String theory: String band Bellehouse drops new album

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This band isn’t just stringing its audience along.

The indie string band Bellehouse, which delivers its first EP at Littlefield on July 16, hopes that its music can create a connection between the Brooklyn music scene and classic Americana.

“I see us as a lowly bridge,” said Jess Clinton, the band’s guitarist and one of its three female vocalists. “I kind of hope it is a bit of a journey and that everyone can find something to relate to.”

The only instruments the Brooklyn band uses are a banjo, guitar, viola, and upright bass — and some tight harmonies. But the band’s influences include more than the string band bluegrass listeners might expect, says Clinton. They hope the band’s blend of classic rock, soul, Motown, and folk-rock will appeal even to fans of Brooklyn’s fast and loud electronic dance music scene.

“We are trying to resurrect music from our generation,” said Clinton. “We want to take people out of the EDM comfort zone and into something a little more loose.”

Bellehouse has been refining its natural acoustic sound over the last two years, and Clinton said that she and the band members are excited to finally get their record out and perform it live.

“I think what we are about is putting on an energetic, entertaining show revolving around Americana long-form music,” she said.

Bellehouse record release party at Littlefield [622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Third Avenues in Gowanus, (718) 855–3388,]. July 16 at 9 pm. $10.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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