[tweetmeme] [fbshare type=”button”] In the summer of 2007, these three friends worked at a rock ‘n’ roll summer camp for teens, where they taught the musicians of tomorrow how to play and perform. Sneaking away from the campers at night to play music, Bella Novela was born.
Inspired by western soundtracks of the ’60s, the operatic arrangements of Queen, the guitar harmonies of Iron Maiden, and the pop choruses and disco rhythms of Abba, the band founded the “spaghetti western wizard rock” genre.
Standing out like a unicorn in a postapocalyptic wasteland, Bella Novela has made a name for themselves in the eclectic music scene of Long Beach, California, with their flamboyant, passionate, and unforgettable live shows. They have toured the country with their trusted van and appeared on two compilations featuring the best in Long Beach music alongside Mike Watt (Minutemen) and Crystal Antlers. They’ve shared the stage with Semi-Precious Weapons, The Like, Gram Rabbit, Ikey Owens (Mars Volta), Matt Embree (RX Bandits), and Girl in a Coma.
With the release of Battlelines, recorded by Pete Lyman of Infrasonic Sound (Mars Volta, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), Bella Novela’s debut album fills the void for those aching for something new — an oasis in the desert landscape of disposable, automated Top 40 and lo-fi, indie minimalism. Dripping with soul and emotion, their songs quench the thirst for fist-in-the-air dance floor rock anthems.
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