Irish band Bell X1 will be releasing their new album “ARMS” in the UK on July 21st. This is the band's seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed “Chop Chop”, which became
their third #1 album on the Irish Album Charts and their fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice Music Prize for “Irish Album of the Year.”
Loaded with typically elegant songwriting and quiet determinism, “ARMS” is an album that the band freely admit was the hardest one for them to make, and one that singer Paul Noone describes as being about humankind’s desire to seek comfort in the familiar during times of hardship. Its been produced by the band and recorded in Dublin and Donegal by Tommy McLoughlin (from Villagers) and Glenn Keating (from Jape), and mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Jónsi).
The band will also be supporting Tori Amos through the UK in September, which includes a huge show at the Royal Albert Hall. Finally, this beautiful album track “The Upswing” has had a stunning video made for it.
. ARMS is the follow up to their 2013 critically acclaimed album Chop Chop, which became the trio’s third #1 album on the Irish Album Charts and their fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice Music Prize for “Irish Album of the Year.”
ARMS is a nine-song collection radiating with shabby grace and soft-focus elegance, but there’s also a bruised, bittersweet, romantic mood throughout. Melancholic and lovelorn in places but also spirited, determined and optimistic which speaks volumes about how the band has grown sonically over their storied career. “This has been the most difficult record we’ve made, in terms of feeling like it was good enough to share, to let it go and no longer be just ours. That we’d made something different to what’s come before” says Noonan. “I know we’ve been crazed with doubt, occasional bum steers and misguided conviction along the way and we say thank you to those who’ve calmed the waters…”
Produced by the band and recorded in Dublin and Donegal by Tommy McLoughlin (from the Villagers) and Glenn Keating (from Jape), ARMS was mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Jónsi) with Ross Dowling mixing the song “Out of Love.” “The title ARMS is about the idea that, as the world feels like it’s becoming a harsher place (maybe there’s just more damn noise?),” says singer Paul Noonan. “We seek out the comfort of the familiar and familial…arms.”
Bell X1 will be on tour throughout Ireland, The UK (in support of Tori Amos) and Australia for the rest of the year, with more dates to be announced. This year, they’ve headlined sold out shows at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens and Galway Arts Festival and had top billing at the 2016 Indiependence Festival in Cork. In 2015, Bell X1 played a fully sold out acoustic tour and supported Ed Sheeran for two big shows at Croke Park, one of the largest stadiums in Europe.
ARMS Track Listing:
1. Fail Again, Fail Better
2. Bring Me a Fireking
3. The Upswing
4. I Go Where You Go
5. Take Your Sweet Time
6. Sons & Daughters
7. Out of Love
8. Fake Memory
9. The Coalface