Born out of midnight rendezvous and clandestine love, Evening Bell’s dark and haunting songs have all the passion and tragedy of a broken howl under the high desert moonrise. Part western psychedelia, part Northwest rock ‘n roll, Evening Bell is the collaboration between Hart Kingsbery (Davidson Hart Kingsbery) and Caitlin Sherman (Slow Skate). The duo is rounded out with a rhythm section reminiscent of The Wrecking Crew in their more psychedelic moments and the lilting cry of pedal steel, and stray bullet style guitar completes their cosmic sound.
Their debut album, Dying Stars (2016), is the kind of album you might expect to come from Ennio Morricone and David Bowie watching Twin Peaks together. The record has garnered radio play across the country including spotlight spins on the highly influential KEXP, earned them festival appearances in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Bandit Town events, and soon they’ll be concurring Europe. They’ve shared the stage with Wanda Jackson, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Ha Ha Tonka, La Luz, Barna Howard, Banditos, Howe Gelb, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Moondoggies, Kyle Craft and Alela Dianne among many others.
The Bowie comparison is not thrown around lightly as his ethos of mixing classical compositions with rock and roll is one of the main tenants of Evening Bell’s own process. Owing in large part to Sherman’s lifelong musical education and the fact that Bowie was the first artist that Kingsbery and Sherman, (now partnered in life as well as in music), bonded over. Both of them coming out of the strong roots scene in Ballard Washington and now writing songs nourished by those roots and watered by the acidic and persistent Pacific Northwest rain. What you get are tunes to drive in a storm to, words that speak to star crossed heartbreakers and rock electric enough to power your high beams and guide you into the trees.
Employing the percussion of Jason Merculief (J. Tillman, Sera Cahoone, Alela Dianne), deep melodies on bass of Aaron Harmonson, and the haunting, marijuana soaked pedal steel/guitar of Olie Eshelman (Corespondents), Evening Bell transcends the constraints of nostalgia to create something truly different.