About BeThisBell's new album WE ARE THE GODS!

 

The Story Behind the NEW BeThisBell Album We Are The Gods!: Guitarist & vocalist BeTh isBell and lead guitarist Justin Hays met at ACM@UCO & formed the band BeThisBell in Spring 2011. Shortly thereafter Cody Fowler (who is also in the band Horse Thief) joined the band on bass and turned us on to Kellan Turner on drums. The band has played shows at various clubs and music & pride festivals Oklahoma City, OK, and Dallas, TX. Earlier this year (2013), the band began recording it's first album We Are The Gods! at Bell Labs in Norman, OK, with producer Trent Bell (Chainsaw Kittens). And that basically is the line-up on the album.  We were excited when our good friend, Nick Ley (of the band colourmusic) agreed to play drums on the album when Kellan was not available.  Justin & BeTh played all the rhythm guitar parts on the album.  When we started the recording project, we picked up Blaise Thompson of the band Drainbows to join us, and BeTh & Blaise finished all the lead guitar parts on the album. And, as we were finishing up the album, our luck got even better when the amazing Holly Wood joined the band on keyboards & vocals for live shows & future songwriting. (Holly & BeTh also recently completed a duo act tour from the midwest to California).  David Carlyle, an amazing guitarist who is also in the band Giraffe Massacre, also helps us out occasionally filling in for Blaise or Justin on lead guitar for some live shows as needed.  Once Trent and BeTh finished mixing the new album, Garrett Haines of Treelady Studios did the mastering.  Both Trent and Garrett are former grammy award winners for their prior mixing and mastering work.  And we're excited to announce that due to the hard work and efforts of everyone involved, the entire album recently picked up a music publishing deal with TRO Workshop Productions and Essex Music Intl., Inc. ... LOvE iT!  The band's new psychedelic punk album We Are The Gods! will be officially released later this year on September 15, 2014.

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Record Label: Unsigned

Band on New Album:
BeTh isBell • Vocals, Guitars
Cody Fowler • Bass
Justin Hays • Guitars
Blaise Thompson • Guitars
Nick Ley • Drums/Percussion

Our sound/influences: Lou Reed, The Pixies, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Kurt Cobain ... i.e., we're pretty fucking punk, but not too fucking punk, you fucking punks! ;)

Live Shows:
BeTh isBell • Vocals, Guitars
Cody Fowler • Bass
Justin Hays • Guitars
Blaise Thompson or David Carlyle • Guitars
Holly Wood • Vocals, Keyboards
Kellan Turner • Drums/Percussion


For more information:
bethisbellmusic@gmail.com
 
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About BeTh isBell

I am the bastard love child of Janis Joplin & Jim Morrison, except that one day while Jimbo took a trip in the desert, Janis was in NYC banging Lou Reed. It's all a little fuzzy from there ... and yes, I'm actually a girl! ... well, currently!

Meet BeTh: I used to do civil rights law, was pretty good at it, if you're in the midwest, you even have rights on the job because of a case I worked on. Around the turn of the new century, I was diagnosed with Gender Identity disorder and began to transition from male to female. That was a difficult journey. But I am who I am & like who I am now,  Sometimes society does not make it easy to be yourself, but being your true self is the only path.  Be yourself. 
Let the world experience your true light.


"I live to create, fucking art for the masses, this bitch loves to rock!"
- BeTh's personal haiku! :),

I've always been interested in music. Picked up a guitar in high school, but never stuck with it back then. After my divorce & during the whole transition process, writing songs kept me sane. If not for songwriting & music, I would have lost hope & would not be here. That's a pretty serious, but true, statement. In light of my gender change, I decided to go to music college to pursue music. And I'm thankful that I did, because my songwriting & performance skills have improved greatly. I don't have much opportunity or the money to return to law ... so got to find a way to make this work for the sake of my twins!

"PRETTY GOOD THOUGHT PROVOKING LOU REED STYLE PUNK ...
OR SOMETHING!!" ... a fan ... I just love my fans!

The new album is a ride through depression, despair, and eventually finding acceptance of your true self.  Perhaps because the songs mirror my journey, many people have told me that when they listen to the new album, it has an almost magical therapeutic effect for those experiencing going through similar emotional struggle & pain.   It's been a hard journey, and these songs are a relection of that, but they also reflect the wisdom that the pain of the soul can bring, it's healing power, and how the depth of one's emotions create grace.  And beauty.  We are all beautiful. 
I truly hope that you know how beautiful and special you are to the world.  We need you!


BeTh iBell's music has been described as "edgy, subversive," "passionate," "innovative," "alternative art at its best"
"which redefines 'dark' as a plausible blend of the psychedelic & the acoustic!", and BeTh as "an artist who is truly one of a kind!"  
BeTh is a 3 time Top 10 category finalist in the USA Songwriting Contest -and- a TAXI Top 10 monthly songwriter pick (7/08).

I recently received my Bachelor's degree in music performance and music business in May 2013 from ACM@UCO.
I would like to eventually teach.  And tour.  That would be sweet.  And fight.  For your right to be yourself too.

I am a songwriter.  A teller of tales.  A painter of sounds.


Thanks for your support!
BeTh isBell

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