Have a burning question to ask the band? Monday is your chance when they participate in a Facebook Q&A courtesy of the Wayhome Music Festival.
The Lone Bellow sat down with Kyle Meredith of Salon's "The Weekly Feed." Meredith talked to them about the lack of definitive genre on Then Came The Morning, the theme of faith throughout the album, and life on the road.
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Earlier today, The Lone Bellow stopped by The Current studio for an interview and performance. You can check it out here.
We loved this interview with The Lone Bellow on CBS This Morning. It was great seeing Zach's family - those girls are beyond adorable - and that cute photo of Kanene and Jason in China. My favorite quote from Brian - "I want to grow up to be that old guy in the diner."
"For example, “Fake Roses” takes the form of a letter from Williams’s mother-in-law to her sister. Williams explains, “They have pretty similar lives. And the letter basically says, ‘Your heart is breaking, I hear what it’s saying. You don’t have to tell me anything.’ And I was like, ‘Well where can we go with that?’ "
This interview with The Lone Bellow, by Annie Galvin, was published today on PopMatters. It delves more into the creation of Then Came The Morning, including working with Aaron Dessner, recording at Dreamland, and the inspiration for some of the songs. It includes some details we haven't heard before, such as the impetus for "Fake Roses:"
One night at South by Southwest, the Lone Bellow played to a packed backyard crowd at the Newport Folk Festival showcase, a crowd that obliviously sipped cans of Lone Star in Blackheart’s beer garden while the relatively unknown Lone Bellow set up and tuned. When the band’s first three-part harmony soared over its sturdy wall of acoustic sound, heads instantly rotated toward the rundown lean-to that had been converted into a stage.
Galvin also writes about the time the band performed at South by Southwest in 2013.
We can certainly relate the that experience.
As expected, The Lone Bellow is getting a lot of attention these days. We're a little embarrassed to admit how much time we've spent online trying to read everything they're mentioned in. We just don't want to miss anything! Of course, not everything we read about the band sticks with us, but we did really enjoy these two articles that surfaced this week.
When you see The Lone Bellow perform live, it's quite obvious how much fun they have together, and how they most definitely care deeply for one another. We loved reading this Paste article, which perfectly captures the bond they share. It's really one of the best things we've read about the band. This article also reminded us of the "Return to Brooklyn" video, which gives a little glimpse into their lives as New Yorkers.
We also really enjoyed this interview from Johnathan Bernstein at CMT Edge. In this piece, the band talks about the connection between their fans and their music, and they are, as always, incredibly humble.
Thanks so much, Mr. Williams!
Take "Marietta" for instance, that's a hard song to sing and I actually haven't gotten to sing it in front of people yet. I think that the very first stages of that song when we were first working on the harmonies probably came from a place of care and friendship. Where let's say I wrote a really hard song to sing and the harmonies that came out of that were Brian and Kanene [Pipkin] wanting to lean into that song with me. Then the melody that comes out of it is us like pressing into those thoughts that come up when I sing the song or they sing it. It's kind of a give and take of unity and friendship and trying to care for one another. The beautiful thing about making music with people is that it can transition into a real record thing. Then Aaron would know kind of the weight of the song and he would have that in mind when him and Bryce were thinking about like what should the strings sound like or when the horns should come in and create this moment of freedom or tension - however you hear it - right before this bridge comes in.
We are very honored that Zach's dad, Mr. Tony Williams, reached out to us on our Facebook page to make us aware of Zach's interview with the University of Texas-affiliated news site, The Horn. The interview provides some wonderful insight into the writing and producing of the songs on the new album.
The Lone Bellow has been teasing us with snippets for the last couple of weeks, but today, NPR's All Songs Considered has posted the full title track to their upcoming album, Then Came the Morning. In introducing the song, Stephen Thompson write, "The Lone Bellow has lost none of its sleekly soaring charm."
Also, over at Bestnewbands.com, Caitlin Peterkin interviewed Zach Williams about the band's ascendency, musical influences, and the new album.
You’ve kicked off an extensive tour – how do you stay energized and motivated on the road?
What do you think of Then Came the Morning? We'd love to hear from you, so leave a comment here, or let us know in the forum!
We recently came across this interview and performance from not quite a year ago, filmed in Washington Square Park by Baeble Music. It is interesting to hear a little about how the trio collaborate on songwriting, and how their music has affected fans.
You can watch the whole performance here.
Who We Are
We are Abra and Bobbie, two friends living in Boston who go to a lot of concerts together. We saw The Lone Bellow, having never heard of them, and could not believe our good fortune in discovering such talent. We now try to go by the "Four-Hour-Rule", meaning if we can get to a show within four hours, we will be there, hopefully right up front.