Bella Lea: beyond Denali
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icer in the marine corps and has been to Iraq and back. This is a whole other conversation but I've kinda gone out of my way to not follow the news as terrible as that sounds. Psychologically it's really difficult. I pay attention to news here and there, but as far as Iran goes I don't really know what's going on. I wouldn't be surprised at all if we've picked them to be next on the list of the "Axis of Evil" or whatever. I wouldn't be surprised.
TWEED: So I take it you guys were upset with the results of last fall's presidential election.
MAURA: Furious. [Laughs]
TWEED: Maura goes on the record as being "furious." So here's a topic we touched on in our last interview--How do you feel about same-sex marriages?
STEPHEN: I'm all for it man.
MAURA: I'm for it.
STEPHEN: Let's do it!
MATT: The divorce rate will drop that's for sure. Same-sex couples stay together, you know? It's not really my business.
TWEED: Ok, cool. So let's get back to Bella Lea now. Is there something about Bella Lea that people don't know, but should know? Wait a sec... When's your record coming out? I'm all hyped about you guys, based on your previous work, and you don't even have a record or EP out yet with this new band. When can I get it?
STEPHEN: That's something we would like to know. Not only should people know, but we should know! We have no information.
MATT: We could give you a list of record labels to call--could you ask them the same question? Where's our fuckin record? Ha.
TWEED: Have you guys even recorded tracks yet?
MAURA: Beginning in April... Supposedly we'll have an EP soon after that.
TWEED: What can I expect from the show tonight? Anything crazy going to happen?
STEPHEN: Well we're going to start. And like later we're going to stop. And then like somewhere in between we're going to go fast, and then slow and... Nothing special really.
TWEED: This is already my favorite interview ever.
STEPHEN: It's going to just go fast and slow and fast and then medium. And then like slow. And at times it will get really loud and then at times it will get really soft. Sometimes Maura's going to maybe look at me, then she'll look at Ryan.
MATT: The thing you can look for is like Steve and I look at each other after Ryan does something brilliant. We gauge shows by how many looks we give. Like "Oh man, that was a 12 look show" or whatever. That would be a show where Ryan just does 12 things to totally stupefy us.
TWEED: So if Ryan's so cool, where the hell is Ryan?
STEPHEN: He doesn't do interviews. He's private. He's not for the public.
TWEED: So... Tell me anything about Bella Lea because I'm dying to know. I don't have any bio materials, I can't get any of the records obviously, and your website is just a list of show dates right now. So...
STEPHEN: All you need to know is you're going to love it! Just sit back, strap the seat belt on, and enjoy the ride.
TWEED: Is that your final answer?
STEPHEN: No, here's my final answer: Boosh! Print it: Boosh!! B-O-O-S-H! Boosh.
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After the interview I pushed through the gathering crowd to the front of the stage. The music was amazing. The communication between members was tight. It was during the last song that I realized my mouth was open. That night Bella Lea managed to emotionally rock my world through their music. I definitely recommend their live show. For more info see BellaLea.com.
Tuesday, 12 April 2005
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