BELL X1 Tickets
Bell X1's 'Chop Chop Tour' that follows in the wake of the Irish trio's 8th album is coming to Manchester and London in November
While the past few years have seen Bell X1 making major artistic and career strides, the group has been honing its sound since its formation in 1999, and its members have been making music together since the early '90s. Having met at school in Ireland's North County Kildare, Noonan, Geraghty and Phillips first recorded as members of Juniper, whose lead singer was Damien Rice.
After Rice departed to launch his solo career, Noonan, Geraghty, Phillips and Crosby regrouped and rechristened themselves Bell X1, borrowing the name of the first plane to break the sound barrier.
Bell X1 debuted with 2000's Neither Am I, produced by Crowded House member Nick Seymour. That disc became a modest cult hit in Ireland, where the band's tireless touring efforts won it a reputation as a powerful live act. The sophomore effort Music in Mouth followed in 2003, and established Bell X1 as both a major attraction and a critical favourite in its homeland, while winning the group increasing popularity in Europe.
Upon its release in late 2005, Flock, produced by studio vet Roger Bechirian, of Elvis Costello/Squeeze/Undertones fame, became a smash, establishing Bell X1 as one of Ireland's best-selling recording acts and most popular live bands. This momentum lead to a North American release in 2008 and won Bell X1 a substantial audience in America, where the band toured, and managed to survive unscathed after their tour bus caught fire in Medford, Massachusetts. Undeterred, the band would tour America 3 more times that year and the group's stateside profile was further enhanced by performances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
The success of Flock led to Bell X1 setting up its own label, BellyUp Records, giving the band complete control over its musical output. The new imprint's initial release was the hugely successful live CD/DVD package Tour De Flock, which debuted at Number Four on the Irish charts, the highest-ever debut for a self-released title.
Hailed by the likes of Vanity Fair who heralded their US arrival as an international phenomenon, the band showed no signs of stopping. Their last album Blue Lights on the Runway debuted at Number One in Ireland, and was certified multi-Platinum while going on to become the biggest selling independent title that year and spawning the number one single "The Great Defector" -- a track that also went top 10 in America and spread across Europe.