Can you believe we’re about to wrap up 2018? What a year it’s been for us at [V], with UNCO[V]ERED coming to your screens and giving us another opportunity to share amazing music with you. We wanted to end the year on a high, so we hit the pavement, did a little stalking, all the way from BIGSOUND to the Lady Hampshire, and found an act that we couldn’t stop thinking about (or singing along to).
And now, it’s time for you to meet them – to round out 2018, meet your final UNCO[V]ERED stars for the year, Bell City Square.
Melbourne-via-Darwin trio Bell City Square hit the airwaves this year with their arresting debut single, “Make Me Feel Nothing”. The three piece bring together a unique soundscape taking from multiple genres and capture the essence of disenfranchised youth. Although pop in nature their music tackles issues from toxic masculinity, to anxiety and mental health, all delivered with explosive power.
Forlorn synth opens the track before drum beats, as precise as a steady heartbeat, usher in Sam Weaver’s deeply personal lyrics. After explaining his band’s latest single is about anxiety, the singer/multi-instrumentalist adds, “The idea of it almost came from a ‘Truman Show’- esque situation where you feel like no matter what you do there’s a predetermined outcome.”
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This is my friend Dia. I adopted him after three years of not owning an acoustic guitar. My old one is still hanging up in my room back home. To be honest I didn’t think I needed one anymore, since I spend so much time with my newest instrument, the laptop. But I was writing a song one day and felt a void, like I wasn’t able to connect to what I was writing in the same way as I did when I was 16. There are a lot of things from your teenage years that are maybe best left behind, but since owning this guy, I’ve started thinking that some things from 16 are worth revisiting.
Weaver’s matter-of-fact delivery during verses makes the perfect foil for the heart-bleeding vulnerability of “Make Me Feel Nothing”’s chorus; his vocal range and emotional investment throughout the song’s duration equally impressive.
“Make Me Feel Nothing” sees Bell City Square cleverly incorporating electronic elements and often it’s the spaces between instrumental flourishes that add lustre to the arrangement. “I love house music and more minimal electronic music,” Weaver reveals. “And with that kind of music every element just fades in and does its part — adds to the rhythm or something — then drops out.” Weaver attributes Bell City Square’s “amazing synth parts” to their drummer Alex Bornos, describing him as “the classically trained, jazz freak of the band”.
Bell City Square capture the essence of disenfranchised youth on “Make Me Feel Nothing”: aching for success and recognition, but struggling to hold it together day by day.
Catch Bell City Square before the year is out on one of their upcoming dates:
Thursday December 20 – Lady Hampshire Hotel, Sydney
Thursday December 27 – Botany View Hotel, Sydney
Friday December 28 – Supporting MOZA at Selina’s Band Room, Sydney
Monday December 31 – Falls Festival in Lorne
UNCO[V]ERED premieres on Saturday at 12noon, only on Foxtel.