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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


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