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PREMIERE: Eight Bells Set Sail With "Hating," a Heavy, Atmospheric New Track Off Their New Album

Stream the first track from the Portland trio's new album, 'Landless.'


Photo by Veleda Thorsson

Search "Eight Bells" on Google, and one of the first results points you towards a painting. In 1886, artist Winslow Horner gave 2D life to two sailors; they stood on deck, peering out into the waves, instruments in hand, searching for clarity (or coordinates, if you prefer to be pragmatic). It depicts a moment of calm reflection in the midst of a journey defined by chaos. While it may be a stretch to think that Portland experimental doom trio Eight Bells drew their name from this particular painting, it's easy enough to draw a parallel between those tempest tossed souls and the members of strange heavy music band trying to navigate a different kind of murky waters.

Originally formed in 2010 by SubArachnoid Space veteran Melynda Jackson, Eight Bells has endured a series of permutations over the past half decade before arriving at its current form: a trio, comprised of Jackson on guitar, and two newer members— bassist Haley Westeiner, and drummer Rae Amitay. Their latest recording, Landless, is a tour de force, grounded in the same out-there progression, ethereal atmosphere, and unexpected harmonies as its predecessor, The Captain's Daughter (maybe my nautical musings aren't that much of a reach after all).

"Hating" is the first track off the trio's upcoming sophomore album, which was produced by tone god Billy Anderson and drops 2/12 on vinyl digital formats via Battleground Records (and on tape via Tartarus Records). Wrap your ears around it right here:

Catch Eight Bells on tour with Voivod and Vektor early next year:

Feb 6 - Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
Feb 7 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Feb 9 - Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage
Feb 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Feb 11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
Feb 12 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Feb 13 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Feb 14 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Feb 16 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings
Feb 18 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Feb 19 - Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
Feb 20 - Ybor City, FL @ Orpheum
Feb 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb 22 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Feb 23 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House
Feb 24 - Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub
Feb 25 - Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
Feb 26 - St Paul, MN @ The Amsterdam
Feb 27 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Feb 28 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird