Word of ’90s alternative outfit Belly’s reunion broke when they were announced as part of the 2018 Boston Calling lineup. Now, the full details of their comeback have been revealed, including a new album and full tour.
Belly will release DOVE, their first full-length in 23 years, on May 4th via their own Belly Touring. Produced by the Rhode Island band’s guitarist Tom Gorman and Paul Q. Kolderie (Hole, Radiohead), the 11-track album is just their third following 1995’s King and 1993’s Grammy-nominated Star. It’s also their most collaborative record ever, with songs being built over email as each band member added their own parts.
The fruits of this collective labor are heard on the effort’s lead single, a gliding alternative dream called “Shiny One”. “I have a lot of affection for ‘Shiny One’,” said guitarist/singer Tanya Donelly in a press release. “It was the first completely collaborative song we’ve ever done — [bassist] Gail [Greenwood] wrote the riff and the chorus, Tom and I wrote the verse and bridge, [drummer] Chris [Gorman’s] parts shaped the direction and vibe. When I hear it, I hear all four of us equally.”
Update — Monday, March 12th at 11:30 a.m. CT: Check out the new music video for “Shiny One”, directed by Gorman and Jack McKenna.
Gorman discussed the clip in a statement:
I purchased a crow mask from Archie McFee a few years ago for a Halloween party that had an “enchanted forest” theme. I’m a lazy and dull human being so I just wore the mask and street clothes. In the party photos everyone looked magical and “enchanted” but I looked disturbing and wrong. I always wanted to do something with that.
After moving to a house surrounded by woods I started capitalizing on the space for Belly stuff, like the woodshed photo shoot, or the Hushabye Mountain photo series. When it became clear that we were calling the album DOVE and the suggestion that we produce our own video the masks were my first and only idea. I sent a brief pitch to the band saying “hey guys, what if we shoot a video and we all have bird heads?” The response was overwhelmingly affirmative. I purchased 3 more heads.
Due to scheduling I had to shoot each band member on their own – we used my garage as a studio space and the woods around my home for the ‘critter in the woods’ stuff and tree related b-roll.
I worked very closely with my good friend Jack McKenna as we processed the clips and together we arrived at an Andy Warhol layered silkscreen look that really seemed to match the hallucinogenic vibe and retro groove of the song. I have to give a ton of credit to Jack for pulling it all together.
Pre-orders of DOVE come with an instant download of “Shiny One”, and you can get yours here. The full tracklist and album art are below.
02. Shiny One
03. Human Child
05. Suffer The Fools
07. Army of Clay
08. Stars Align
Belly have also revealed a reunion tour, their first trek since 1995. Things kick off with the aforementioned Boston Calling gig, after which they’ll head to the UK for much of June. The US leg begins in Los Angeles in August and ends with a Chicago show in early October. Find the complete docket below.
Belly 2018 Tour Dates:
05/26 – Cambridge, MA @ Boston Calling
06/09 – Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
06/10 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
06/11 – Cardiff, UK @ Glee Club
06/12 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
06/13 – Leeds, UK @ Beckett
06/14 – Whitley Bay, UK @ Playhouse
06/16 – Glasgow, UK @ O2ABC
06/17 – Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
06/18 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
06/19 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
06/20 – London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
08/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram
08/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram
08/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
08/11 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
08/12 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
08/22 – Portland, ME @ Port City
08/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
08/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
09/29 – Washington, DC @ 9 -30 Club
10/04 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
10/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
10/06 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre