Release Date: Feb 19, 2008
Record label: Yep Roc
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
In its earlier incarnation as Juniper, the band that would become known as Bell X1 (then featuring singer Damien Rice) was universally accepted as Ireland's brightest musical prospect. Before their 1998 collapse, they were compared favorably with hometown heroes U2 and the Frames, and with the release of their third and most successful album to date, Flock, the same comparisons have begun to be heard again. With Flock, Bell X1 have stepped out of the shadow of their more illustrious former cohort; for the first time, Rice doesn't have a single writing credit, and the music has taken on more of a unique, identifiable sound from the post-Radiohead rock that typified their first two efforts.
Just because England is crazy about a band doesn’t mean we have to like them, too. Irish darlings Bell X1 have been making serious waves since they released Flock, their third record, in the UK in 2006. Now it’s finally getting released here. At the time, their Radiohead-meets-Franz Ferdinand sound kind of made sense.