Dolans Warehouse - Limerick, V94 PD79, Ireland
After a summer run including sold-out shows in the Marquee, Cork; King John’s Castle, Limerick; Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, Galway Arts Festival, and a special performance at Áras an Uachtarain for President Michael D Higgins and invited guests, Bell X1 are readying themselves to get back indoors this winter.
The tour will begin in Wexford’s Spiegeltent on November 4th, taking in two shows in Vicar St along the way, and will finish up in Cork’s City Hall on 22 December (full dates below).
The band recently released a new single & video “The Lobster” - the third single from their 8th studio album, Merciful Hour, which came out in May. The ten-track album was recorded in Dublin with producer John ‘Spud’ Murphy, and features the band collaborating with Dowry Strings.
The video for The Lobster was directed by Allyn Quigley features Irish Actors Liz Fitzgibbon and Kieran Roche and, like the track, takes its cues from Jean Paul Sartre’s infamously bad mescaline trip in the 1930’s. It was filmed on Dublin’s Waterloo Road.
Some LP Reviews:
“Best Irish Albums of 2023” (so Far) RTE
“Irish Indie stalwarts make a most welcome return….so it goes from musicians who have never had the urge to stand still yet remain a regular and considerable constant”. The Irish Times
“On Merciful Hour, they have struck a delicate balance between emotion and sophistication…. Bell X1 have matured into a very, very good band –and one that’s certainly not to be underestimated” The Irish Independent
“…it’s been so worth the wait” 9/10 Hot Press
Album of the Week – RTE Radio 1
“Merciful Hour sounds gorgeous with synths constantly vying for supremacy over strings and when the band and producer John ‘Spud’ Murphy get the balance right, the results are lush”. Totally Dublin