Published Apr 08, 2014When you hear the oft-used cliché "beauty and the beast," you probably think of some creepy guy practising his pickup techniques. But when it comes to Toronto-based '90s rock revivalists Bella Clava, there's no other adage that comes close to epitomizing the band's beautifully barbaric sound, which perfectly combines the guttural growls of frontwoman Caitlin Dacey with the radio-ready hooks of her hard rock backing band.
Don't believe us? Hear for yourself by listening to the group's sophomore effort, Medicine for Melancholy, in full on Exclaim.ca ahead of its April 17 release date.
Recorded by Mathias Schneeberger (the Twilight Singers, Fu Manchu) at Joshua Tree, CA's Rancho de la Luna recording studio (famous for its sessions featuring Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss, among others), the band deliver a pristine mix of rousing classic rock and hard rock hooks on their newest LP.
Tracks like album opener "A Face Only a Mother Could Love" and the album's title track showcase Bella Clava's penchant for grunge-inspired melodies and wooly fuzz, while album cuts like "Broken Sprit" and "When Christ Was a Cowboy" hint at a more complicated musical prowess hidden underneath the band's desert rock-aping anthems.
Stream the album in its entirety in the player below, which can be found hidden underneath Bella Clava's upcoming tour dates.
04/07 Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirate's Pub
04/24 Ottawa, ON – Avant Garde Bar
04/25 Montreal, QC – Barfly
04/26 Halifax, NS – Plan B
04/28 Moncton, NB – Plan B
04/29 Saint John, NB – Callahan's Pub
04/30 Fredericton, NB – Nirvana
05/01 Quebec City, QC – Le Scanner
05/02 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
05/03 Oshawa, ON – Wasted Space
08/29 Toronto, ON – Yonge and Dundas Square