- 19 Apr 11
What do Q-Tip, UNKLE, U2, PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode have in common? They’ve all at some point been an influence on Paul Noonan and Dave Geraghty who sit down with Peter Murphy to talk about musical heroes, the evolution of their own chart-conquering career and how they learned to embrace the Gary Numan within on their new album, Bloodless Coup. Plus, find out courtesy of our exclusive Hot Press competition how you can lure the Bellies to your living-room for a private gig.
Let us now praise famous men and women. Paul Noonan and Dave Geraghty of Bell X1 are gathered here today to come clean about the plethora of the artists that have influenced the band over the course of five albums: Neither Am I, Music In Mouth, Flock, Blue Lights On The Runway and the brand new Bloodless Coup.
Paul: “In the interim between Music In Mouth and Flock we became more interested in conveying joy, which had always been difficult for us. The default setting was moany-hole for a while. The Soft Bulletin was a big influence in that sense, on songs like ‘Rocky Took A Lover’. ‘Race For The Prize’ had that incredibly joyous, drum-driven euphoria. And echoes of some kind of lo-fi Cold War in the video. I remember shifting from, ‘What would Radiohead do?’ to, ‘What would Wayne Coyne do?’ when making musical decisions, and being aware of the dangers of po-facedness. What underpins their stuff is great songs, they can be strummed on acoustic guitars.”
Paul: “For me he’s definitely a big influence, specifically Henry’s Dream. Our original recording of ‘Eve, The Apple Of My Eye’ was very much influenced by ‘Straight To You’, that sort of drunken, shambolic feel, several acoustic stringed instruments at once, velvet curtains. His journey from writing lyrics in his own blood in Berlin to working nine to five in the office in London hasn’t diminished his artistic output at all. If anything he’s better than he’s ever been.”