Bella's Bartok CD Release Party

Presented by Hawks & Reed and The Green River Festival

Bella's Bartok CD Release Party

Home Body

Sat · June 16, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$16 in advance - $20 day of show

Bella's Bartok
Bella's Bartok
“Change Yer Life,” the new Bella’s Bartok album released on March 26th, 2016, will excite fans as the first album that truly reflects the band’s pop gold klezmer punk sound. Says guitarist/accordion and mandolin player Jesse Putnam, this album “contains the songs and sounds as they are meant to be heard; the tunes refined to reflect their individual intentions.” A compilation of fan favorites, “Change Yer Life” invites you to share in the spectacle of the Bella’s Experience, whether while driving, sitting at home, or maybe doing some carefree improvisational dancing and jumping when (you think) nobody’s watching.

From circuses and smoky soirees, Lovecraftian affairs and the nocturnal gatherings of society’s undesirables, the songs on “Change Yer Life” reflect the hectic and eclectic minds that compose the group. “Social justice, classic horror, or old friends long gone” all influence Lead Singer Asher Putnam’s emotional state and lyrical content. “There is always a theme and an element of the horror/fantastic in every song I write, as well as a sense of loss.” These themes live and dance in this album, full of fan favorites from the live Bella’s set. Songs such as The Fiddler and the Devil and The Strigoi Waltz borrow from Jewish folklore and supernatural tales. Others tend toward the more personal or emotional, as in Mother, a dance ballad written as a paean to mothers and a plea to forgive their children. Science puts on display a love for Nikola Tesla and his scientific contributions and psychological quirks. The brisk, Django-esque romp, Zora, jangles ironically over its themes of civil rights and the hypocritical violence of Zionist ideology. Creepster uses its relentlessly upbeat country vibe to unveil the inherent creepiness in coveting someone from afar, and Party Song mocks the exhausting absurdities in privileged party culture. Produced and engineered by guitarist Chris Kerrigan, “Change Yer Life” was recorded at Amity House Productions and is the first full length album with the band’s current line-up.
Home Body
Home Body
Fever-pop duo Home Body ignores convention with their vivid blend of new wave, industrial and electronic music, performed from the gut with wild abandon and art-school-cool theatricality. Emerging from the vibrant Western Massachusetts music scene, Home Body plays with form and improvisation while retaining a strong pop sensibility and demanding presence. Balancing textured layers of glitzy synthesizers, focused rhythms, and tectonic bass with strong, stormy femme vocals, the duo creates a visceral sonic landscape that feels equal parts cosmic, fleshy and electric. Live, the duo punctuates their sound with dance and manual light manipulation, reaching beyond their performance to create a high-vibration spectacle that is physically and emotionally moving. www.helloHomeBody.com
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/