Half Moon presents:
Du Bellows Live at The Half Moon with support from Walrus
Du Bellows + Walrus
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
Progressive, soulful and laced with timeless storytelling, Du Bellows are a powerful live act from London. Their shows promise a rare depth that pulls true music lovers from all corners.
"there is a cosmic counterpoint alive and well here”. - Jimmy Page
Support comes from Walrus, the psychedelic groove-juggernaut that will shortly descend on an unsuspecting public like Kubrick’s black monolith: scary, exciting and heralding a whole new future for those who ‘get’ it…
As a powerful live act from West London, this four-piece is led by Merthyr-born Jade Danielle Williams – who as vocalist and lyricist – acts as the band’s lightning rod, front of stage and lost in the music.
Capable of ranging from acoustic subtlety to a fully fuzzed loudness, Jade’s voice brings an irresistible warmth to the imaginative harmonics of the band as 2017 finds Du Bellows release their eponymously titled debut EP that was recorded and produced by production maestro Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones, Terry Reid, Psychedelic Furs, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Killing Joke). Jade has also collaborated with The Sharks and the Chris Kimsey-produced band The Second Sons.
With Seb Willis on lead guitar, Rich Leeds on bass and David Watkinson on drums, Du Bellows' live shows afford a rare depth of sound that has compelled Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin to say that "there is a cosmic counterpoint alive and well here”.
With their first European tour completed in spring 2017 – having playing sold out dates across Germany and Holland in support of The Doors Alive – Du Bellows also recently invited John Perry (The Only Ones) to guest with them at the Half Moon in Putney, south west London.
Perry was also invited back to play with Du Bellows at their sold out 'Unplugged' show at Olympic Studios in Barnes which was hosted by Chris Kimsey.
Du Bellows continue to impress and arrest with their full electric sets, while supporting established artists such as The Pretty Things, Pere Ubu, Garland Jefferys and Mick Ralphs Blues Band.
The track 'Black Wolf' – from the new EP – will be the band's first single release and will be accompanied by their first music video. It's a song whose power has been recognised and has been played (with their unreleased track 'Happiness') on the Adam Walton Show on BBC Radio Wales. They have also appeared as live guests on the Gaby Roslin Show on BBC Radio London and on the Ruth Barnes Show on Amazing Radio.
There must be some kind of cosmic alignment at work to bring two of Britain’s most accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarist/frontmen together to form Walrus, the psychedelic groove-juggernaut that will shortly descend on an unsuspecting public like Kubrick’s black monolith: scary, exciting and heralding a whole new future for those who ‘get’ it…
Having cut his teeth as hired gun guitar with Pete Molinari and Alexander Wolfe, Rosco Levee has been blazing across the scene like a California wildfire since his first album with the Southern Slide, Final Approach To Home (earning himself a British Blues Award songwriting nomination for the track ‘Goldrush') and things only got hotter with the follow up Get It While You Can which was rated 9/10 by Classic Rock magazine. Mike Ross’s smouldering career ignited with the release last year of Jenny’s Place which brought him critical acclaim, as well as support and guest slots with the likes of Lucky Peterson, Ben Poole and T-Belly, and Mike continues to work on occasion with Black Crowes' founder member Rich Robinson.
Both respected artists in their own right, their musical paths rarely crossed until late last year when, necessity being the mother of invention, Rosco enlisted Mike to help him fulfil some existing gig obligations. The pair gelled instantly over a shared record collection and a shared passion for old school sounds and old school approaches to writing recording and performing. The synergy was so complete that after their one and only rehearsal Rosco, Mike and a scratch band took the famed New Crawdaddy Club by storm, with a show that Blues In Britain magazine’s Live Editor named his highlight of 2016, and led independent music bloggers Plunger to proclaim Walrus as THE band to watch in 2017. A handful of other shows across the country proved to Rosco the inherent potential of the band and so he invited Mike to collaborate on his forthcoming third album Soul Roller.
The propulsive force behind the fearsome tusks is drummer Rick Kent: combining the loose, groov-ing feel of Levon Helm with the brutal flair of John Bonham and Ringo’s “I just wanna play the drums” ethos, Rick is an integral part of what is most definitely ‘a band’. While Rosco will contribute the majority of material for Soul Roller, Walrus comes alive in the studio and on stage: ideas crack-ling from one musician to another and back like the synapses of a single mind, making for adrena-line-rush live shows that are the perfect antidote to The Blues, and promising a stellar debut album.
With two writers passionate about the song as a song, not a vehicle for a solo; two grittily powerful vocalists who evoke Marriott and Robinson; and two killer guitarists who can say more in three-note phrase than ten minutes of Strat-strangling does, the savage unstoppable two-prong attack of Walrus is poised to lay waste to an increasingly moribund scene. With influences ranging far and wide from Rock’n’Roll to Funk, Motown to 60s Psychedelia, Southern Rock to Blues and beyond, all is fair game for Walrus: there’ll be no holds barred in their one-band mission to give what’s left of Rock’n’Roll in Britain a future.
“My God, it’s full of stars…”