Longtime readers of this blog (of which there are none), are likely to remember that Your Monkey recently wrote about his admiration for the Bell X1 single “The Great Defector.” While your Monkey liked the song on the first listen and continues to like it to this day, he may have erred a bit in his headline for the piece:
Sure, there is no denying that this song shares a lot of the same qualities as a Talking Heads song (the upbeat rhythms, the playful lyrics, the David Byrnian-vocal intonations), but the snarky headline seems to imply that Bell X1 are just an imitation act.
The more your Monkey hears from this Irish band, the more he likes what they have to offer. Recently, the singles Rocky Took a Lover and the Ribs of A Broken Umbrella have made an impression on him. It is clear that this band has a strong sense of melody, a whimsical lyrical style, and some legs to their music.
Bell X1 songs have been the clear standout tracks on recent podcasts from the KEXP and Radio Nowhere, and your Monkey would be crestfallen if his immature style of headline writing has damaged the band’s self esteem in any way.
So please accept these sincere apologies.
And here is another Bell X1 song for your listening pleasure. This is from a live DVD and the performance has an infectious energy. Enjoy!