The Bella Fayes was formed in the Summer of
2000 from a bond between Geffen recording artist Lael
Alderman and three Northwest music stalwarts (Jason
Henry from the band Architecture, Daven Hall from
Thrillbilly, and Shane Fisher from Drive).
The band quickly built up a following with their powerful live
performances that were brash and abrasive while also
being reflective and poignant. Combining ringing
distorted guitar hooks with refined lyrics, and a
rebellious aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band
simultaneously sounded traditional and modern.
Their debut six-song EP "So Much More
Than 'Hello'" CD received critical praise in the
press, extensive radio play on local radio stations.
The band was also featured on FOX
49 television performing "In the Transistor's Glow" in
its entirety in order to promote the Bella Fayes
showcase at the Musicfest Northwest Music Conference.
The Bella Fayes are due to release their second
full-length LP Far From the Discos in August, showing
an expansion of their song repertoire, as their sound
evolves into something all their own. (Their first LP
The Truth in a Beautiful Lie is
recorded in a live setting.) This album
exhibits hints of Stooges-era energy right next to
Beck-influenced sentiment, sometimes in the same song.
Offering more groovy midtempo ditties and carefully
layered rhythms of syncopation, they can balance dirty
guitars and analog noise with the warmth of creative
beat-driven rock. It is a sonic brew with many
unexpected twists and turns, as these four united
musicians are beginning to add songwriter stylings to
their ragtag rocking.
Band website: thebellafayes.com