02.28.15 Brand new video for Housewarming Party, starring our pal Ric Walker, pressed into action while on a visit from Chicago last summer.
02.07.15 Here are some shots from the first show with our new lineup...
01.09.15 We have our Winter shows booked and they are bad-ass. Starting 4 weeks from tonight!
Damn. Can't wait for these shows! Also, here's a new video for Precious TIme - the first song on our album. Enjoy!
12.31.14 Happy new year, everybody! We have a couple of end of the year announcements. FIRST, we are super excited about our 2 new members: Jeff Porter on lead guitar and Rachel Coddington on vocals! We wish all the best to Ellen and Mark in their future endeavors. SECOND, we are putting the finishing touches on our 4-song EP for release early next year! THIRD, we just got a sweet (and lengthy) review on our debut album (better late than never), so check it out:! We are looking forward to a great 2015 with you all. Cheers!
09.27.14 Very excited to be playing our last show of the year (and celebrating Pete's 50th birthday!) with Eyelids and Paradise at the Secret Society. Work is progressing on the 4-song EP, which we are recording with King Black Acid's Daniel Riddle at his Mazinga Studio. The songs are May Pang (written by Pete and Ellen), Still Summer (written by Sean T and Pete), Wimbledon Bardot (written by Pete, Sean F and Ellen) and Shining On (written by Pete and Sean F). We can't wait for you to hear them! Looking like a early 2015 release.
Here's a preview of the show from Go Local PDX: ""Wild Bells is the latest group from guitarist and singer Pete Ficht, a veteran of such notable local outfits as Joy Pop Turbo, State Flowers, and King Black Acid. Wild Bells have a potent pop sound held aloft by jingle-jangle guitars and sturdy vocal harmonies."
08.23.14 We are heading back into the studio with a brand new batch of songs. These are ones written for Kickstarter backers (finally) and we hope to release a 4-song EP in the next month or two...
05.30.14 We have a brand new "old" video of Curtain Call to share. This was filmed as part of our Kickstarter campaign about a year ago. Still with Craig on guitar and before Ellen and Mark joined the band. This was fun to do because we actually only filmed the outro of the song, and so we had to fill out the rest of the video somehow! Filmed by Eric Maxen and edited by Pete.
03.17.14 Well, we just had our first show with our new guitarist, Mark Pickett. Mark (originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas) is not only an exceptional lead guitarist but a strong singer - so get ready for some 4-part harmonies! And here's a new picture - click to view the large version.
01.19.14 We've been wood-shedding and working up some new tunes and getting ready for our next show, which is at the Alberta St. Pub on Saturday, March 15th with Wilkinson Blades and the Stubborn Lovers.
And, not to bury the lead, but here's our first video! The Portland Mercury says "The video was made of Super 8 footage shot in the '70s by band member Pete Ficht's father in the rural town of Mantua, Ohio (current population: 1,033). Over Ellen Louise Osborn's vocals and heartwarming "la las", the warm glow of nostalgia rings deep. Wild Bells' next hometown show is March 15 at Alberta Street Pub."
10.08.13 One week to go till the album release and we've got 2 new song to share with you: the epic Skyscraper and the wee Golden Boy. The old Wild Bells ying/yang, if you will. You can stream and share it from the Soundcloud site or listen right here!
09.05.13 Wild Bells, our debut album is coming out on October 15th. It will only be available through download, so you will be able to find it on iTunes, Amazon and all the typical sites. Preview the single “Precious Time / Parasite” here!