MUSIC INTERVIEW: Bellevue Days
Sludge pop/alt-rock four-piece Bellevue Days are ending 2019 on a high, receiving a plethora of positive reviews and championing radio success off the back of their debut album It Can’t Possibly Go Wrong Ever. With a UK tour on the cards for February 2020, we caught up with the band to chat about the new record, their excitement to get back out on the road and more.
Hello! Firstly, thank you for taking the time to chat to us. Congrats on releasing your debut It Can’t Possibly Go Wrong Ever, how has the build up to the release been for you?
Thank you, yeah it’s been decent. It’s been a while since we’ve released a body of work so we’re kinda finding our feet in the scene again—glad to be back out there though. It’s always pretty nerve-wracking releasing new songs into the wild.
You’ve said that your minds have been opened beyond your usual songwriting inspirations for the album, what has it been in particular that has changed that?
I think our influences and inspirations have been changing throughout the years. We always wanted to push ourselves and try new stuff also, the fact that we have three songwriters in the band definitely helps with that as we have ideas firing from all corners. I also looked a little less introspectively and more at the world around me, to close friends suffering with mental health to some of the truly depressing sh*t you see on the news.
You released three EP’s prior to the album, did the way you approached recording differ at all between the EP to album transition?
We spent more time on pre-production with this one—our producer, Jason Wilson, let us have a couple days to run through the songs live and he recorded that session which came in handy. I think we just spent more time recording and refining it that usual and wanted it to make sense a whole piece. Also Joe took to the lead vocals on a couple songs which added a fun new element.
Is there a particular track on the album that you think your fans will most relate to?
I have no idea, I hope there’s a song for everyone, as long as they find a track or two that resonates with them then I’ll be happy. The Joy Of Living is probably the most nostalgic in terms of lyrical content, so that could be one. People connect to tracks for all sorts of reasons though, so I hope they relate to different ones.
Can you tell us a story about the album that we might not already know?
Okay, so, the album name actually found me in some bar/venue toilet, it was staring at me on the wall and I thought to myself, “that sounds like a thing”. We had that title very early on, and it kind of helped shaped the album and what it was about. We recorded the album on a little island on the Thames river by Hampton, very scenic and peaceful.
You have a headline tour set for February 2020, which songs off the album are you most excited to play live?
For me personally I’m looking forward to playing Sleep, Repeat, Again… it just feels massive. Plus I do enjoy doing a bit of a guitar solo so that’s always fun. To be honest they’re all fun to play live, it’s great to have an album’s worth of material to chuck into the set.
For those yet to see you live, what can you expect from a Bellevue Days show?
F*ck loads of fairy lights, and four guys who can’t quite believe their luck. We’re hitting the road with Weatherstate in February, I’ve heard a lot of cool things about them and they seem like a proper laugh so that will be fun. We want these shows to be the best we’ve ever done, so can’t wait to get back out on road.
Thanks again for taking the time to chat to us, do you have a final message for our readers?
Always follow you dreams and never give up on anything that you’re passionate about no matter what. Life is not a dress rehearsal so make the most of it, as you won’t get a second chance.
Bellevue Days‘ debut album It Can’t Possibly Go Wrong Ever is out now, available to purchase HERE.
See Bellevue Days live with special guests Weatherstate at one of the following dates:
Fri 7th – CAMBRIDGE – Blue Moon
Sat 8th – MANCHESTER – Castle Hotel
Wed 12th – BRIGHTON – The Hope & Ruin
Thu 13th – LONDON – Signature Brew Tap Room
Fri 14th – GUILDFORD – The Star Inn
Sat 15th – CHELTENHAM – Frog & Fiddle
Tickets are on sale HERE.