- 09 Jun 21
The virtual collab gives us a new way of hearing the classic 2008 track.
Bell X1 have reimagined their 2008 track, 'Bad Skin Day' from their no. 1 album Flock, in a new arrangement with The Theodora Byrne Ensemble.
The laid-back version of the track features a choir, which keyboardist Theodora Byrne set up to create new versions of Irish tracks as bespoke choral arrangements.
"Having seen what Theo and the choir had done with songs by Maria Kelly & Ciaran Lavery, we were delighted to collaborate on a version of 'Bad Skin Day'," says the main vocalist of the band, Paul Noonan.
"It’s been great to breathe new life into the song like this, and a truly welcome way of feeling creatively alive and connecting with other artists and singers in this moment. It’s a trip, and really moving, to hear a bunch of people sing 'Someday we’ll all wear a crown.'"
Theodora says that the version came about mainly because she's "loved 'Bad Skin Day' for years."
"It's perfectly crafted with everything in the right place, so I looked for the spaces where voices could be complementary to what was already there. I sent my first demo to Paul, and we threw some ideas back and forth, discussing some suggestions that he had, some of which turned out to be my favourite parts of the arrangement!"
Watch the collaboration below.
Bell X1 also recently appeared on The Late Late Show back in April, along with Noel Gallagher. They performed a special version of their 2009 single, 'The Great Defector'.