Belly New Album PledgeMusic Campaign Announced
’90s alt-rockers Belly launched a PledgeMusic campaign, located here. You can advance-order their forthcoming third album on vinyl, CD, or as a digital download, as well as find a variety of “bundles” and exclusive limited-edition goodies. All advance orders through Pledge give you member-only access to updates, peeks into the studio, and a soon to be released digital download of their cover of “Hush-a-Bye Mountain.”
Statement via their PledgeMusic page:
“We’ve recorded most of the ‘basic’ tracks at Stable Sound Studio in Rhode Island with our old friend Paul Q. Kolderie at the board, and now we’re in the process of recording guitars, vocals and various other overdubs. Needless to say, making a record today is very different from the last time Belly recorded together. And so are the mechanisms of sharing music with our friends and the rest of the world.”
About the band:
Belly formed in 1991 after Tanya Donelly left the critically acclaimed Throwing Muses, which she’d founded with her stepsister Kristin Hersh while they were both still in high school. Just prior to leaving the Muses, Tanya co-founded The Breeders as a side project with Kim Deal of The Pixies, but soon realized she needed more space to pursue her own fractured-fairytale alternative-pop-rock song-writing vision.
Tanya recruited brothers Chris and Tom Gorman to play drums and guitar, respectively. The band immediately got to work on Belly’s debut album, Star. The album was recorded in two sessions in Nashville with engineer Tracy Chisholm, and in Liverpool, England, with producer Gil Norton. Just before the release of the album in January 1993, Gail Greenwood joined the band on bass.
By turns dreamy, creepy, jaggedly delicate and melodically expansive, Star was propelled by the single “Feed the Tree” achieving gold-record status in the US, earning two Grammy nominations and eventually selling two million copies worldwide.
In the summer of 1994, Belly began writing and rehearsing for their 1995 sophomore release King. Produced by the legendary Glyn Johns, King was a more ‘rock-oriented’ and live-sounding album, reflecting the band’s experience of hard touring that preceded it, as well as Johns’ minimalist production style.
Belly unceremoniously disbanded on Nov. 11, 1995, after playing the final show of the King tour at The Dragonfly in Los Angeles.