Much has been made (probably by us) of how Bell Gardens was hatched over evenings spent sharing wine and vinyl, as band founders Kenneth Gibson and Brian McBride shared their mutual love for the sounds of eras past. We asked them to put together a mixtape of some of their favourites to share with us. To go along with the mix we’ve asked them a few questions.
This mix seems to be really representative of the types of songs that inspired Bell Gardens – is there a particular quality or character in these songs that ties them together for you?
Brian McBride: I remember some Dennis Wilson bootlegs were some of the first songs we cranked while we killed off the times. We’d stumbled into “Barbara” and some of the Bamboo recordings most likely in one fell swoop. Inevitably a handful would be repeated over and over again. But to really answer your question, there’s obviously a lot of sadness Continue reading