The Bellrays - The Red, White & Black
The Bellrays - The Red, White & Black (Telstar Records) - Album Review

The Bellrays
The Red, White & Black
(Telstar Records)

People presently unacquainted with the shattering soulful garage sound of The Bellrays, would be forgiven for thinking that someone has pissed off Gabrielle big time and she has joined The Datsuns on first listen to their latest offering. Vocalist Lisa Kekaula puts in a varied displayed sounding sombre and soulful when needed such as in ‘Revolution Get Down’ and ‘Used To Be’, conversely she does a good full on garage punk performance that can be witnessed in ‘Street Corner’ and the cynical ‘Black Is The Colour’ about the cruel nature of love. For lovers of pop music before it became a manufacturing industry, there are a couple of neat and catchy pop tunes to be found ‘Find Someone To Believe In’ and ‘Making Up For Lost Time’.

The Bellrays - The Red, White & Black (Telstar Records) - Album Review

Raw guitars and crackling percussion give some of the tracks a frenetic edge, producing a real Detriot sound, despite the fact that the band hails from Southern California and has a British edge with being signed to a London label. The Bellrays can be powerful and insightful in places and have possess added depth that places them above one time tour buddies The D4, who people often mention them in the same sentence as. This album also contains six downloadable tracks taking the tally of tracks to nineteen and creating enough raw power to light a stadium, which some feel is where their sounds belongs.

David Adair



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