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The BellRays

For those of you who have yet to come across them, the BellRays, are Lisa Kekaula (vocals), Bob Vennumm (bass), Tony Fate (guitar) and former Doorslammer frontman "Hot Rod" Todd Westover (drums).

Formed in the Riverside area of California, the band, who describe their music as "Maximum Rock & Soul", seem to have found the perfect formula for rocking out. Their latest album, Meet The BellRays - an overhauled and remastered compilation of their first two albums, Grand Fury and Let It Blast, serves as an introduction to the BellRays for the UK. The album is released through Poptones on 6 May 2002, coinciding with their first UK tour dates. Mainstays of the L.A. club circuit, the BellRays have gained widespread acclaim in the US for their indie releases and their high-energy shows that verge on sonic violence. With musical inspiration gathered from a diverse range of sources from Parliament to James Brown, and from 60's R&B; to the Who, it's little wonder that the BellRays successfully produce what is being dubbed as rock'n'soul - a throbbing blend of garage punk, rock and soul. Uncompromising, savvy and honest, the BellRays do exactly what they want and fuck everybody else. They take you back to a time long past when music was dangerous and musicians were the people you didn't want your daughter going out with. We've been allowed to stream the entire album, so come on in and Meet the BellRays...

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Watch: Watch the video to the BellRays' first single release from the album - Fire On The Moon, which was released on 15 April on cd and limited 7".
Fire On The Moon
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Competition: Click here, for the chance to win signed framed artwork and one of 10 signed albums.

Go see: The band will bring their "Maximum Rock & Soul" to the following cities in May: 4th London Brixton Academy (with The Hives) 5th Bristol Essential Festival 7th London Dingwalls 8th Reading The Fez 9th Manchester University Hop & Grape

Meet the BellRays was released through Poptones on 6 May 2002. For further information visit: www.thebellrays.com


The Hives

Knowing what a hard bunch you are to please, we've managed to get hold of a bumper bundle of treats from those Swedish cardinals of cool The Hives. The band released their third album Your New Favourite Band last October, which is rapidly approaching Platinum status.

The Hives' latest single Main Offender - the second to be taken from the album is released on 6 May 2002, though Poptones/Telstar. Dive in and enjoy... Main Offender is probably already familiar to many, it was the track which got Kylie going in her infamous Agent Provocateur ad. The single is the follow up to Hate to Say I Told you So, which was released in February and resulted in one of the most memorable live Top Of The Pops performances in a long time.

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We've also been allowed to stream the entire album, so have a listen and see whether The Hives could become YOUR new favourite band.

Your New Favourite Band
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Video teaser:
Main Offender
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Competition: Click here, for the chance to win signed framed artwork and a Hives goodie bag as runner-up prizes.

Go see: The Hives will be returning to the UK in May to play 5 dates, although tickets are going fast - their Brixton Academy show sold out within 3 weeks of being announced.

The dates are:
May 2 - Liverpool University (SOLD OUT)
May 3 - Birmingham Academy (SOLD OUT)
May 4 - London Brixton (SOLD OUT)
May 5 - Dublin Ambassador
May 6 - Belfast Limelight

Following these dates, The Hives will be heading off to Japan and then onto the USA to play more shows. They have confirmed that they will return to the UK in July to play at T In The Park, so watch this space for details of further festival appearances.

Main Offender will be released through Poptones/Telstar, on 6 May 2002. The single will be available on CD & 7 vinyl. Your New Favourite Band was released through Poptones/ Telstar in October 2001.

For more information visit: www.hives.nu

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