Murky and morbid, the Philly five-piece Bells Bells Bells is a slow-burning, ever-churning garage-psych band that would've made Edgar Allan Poe proud. Amandah Romick's eerily blank intonations come drenched in alternating shades of garage-y keys, bleary shoegaze and Rickenbacker magic, always with hypnotic pacing. Following a self-titled debut and an odd appearance on NBC's local morning show, the band is poised to release Throw Down Your Anchor, recorded by Isaac Betsh of fellow local outfit House of Fire. As promised on Bells Bells Bells' MySpace blog and proven toward the end of "American Gothic," the record taps into prog's sinister side without overdoing it in the least. (Doug Wallen)
Bells Bells Bells
Fishtown, Philadelphia PA
Love, The Cure, Pj Harvey, Beau Brummels, Pulp, Beach Boys, Scott Walker, Rollerskate Skinny, 13th floor elevators, the Pretty Things.