Bell Hollow is a Brooklyn-based quartet that makes bittersweet dream pop, singing dreamy songs both melodic and mysterious. Formed in 2003 by bassist Christopher Bollman and guitarist Greg Fasolino, Bell Hollow were inspired by the atmospheric British rock of the ’80s and related genres like shoegaze, new wave, and indie rock, building on authentic experience as members of old-school NYC post-punk bands like The Naked and the Dead and The Children’s Zoo. When frontman Nick Niles came aboard in 2005, the unique Bell Hollow sound was finally realized.
Sons of the Burgess Shale, the band’s debut EP, was released in 2006 under critical acclaim, with full-length Foxgloves debuting at 166 on the CMJ charts a year later. While the latter certainly has its classic touchstones (The Cure, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, The Chameleons), it isn’t a cheap revival calculated to capitalize on the success of the new breed of ’80s influenced alternative bands. On the contrary, with equal doses of 1982 and 2008 mixed with smart songwriting and terrific musicianship, Foxgloves creates blindingly beautiful morose soundscapes.
Bell Hollow have recently released Foxgloves Extras, a new EP featuring remixes and unreleased tracks, with proceeds from the RCRD LBL download donated to benefit labelmates The Prids who were involved in a horrible car accident while recently on tour. So do your good deed of the day and download it for free from RCRD LBL.