Proudly outspoken and riotously loud, The Bobby Lees are Ipecac Recordings‘ newest signing.
Following on from the success of the Hollywood Junkyard EP and their Summer European tour dates, the band announce their brand new full-length album, Bellevue, thirteen tracks of uninhibited rock and roll arriving on 7th October.
Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Henry Rollins…these are just a few of the punk icons who have shown support for Woodstock, NY based band The Bobby Lees. Sam Quartin [vocals, guitar], Macky Bowman [drums], Nick Casa [guitar], and Kendall Wind [bass] — make music that is punk in spirit and soul; unfettered and resolutely honest. To say their sound is wild and untethered is an understatement. It’s the kind of aural exorcism any listener can tap into, something that struck a chord with Henry Rollins who brought them to Ipecac Recordings where Mike Patton and Greg Werckman signed them.
The Bobby Lees bare their teeth – and their souls – on their new album and Ipecac debut, Bellevue, arriving in October 2022.
The latest single “Monkey Mind” explodes with a head-crushing hook, seesawing back and forth with manic intensity. Sam expands, “It’s about your head talking to you too loudly or being mean to yourself.”
Macky adds “Monkey Mind is my favorite song we’ve ever put out, and what’s more it’s coming out on the National Holiday of Monkey Wednesday! How exciting!”
The Bobby Lees initially made waves with full length albums Beauty Pageant  and Skin Suit —which was produced by Jon Spencer. They then decamped to Sputnik Sound in Nashville to record Bellevue, their debut Ipecac album – live in the studio – with producer Vance Powell [Jack White, Chris Stapleton, The Raconteurs]. “Vance is incredible and we feel very lucky we got to do this record with him,” Sam continues. “Usually when I write the songs, they’re pretty simple. Kendall helps make them more exciting, and the whole band adds their own parts to make it a fully flushed out thing. Vance helped transform some of the tracks into something we never could have done on our own.”
With their intelligent and thoughtful song writing, The Bobby Lees follow their instincts as musicians and friends, working together to create the songs that would eventually form Bellevue. The sound is gritty, minimalist and visceral, each song is an ode to the misfits. “We wrote it while all of this crazy (pandemic) stuff was going on and I think it helped make us more open and vulnerable. We’re taking risks and doing weirder things musically than we have in the past.”
Tracks like “Hollywood Junkyard” and “Dig Your Hips”, which were teased on the Hollywood Junkyard EP this past Summer, illuminate the reckless and raw spirit of the album, while the single “Strange Days” shows another side of the group altogether.
As feverish and nihilistic as the music can at times seem, there’s always a glimmer of hope at the core of each song. “I named the album Bellevue because when I listen back, I hear someone going through that stuff, who is now able to laugh about it and have fun re-telling the stories,” says Sam. “It’s a reminder for me that the most painful and intense things I go through end up being the most rewarding creatively.”
The album will be available in three vinyl variants, including black, white, and a limited edition Coke Bottle clear. There will also be a limited edition white cassette, a CD digipak and a digital release.
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