' features a rumbling bassline, glistening Chameleon-like guitar work, crisp percussion and Nick Niles' youthful vocals which add a pleasant lightness of touch. Although lasting a mere fifteen minutes, it's a classy, vintage product from start to finish."

Hope to see all you Island denizens hoisting an ale with us next weekend at Beery's!


January 4, 2006: Southpaw, tonight!
Don't forget tonight's Bell Hollow show at our home-away-from-home, the one and only Southpaw in Park Slope. We hit the stage at 10pm, preceded by The Kites and followed by Nemo.
Southpaw info and directions here.
Hope to see you there... Christopher, Greg, Hayden, and Nick

P.S. We've done a lot of updating to our website, so check that out too.


December 29, 2005: Bell Hollow comes home to roost! Please don't miss our first appearance at our local haunt, the fabulous Southpaw in Park Slope, Brooklyn, next Wednesday night, January 4, 2006. We go on at 10pm, and you'll get two other excellent bands for your $8: The Kites at 9pm and Nemo at 11pm.

Two other Bell Hollow gigs are coming up on the horizon. For you Long Island denizens, we'll be appearing with Seer at one of LI's premier alehouses, Mr. Beery's in Bethpage on January 28. Then on March 30, we'll be part of a Troma Films benefit show at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, along with Funeral Crashers and New Minority.

We were excited to have our demo written up in the revamped BigTakeover.com (one of our favorite music sites), and even more thrilled that Kristen Sollee wrote such an insightful and complimentary review in her December 4 "Shadowtime" column: "Bell Hollow invokes all of the moody, ethereal elements of The Cure, Cocteau Twins and Radiohead. The dark, emotionally wrought songs on their demo might lull you into sweet submission for a moment, but the unexpected turns into dissonant territory will keep you on your toes. Vocalist Nick Niles' haunting tenor recalls Thom Yorke, Dave Gahan and Morrissey and maintains the atmospherics while adding a touch of bitterness to the equation. And unlike some bands in the post-punk/shoegaze vein, Bell Hollow does not indulge in those extended repetitive sonic explorations that run the risk of losing the listener. Incidentally, the band features former Big T writer Greg Fasolino on guitar, and was given a glowing review by veteran dark rock music journalist Mick Mercer. You wanna listen? You know you do!"

Bell Hollow also received a nice little Xmas present in the form of another great review, this time in Smother Magazine.

See you at Southpaw!


November 14, 2005: The bittersweet mood music of Bell Hollow, live at Sin-e tomorrow night. 9pm is the time, $8 is the price. With Crash Moderns, Benny Girl, and Altamonte. We are also planning several gigs in January, including Southpaw in Brooklyn, The Delancey in NYC, and a show on Long Island. In the meantime, check out veteran British music journalist Mick Mercer's insightful review of Bell Hollow's demo EP.

October 10, 2005: The debut performance...
11:00pm. Lit Lounge, 93 2nd Avenue, NYC. $5.00 cover. With DJ Jeremy spinning post-punk, indie rock, new wave, and dance punk.

Our site has been updated with mp3s and bio.

Next show: Tuesday, November 15th at Sin-e, NYC.


September 29, 2005: Bell Hollow are a new band from New York, melding classic '80s UK post-punk with nocturnal alt-rock and atmospheric shoegaze to form something highly melodic and mysterious.

They formed in February 2003 with the aim of creating bittersweet mood music...an evocative soundtrack to surreal dreams and oceanic tension. Primary influences include The Chameleons, Suede, Comsat Angels, Slowdive, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, Jeff Buckley, The Cure, The Verve, Cocteau Twins, Radiohead, The Sound, Cranes, Teardrop Explodes, etc.

The band consists of Christopher Bollman (bass), Greg Fasolino (guitar), Hayden Millsteed (drums), and Nick Niles (vocals, synth, acoustic guitar).

Bell Hollow's debut studio creations are now available for your listening pleasure here.
The four tracks ("Our Water Burden," "Lowlights," "Late at Night," "Getting On in Years") were recorded during August-September 2005 in various studios in Brooklyn and NYC as well as members' apartments, and have been mixed by the marvelous Hillary Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Ramones, Michael Gira, The Prids).

The first gig will be Thursday, October 13th at Lit Lounge in NYC. More details on this show (and tentative dates later in the autumn at Sin-e and Southpaw) will be posted soon...