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BELLS OF 00/85 album

Bells Of

00/85

SIDE ONE:

Live as You Please
Down
In Stone
Like In Movies


SIDE TWO:

Within Time
After Rain
Off White


Vinyl LP (LP) ($16,00)

12-inch vinyl with innersleeve and booklet. [via our pals at Dischord]

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Bells Of, Lawrence McDonald
Lawrence McDonald at the second Bells Of show in 1985.
Photo by Mark McDonald.
Bells Of, 00/85 album
Bells Of
00/85
jacket, front
Bells Of, 00/85 album cover back
Bells Of
00/85
jacket, back
Bells Of, 00/85 album innersleeve front
Bells Of
00/85
innersleeve, front
Bells Of, 00/85 album innersleeve back
Bells Of
00/85
innersleeve, back
Bells Of, 00/85 album side one label
Bells Of
00/85
label, side one
Bells Of, 00/85 album side two label
Bells Of
00/85
label, side two

DESCRIPTION

The very first studio recording of Bells Of from their inaugural year of 1985.


LINER NOTES


PLAYERS

Lawrence McDonald, vocals, guitar

Bleu Kopperl, bass

Pete Wilborne, drums

Alec MacKaye, backing vocals


RECORDED BY

Don Zientara,

at Inner Ear, Arlington, Virginia, USA
August 11, 1985


MIXED BY

Don Zientara,

and Bells Of


MASTERED BY

Dan Coutant

in 2015


COVER DESIGN

Jason Farrell


ET CETERA

This is the first Bells Of release to not feature the artwork of Peter Quinn on the front cover.

The band entered the studio with then vocalist Alec MacKaye. He left the band before his vocals were recorded. Guitarist, songwriter, and band leader Lawrence McDonald then sang the lyrics himself. Alec's backing vocals do appear on "Live as You Please."

The vinyl LP was manufactured and released by Rich Jacobs' the Move Sounds label in Oakland, California. A co-release with the Teen-Beat label. Teen-Beat provided the download and streaming and also offered the album in their store.

The Move Sounds release date for the record was October 25, 2015. The 30th anniversary of Bells Of second show and also Lawrence's birthday.


BIOGRAPHY

1985 was a transitional period for the Washington DC music scene. Founding members of the hardcore movement pulled away from its original trajectory in search of a new musical direction. Rites of Spring, Embrace, and Gray Matter are all well-known and well-documented examples of this time and shift that came to be known as Revolution Summer.

But theirs were not the only voices.

In the early months of '85, 17-year-old guitarist Lawrence McDonald set out to form a new band. His ex-bandmates from his previous hardcore band Capital Punishment were doing the same — Mike Fellows with Rites of Spring and Colin Sears with Dag Nasty. Lawrence found vocalist Alec MacKaye (Faith), drummer Pete Wilborne (The 400), and bassist Bleu Kopperl and Bells of was born. Inspired by the budding movement of the time, the band moved quickly. By summer they began their first recording at Inner Ear Studio with Don Zeintara, and on August 11, 1985, Bells Of played their first show, opening for Rites of Spring and Embrace. Unfortunately, Alec departed soon after, leaving the recording without vocals and the band without a vocalist. 

Not wanting to lose momentum and having written all the lyrics anyway, Lawrence returned to Inner Ear to sing his songs for the first time. He pulled fellow skater Jason Farrell into the band as second guitar to help in a live setting while Lawrence transitioned to lead vocals and guitar. On October 25, 1985, Bells of played their second show, again with Rites of Spring and Embrace. It was Lawrence's 18th birthday, and the real birthday for Bells of — a musical entity that has continued uninterrupted to this day.

For reasons that are not entirely clear, this first Bells of recording was never released. After mixing the songs, Don Zientara set the tape box on a shelf at Inner Ear where it was forgotten as Lawrence set about writing more. By the following spring, Lawrence had shed all the songs, shed the members, and started over anew — a cycle he would repeat multiple times over the years. A few of the songs made their way across the country on cassette dubs passed between DC purists and pockets of fans with little or no backstory to the songs' origin. Rich Jacobs was one of those fans. He enlisted the help of Jason Farrell to track down Lawrence and the lost collection of songs to give them the release they both felt it deserved. The tape box was still sitting on Don's shelf 30 years later.

BELLS OF, Lawrence McDonald, skateboard

RELEASE DATE

October 31, 2015


FORMAT

vinyl LP


LENGTH

21 minutes, 39 seconds
7 tracks


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 503
TMS003


DETAILS

500 pressed.


JACKET:
Black ink on white stock.


INNERSLEEVE:
Black ink on white stock.


LABEL:
Black ink on white paper.


VINYL:
Colourless and transparent.



Printed and pressed by
Erika Records,
Buena Park, California.

DISCOGRAPHY


ALBUMS

00/85
11:11
Two Dos or Not 2
3's Company
Four Your Listening Pleasure
Young McDonald & the 5 Season Farmers


COMPILATIONS

Teen-Beat Fifty
Wakefield: Volume 1
Wakefield: The Teen-Beat Boxed Set
1996 Teenbeat Sampler
1997 Teenbeat Sampler
2001 Teenbeat Sampler
2002 Teenbeat Sampler
2003 Teenbeat Sampler
Teen-Beat 20th Commemorative
Teen-Beat No.1 Record Label
Teen-Beat Holiday Card 2010/2011


ALSO

Teen-Beat's Fifth Anniversary
One-sided vinyl LP (not released)
Teen-Beat 11th Anniversary Celebrations
Bells Of tee-shirt
Teen-Beat Sweet 16th Anniversary Celebrations


SONGS

Aeschylus
After Rain
All My Favorite Friends
Aphrodite
Bittersweet
Bluebird, White Dwarf
Bypass
Chess
The Commission of Captain Cook
Confuser
Cornrows
Deceptive Paradise
Down
Easy
Ephemeral
Five
Flight
The Ghost of Susan Ward
Heart Attack
History
In the Morning
In Stone
Indifferent Smile
Like in Movies
Live as You Please
Long Daze
Lost
Lullaby
Message to a Newborn
Mobius
Mrs. N
New Romance Song
No One
Off White
One Shot
Patowmack
Quindocqua Sunrise
Quite Waiting for June
Re-evolve in Purgatory
Resolve
Ruby Red
Secret Messenger
Slip Slide
Star and Sun
Strange Pair
Talk a Lot
Tell Me to Go
Thoughts on a Wake
Tony Thai-Man in Memoriam
Untied
Wallenda
Winter Addiction
Winter Wonders
Within Time
You're Not My Friend