From the grit to the groove
BELLX1 Arms ★★★★ BellyUp
The consistent quality of BellX1 albums continues uninterrupted with Arms. That the band – the recording core of which is vocalist Paul Noonan, guitarist David Geraghty and bassist Dominic Phillips (musicians are added for live shows) – has also maintained, rigorously so, a creative insistence on change is something the less courageous should seriously consider.
BellX1 have been a fixture on the Irish landscape for nearly 20 years, and, as with many music acts of similar duration, could easily have settled in like a piece of house furniture: intact, stationary, functional, taken for granted. Yet across the course of seven studio albums, this outfit