Having toured the UK earlier this year with Jim Jones Revue, Californian garage rockers The BellRays have announced three UK headline shows. The brief jaunt that includes a headline show at The Borderline on 27th July follows on from their latest album ‘Black Lighting’ that was released early this year. An irresistible fusion of crunching rock riffs, Stooges-go-Motown drumming, throbbing freight-train basslines, all soothed to retro perfection by the jaw droppingly assured voice of Lisa Kekaula.
Always a difficult band to define, The BellRays remain oddly out of time with their contemporaries, and yet this is their greatest asset; imagine Gladys Knight fronting The MC5 (Lisa Kekaula actually joined MC5 on their 2004 tour); Aretha Franklin jamming with Black Flag.
Here is a band who have been on the cusp of great things for many years, call it mainstream success if you will, but they have all the while maintained a solid and admirably independent stance, never buckling under the hype. This firm footing is also clear and present in their musical output over the last decade; a compelling mix of head back, fist punching garage rock, gospel tinged songwriting and the incredible soul voice of Lisa Kekaula.
UK Tour Dates
27th July – The Borderline – London – http://venues.meanfiddler.com/borderline/listings/featured/4157
28th July – Caberet Voltaire – Edinburgh – http://www.thecabaretvoltaire.com/view_event.php?id=1875
29th July – The Cluny – Newcastle – http://www.thecluny.com/listing/bellrays