Thursday, September 17, 2009

9/23: Bell X1 at HOB

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Little surprise that Irish romantics Bell X1 are a hit with the Grey’s Anatomy crowd. The lovelorn lyrics and sweet tunes on their fourth album, Blue Lights on the Runway, suit Big TV Moments just as much as they’re capable of drifting into the background of almost any situation you put them in. The trio relies more on synths than most of their soft-spoken peers, but don’t let the waves of harmonious programmed sounds fool you. These guys used to play in a band with Damien Rice, so they bring bite to some of their songs. Album opener “The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella” skips along to a springy melody that nearly disguises Paul Noonan’s sad tale about an old Polish immigrant who spent most of his life futilely looking for his childhood crush. And “Blow Ins” is all about how tiny we humans are in the grand scheme of things. Still, Bell X1 know how to kick things up from time to time: “The Great Defector” sounds exactly like a Talking Heads song, after David Byrne dropped the art-school pretensions. Bell X1 and Wild Light are at House of Blues’ Cambridge Room (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583) at 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $13.50 advance, $15 day of show. — Michael Gallucci

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