Believe in Hell / 28042018 is a split album collaboration between bellies! and EP/64, two bands from Bristol's energetic do it yourself/ improvisation scenes.
bellies! are Nat (guitar/vocals) and D-M (drums/vocals). They have been writing and performing together since 2010.
bellies!’s music is a life-baked concoction. Formed in a do it yourself habitus, injected with the energy of free improvisation, the duo create imperfectly formed melodic song shocks, replete with hooks and eyes.
Believe in Hell evokes the atmosphere of Brechtian political opera, the vocal pointillism of Meredith Monk and the pop-post-punk sensibilities of 80s Bananarama.
The songs draw inspiration from the horrors of the present and the mistakes of the past. They probe the edges of where the future could be different with reference to the psycho-philosophies of Jane Arden and feminist histories of technology.
EP/64 create improvised performances that incite audiences to feel, move and invent. Started by vocalist Dali de St Paul (HARRGA, Viridian Ensemble and DSC) in 2016, the project features different musicians and artists mostly drawn from Bristol’s experimental arts and improvised music scenes who combine to unleash frenzied incantations and rhythmic mutations into the world.
EP/64 – Ephemeral Project 64 – will perform 64 times and then stop.
280418 was improvised at Juke Box Studios, Bristol and features Dali performing with drummer Dan Johnson of Marcy and Run Logan Run, her primary collaborator on the project.
released December 15, 2018
The artwork and the engineering
Believe in Hell/280418 comes in heavyweight vinyl in gatefold sleeve with artwork from Melanie Clifford and Laura Phillips who are both members of Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film (BEEF) collective.
Believe in Hell and 280418 were engineered, produced and mixed by Annie Gardiner (Hysterical Injury/Marcy), whose previous production credits include MXLX, Towel and Nervous Energy Records.