The BellRays

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

The BellRays

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Blues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. It’s all about emotion and energy, experience and raw

talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide. Bob Vennum and Lisa

Kekaula made the BellRays happen in 1991 in East LA but they weren’t really thinking about any of

this then. They wanted to play music and they wanted it to feel good. They wanted people to WANT

to get up, to NEED to get up and check out what was going on. Form an opinion. React. So they took

everything they knew about; the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Who, the Ramones, Billie Holiday, Lou

Rawls, Hank Williams, the DB’s, Jimmy Reed, Led Zeppelin, to name a very few and pressed it into

service. It was never about coming up with a ‘sound’, or fitting in with a scene. It was about the

energy that made all that music so irresistible. It was the history BEFORE Led Zeppelin that led them

to that point. The Beatles thought they were playing R&B. It just came out like ‘Rubber Soul’. The

Ramones were trying to be Del Shannon or Neil Sedaka and out came ‘Rocket to Russia’. With the

BellRays there was no conscious effort to ‘combine’ rock and soul because they didn’t see them as

divided in the first place. Blues was teaching. Punk was preaching. The BellRays were always