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BeThisBell (Beth Isbell)

Here is a stunning interview by Beth Bell –  From Civil Rights Lawyer to Musician – From Male to Female  – The pain she endured and her message to follow what your heart tells you.

BeThisBell’s (aka BeTh isBell) latest solo release “We Are The Gods!” is pure psychedelic punk.  This is the sound of your brain going through high school, or college, or maybe just overcoming your despair and loss of hope, or maybe of an LGBT artist breaking free of societal expectations.  This album is the sound of all that, quite colorfully exploding in your headphones!

Guitarist & vocalist Beth Bell (Bio: http://www.sonicbids.com/band/bethbell/), and guitarist Justin Hays met at music college (ACM@UCO) and formed the band BeThisBell in Spring 2011. Shortly thereafter Cody Fowler (who is also in the band Horse Thief, signed to Bella Union Records) joined the band on bass and turned us on to Kellan Turner on drums. The band has played shows at various venues, music festivals, and pride festivals Oklahoma City, OK, and Dallas, TX, and the band’s music has received FM radio airplay and been selected by several Sonicbids promoters for various licensing, airplay, and other performance opportunities.

After graduating from music college in 2013, the band began recording We Are The Gods! at Bell Labs in Norman, OK, with producer Trent Bell (Chainsaw Kittens) at Bell Labs, Norman, OK. We brought in Nick Ley of the band colourmusic (and now a member of The Flaming Lips), in to play drums on the album. Justin & Beth played all the rhythm guitar parts on the album. Our friend Blaise Thompson of the bands Moon, and Drainbows, and Beth laid down all the lead guitar parts on the album, with Justin laying down the lead on Ruby. The band’s sound is alternative rock painted with psychedelic, proto-punk, indie-rock, garage, shoegaze, & blues-rock influences.

Due to the strength of it’s first album, the band recently picked up a music publishing administration deal with Essex Music Intl., Inc., which also administers publishing rights for David Bowie. Garrett Haines of Treelady Studios mastered the album. Both Trent and Garrett are former grammy award winners for their prior studio work. The band’s first album We Are The Gods! was officially released on September 15, 2014.  https://soundcloud.com/bethisbell/sets/bethisbell-album-we-are-the-gods

The band followed up their September 2014 WATG! album with a 5 song EP “Work It Out” released this past April (2015).  Whereas, We Are The Gods! told a dark angry twisting story ending in hope. Work It Out is, as the title suggests, a workman-like effort at delivering on that hope, living out that dream. From Beth’s soaring guitar work – pouring her soul out in Bleed, to the passionate plea at the end of the EP to let your individual light Shine On, the contemporary alternative vibe of Work It Out finds society right where it lives musically. Produced by Trent Bell, the band’s Work It Out EP is another well-crafted work of contemporary sonic art. https://soundcloud.com/bethisbell/sets/work-it-out-ep

The band is returning to the studio to record another album with Trent Bell producing in Oklahoma City, OK, in August.  Details soon.

Frontperson Beth Bell also recently released a single Love Sublime (A-side) with Hey Humboldt! (B-side) on July 28, 2015.  She is also a published poet signed to a book publishing deal and has recently released two books in 2015, an existentialist poetry collection and an illustrated children’s book.

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