KEXP.ORG presents Evening Bell performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded July 28, 2016.
Been A Better Man
Host: Greg Vandy
Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Scott Holpainen & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Justin Wilmore
Evening Bell’s dark and haunting songs have all of the passion and tragedy of a broken howl under the high desert moonrise. Part western psychedelia, part northwest rock ‘n roll, Evening Bell is the new collaboration between Ballard-songwriters Hart Kingsbery (Davidson Hart Kingsbery) and Caitlin Sherman (Slow Skate). The duo quickly became a full band with Jason Merculief (Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, Sera Cahoone, J. Tillman) on drums, followed shortly by Aaron Harmonson on bass, and newest addition Olie Eshleman (Corespondents) on pedal steel. They have recently shared the stage with established roots acts such as Ha Ha Tonka, La Luz, Barna Howard, Banditos, Howe Gelb, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Moondoggies and Alela Dianne.
With vocals that soar on that high lonesome road between city lights and prairie skies, Evening Bell’s moody call-and-response style echoes effortlessly, Caitlin’s bar room piano and noir vocals intimately blend with Hart’s low, scratchy hooks and twangy tremelo-soaked guitar. A rhythm section reminiscent of The Wrecking Crew in their more psychedelic moments and the lilting cry of pedal steel complete the sound. Evening Bell’s got a few crosscountry tours under their boots, a song premiere of spaghetti southwestern ballad “Dust Storm” and a recent KEXP in-studio.
Their ghostly nod to vintage saloon-pop is quickly gaining speed in anticipation of their upcoming debut album, Dying Stars.
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