Leigh MichaelMonday,24 December 2012

The Snap:

Meet The Lone Bellow, a three-person band that is charging into the music industry with a highly anticipated, self-titled album, which comes out 22 January. Check out You’ll Never Need Nobody to get a sampling of the trio.

Boasting a distinct sound – and a distinct style to match (it seems like a bowtie is permanently glued to singer Zach Williams’ chest), The Lone Bellow feels as though it already has the self-assurance of a band that has been big for years.

The album comes out in a month; in the meantime, get into the holiday spirit with “A Little Christmas Cheer,” a festive song collection that you can download for free on the band’s Facebook page.

The Download:

The Lone Bellow is a powerful presence. They sort of have a Mumford and Sons-esque sound, though the inclusion of singer and mandolin player Kanene Pipkin adds some female flavor to the mix. Her soft lilt adds a lot to each song, despite the fact that she plays a backing role in most of the pieces. Lead singer Zach Williams’ voice has just the right amount of angst (but I am a little concerned that it might be “morose overkill” if they stick with a sober tone on their album’s songs).

Last week, an NPR music critic featured the group with the highly complimentary title “You’ll Know this Band in 2013: The Lone Bellow.” I think they deserve the hype… each song has a magnetic quality from which you can’t really extricate yourself. Their background story also adds to the complexity of this group and sheds some light on the approach they take in their songs. Zach Williams’ wife was left paralyzed after a tragic horseback riding accident, and to cope, he began to write. These compositions became the songs – like this one – that have caused so much hype.

Their stark website (maybe it’ll fill up a little more once the album comes out?) features the perfect portrait to describe The Lone Bellow. They look like a trio of time travelers, transplants from a century ago. I sort of love their old-fashioned style, both in the song and clothing department — when you watch their videos, it’s like you’re stepping back into the past with them. I’m looking forward to seeing what their album has to offer.

And listen. I always like a band who isn’t afraid to branch out from “White Christmas” or “Jingle Bells” in the holiday soundtrack department.

Hat Tips:

Lone Bellow, Facebook, NPR, Youtube, Image Credit: Flickr/WFUV

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