We get to know Bell City Square, the band who have us hook, line and sinker with their new single ‘Make Me Feel Nothing’.
They’re a three piece, they’re out of Melbourne and they’ve got quite a story to tell.
But enough about us babbling on about them, here they are in their own words to introduce themselves.
1. Band name : Bell City Square.
2. How did you choose your band name? When we were starting the band we would rehearse and record etc in Preston so we were constantly driving through the Bell City area.
3. Where are you based? Melbourne, Australia.
4. Who are your members? Sam Weaver, Jack Weaver, Alex Bornos.
5. And what role do they play in the band? Sam sings, plays guitar and keys as well as plays the role of producer / beat maker in the writing process. Jack plays lead guitar and Alex plays drums in our live show as well as producing electronic elements in writing process.
6. How was the band formed? The three of us have been playing music together since around early 2016 and used to play in a heavier dance punk band together. When that band ended we felt the need to head in a different direction and push ourselves sonically and artistically.
We found through a lot of experimentation that it was most rewarding, fun and artistically true to ourselves when we were writing pop music.
7. Tell us a little bit about your sound. I would describe our sound as a culmination of all of our roots intertwined with a strong pop focus. Myself (Sam) and my brother Jack started out in pop punk bands and grew up on My Chemical Romance and Green Day, and have always felt that the emotion and ambition of those bands was amazing and is now somewhat of a lost art form.
Alex has a strong indie rock and prog background as well as having formal classical music training and one of the most passionate and focused approaches to telling stories through chords and music that I’ve experienced. I also have a huge love for electronic music, house and dance music that I love injecting into our sound.
8. If you had to compare yourselves to an already established act sound-wise, who would it be? It’s always hard to compare yourself to other artists because music it’s such a personal thing, however I would have to say our sound sits somewhere between The 1975, Chainsmokers and Panic! At The Disco.
9. Give us five words to best describe the band. Honest, Ambitious, Emotional, Detailed, Dance.
10.In what ways has the band changed from when it was formed to today? We’ve definitely come a long way from our early demos from the days when we were writing music together in my apartment until 4am because we were obsessed with finding our sound and finding out what we could do.
Musically we’ve become more electronic, dance-informed and poppy as well as more ambitious and free. Lyrically I’ve learnt how to speak my mind through our songs and talk about my honest feelings and thoughts without hiding them in cryptic phrasing.
11.What are your members’ favourite songs of all time? Now that’s the impossible question. Especially for me as I almost exclusively consume music in the full length project format. Some of my favourite albums are Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’, Radiohead – ‘In Rainbows’ and MCR – ‘The Black Parade’.
12.What’s your band’s biggest claim to fame so far? My uncles band supported The Cure in the ’80s which I think is insane.
13.If you could score the support slot for any act, who would you choose? Of all time? INXS or My Chemical Romance. Active today? The 1975 or Foals.
14. What’s been your strangest experience as a band? Living together.
15. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Make Me Feel Nothing’ is one of my proudest achievements to date. I think it’s a good representation of everything this band is about. It’s emotionally honest, ambitious, layered and it makes you want to dance.
We wrote an early version of ‘MMFN’ almost a year ago now and it started off as a super ambient, low key slow jam that we always knew had potential but weren’t sure what to do with yet.
One day we opened the session to rework it and I just started hearing the underlying energy of what it could turn in to. A few late nights later and we ended up with this loud, EDM infused monster of a song.
Lyrically it’s about anxiety – the feeling that no matter what you do or how hard you try, there is already a predetermined outcome (and it’s nine times out of ten a negative outcome). I wrote the lyrics from an almost Truman show-esque standpoint to reflect the feeling that you’re just an actor or a player in this chaotic plot that’s happening all around you.
16. What do your plans for global superstardom involve? We just want to make music that feels special, connect with people on an emotional level and not let our ambition be limited. If people connect with what we do and are excited about it then that’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.
17. Where can our audience catch you live? We’re playing two shows at BIGSOUND this year in Brisbane which is super exciting for us!
WEBSITE : www.bellcitysquare.com.au
FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/bellcitysquare
INSTAGRAM : www.instagram.com/bellcitysquare
TWITTER : www.twitter.com/bellcitysquare
YOUTUBE : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7XRDqITniptzkeKtfxB1bQ