The latest signing to Cleveland’s Exit Stencil Records, Like Bells, aren’t your typical band of instrumental rockers. They do more than pair a simple melody with effects pedals and stacks of amps to create dynamic moments of tension and release. On a number like “Yeti,” this Oberlin trio is just as likely to follow a tense moment with a serene string movement as they are to flood eardrums with a flurry of loud. So when the big banging, clanging moment does come, it doesn’t feel like predictable post-rock, but the just culmination of patient, piercing introspection.
MP3: Like Bells – Yeti
Look for Like Bells debut album to come out later this year on Exit Stencil Records.
photo by Brian Harmon