The Bellbirds were formed mid-2009 with songs and vocals in a stripped-back setting as a way of making sure lyrics and melodies didn’t get lost behind noisy instrumentation. Sean writes most of the songs and tries to make them simple, honest and direct. The default musical setting is 2 acoustic guitars plus piano with occasional touches of brass, organ and percussion.
With the melodies and harmonies of a '60s baroque pop sensibility combined with bitter-sweet lyrics, the birds and bees are miserable but achingly beautiful.
The jewel in the crown here is the soulful, emotional voice of Sandy Mill. The diamond-studded sceptre is Victoria Kelly’s spellbinding voice and keyboards. The throne itself: Don McGlashan’s powerful vocal and instrumental presence. And finally the very royal haemorrhoid cushion of Sean Donnelly’s mildly inept guitar and bass work stops the whole thing from becoming too slick and professional.
Sandy Mill – vocals, percussion
Victoria Kelly – vocals, piano, organ
Don McGlashan – vocals, guitar, various instruments
Sean Donnelly – vocals, guitar, bass