Highly regarded London rock-trio BELLA FIGURA have built a strong London following with a sound that has cut deeply into the London scene with cerebral poetic lyricism but also has blown away audiences with its sheer raw power.
Recently packing out major London venues and performing at Larmer Tree, 2000 Trees, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, the Dr. Martens: Stand For Something Tour and the Music Week RADAR Showcase, as well as being selected to perform (solo) for the highly respected Coffee House Tour, the band are on an emotionally charged rollercoaster which looks set to continue to bring them critical acclaim and legions of new followers.
New single ‘Didn’t Love You’ taken from the band’s latest EP ‘Forever Lost’ continues to push the American west coast sounds of the 60’s and 70’s forward in a psychedelic blues driven swirl of intoxicating regret and anguish that nourishes as much as it does engage. Powerfully cathartic yet immediately impacting, the track deals with the labyrinth of emotions and the guarding of the self involved in becoming close to someone which is plainly laid bare in the main track hook lyric: “When I said I didn’t love you, I lied”.
“Serious song-writing… Cerebral, poetic lyricism.” – CLASH
“Cool-breeze guitars, wood-smoked vocals.” – Q
“Superb… Neil Young would be proud.” – NME
“An impressively talented bunch.” – DIY
“Unfeigned lyrics.” – MUSIC WEEK
“Really, really great.” – RADIO X
The band’s frontman Justin Gartry, who is in one moment a musical monster and in the next has the sentiment of a gentle giant, is set to become the centre of his own musical scene with the launch of this single coinciding with a week of gigs being setup for some very exciting new artists and alter egos and new musical incarnations of Gartry’s as part of the Give-A-Gig week in aid of the Youth Music Charity and coalescing together Gartry’s own new independent record label Tourino Records.
Having recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder which is perhaps why there’s a full range of both light and darkness in Bella Figura’s sound, Gartry’s also found a release for his soft singer-songwriter side under “J. Nicholas” as well as his darker blues performer, “Bake Lee”. Over the week of gigs, Justin will also play drums in the improvised experimental duo (two brothers) “Giamatone” as well as lead guitar for folky guitar duo “Smart & Gartry”.
In Bella Figura, along-side two close friends Oli Morgan who Gartry met studying music production on bass and Jack Morford who he met whilst studying Astrophysics on drums and with his label collective and this week of youth music charity shows, Gartry is in his element poised on the edge of more explorations.
Bella Figura will be headlining Mau Mau Bar on March 28th and the other show details and lineups can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2170805536478552/ – All profits go to The Youth Music Charity.