So, blackened experimentalists Eight Bells currently list their lineup as consisting of guitarist/vocalist/founder Melynda Jackson, bassist Dan Barone and bassist/vocalist/synthesist Melynda Marie Amann. Something tells me the Portland-based outfit might not be done announcing lineup changes considering there isn’t a drummer mentioned anywhere in there. Rae Amitay played on the band’s second album, Landless (review here), which came out earlier this year on Battleground Records, but I guess it’s entirely possible they’ll get someone else for the role if she’s not still in it.
The PR wire brings the latest update and a couple dates Eight Bells will do with SubRosa in the Pacific Northwest:
EIGHT BELLS: Experimental Doom Unit Announces Updated Lineup; November Shows With SubRosa Confirmed
Experimental doom unit EIGHT BELLS — featuring within their eclectic ranks guitarist/vocalist Melynda Jackson, formerly of SubArachnoid Space, the San Francisco psych rockers whose final album, released in 2009 on Crucial Blast, is the origin of the EIGHT BELLS name — is pleased to welcome bassist/SubArachnoid Space alumni Dan Barone and Melynda Amann of Portland’s Jamais Jamais to the fold.
Comments Jackson of the band’s new recruits: “I am super excited for this upcoming next chapter. I am thrilled to be playing again after five or so years with Dan Barone. He played a writing role as well as bass on the final SubArachnoid Space album, and I feel lucky to have reunited with him. Melynda — yes we have the same name spelled the same way — honors me by joining. She will be adding some keyboard and of course her amazing voice. To have our first performance in Portland be with our friends in SubRosa is amazing, and we can’t wait to travel with them, even if it is short but sweet!”
The trio-turned-quartet will play their first shows together this Fall supporting SubRosa with additional live appearances in the plotting stages.
11/16/2016 Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR w/ SubRosa, Jamais Jamais
11/17/2016 Cobalt – Vancouver BC w/ SubRosa
11/18/2016 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ SubRosa
EIGHT BELLS released their sophomore full-length, Landless, via Battleground Records earlier this year.
EIGHT BELLS was forged in 2010 by Melynda Jackson (SubArachnoid Space) and began as a songwriting collaboration with jazz-trained six-string bassist Haley Westeiner and drummer Chris Van Huffel. Based in Portland, Oregon, EIGHT BELLS explores dark sonic realms with a blackened dissonance combined with ethereal and haunting female vocals.