A new single release from Bellevue brings on a colorful and classic pop-punk tonality that breeds a sense of live energy with a heavy-handed Sonic presence that creates an atmosphere you want to just dive into and never leave.
"Grass Stains" calls out to your younger self and has a sense of being a part of the soundtrack of your own during a certain era of your life which is part of why it's so inviting and addicting.
The thing about this track is that it gives you everything you want from a purebred pop-punk banger, and with a lot of heart and tons of character which is something that seems to be lacking these days so it's really refreshing to hear it from these guys.
For me, growing up with different kinds of punk rock, especially under the umbrella of that pop-oriented soundscape, this track hits pretty much all the sweet spots that you could ask for from the genre.
It's absolutely clear that this whole band has a love for their craft and what's really captured the best here is that persona.
They have this energy that makes it feel like they're actually performing this live on the floor because the players are almost feeding off of each other the entire time.
Not only does this make the track unique but it also makes you want to see them play live in your face because of the energy on the recording is like, this then seeing them live must be awesome.
The track is not only filled with a genuine anthemic undertone but also boasts hooks that float around in your brain for hours after the song is ended and the only way to satiate that is to play it again which is definitely no problem and also just tells me it's smart songwriting.
This band displays a really powerful sucker punch to the gut, and they do it with a sense of pride which really gets your attention fast.
What's even better is the music video that accompanies the single which is amazing for showing the character of the band and their presence as well because there's a lot about this video that feels like it's from the late 90s or early 2000s.
So, they definitely feed off of that era of pop punk and they've channeled it into their own thing but never stray from that formula.
The song has tons of drive and lots of love and that's all you really need aside from a good backstory with songs like this.
From the guitar tone to the chorus is done in a very particular way and it's so welcoming and even nostalgic for me that I couldn't turn away.
With the release of such a badass single, we wanted to have a sit-down with Bellevue to find out where this track actually came from and what might be coming up next for the band.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with "Grass Stains"! This track captured classic pop-punk with energy and color! How did this release come about?
With this song we embraced our roots in Pop-Punk to bring you a high energy song with a message that people can relate to. Just to give a little insight; “Grass stains” tells the story of my experiences with anxiety, self-consciousness, and just feeling alienated from society and the people around me.
Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as a band?
It was never something that was really planned. Rony and I have known each other for many years and were in bands together. For a while we would always hang out at my house and jam; Until one day David came over and decided to hop on the drums and I picked up the bass and we instantly knew that this was how it was supposed to be.
Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
I’d just say life in general. We write songs about our experiences with mental health issues, substance abuse, suicide, greif, you name it. We write songs about these things not only because it’s the easiest way for us to shed our emotions, but to bring awareness because there are so many people who suffer in silence and we hope that through our music, they can find peace.
Buzz Slayers: This single has some great approaches to it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
I’d say for me (Rich) that my biggest influences at this time would have to be Knuckle puck, Arms Length, and Anxious. Rony, our guitarist, is influenced by Tool, blink-182, and My Chemical Romance. Our drummer david has always been a blast-beating metal head. Some bands that have influenced him are Slipknot, The Amity affliction, and Bullet for my valentine.
Buzz Slayers: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?
When we’re not working on music we’re usually hanging out with our friends or chilling at home playing video games. The three of us are really close so we’re usually just kickin’ it.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?
Origami Angle has been a big one for Rony and I for a while now. I’ve also been listening to alot of Brakence. David has been hopping on the emo wave recently, listening to bands like Basement and Anxious.
Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now?
Yes! We’ve been getting into the Philly DIY scene for the past year or so playing at house venues like “The Neon Jungle”, “Orpheus Garden”, “Fear and loathing philly” as well as playing shows in Jersey and Westchester. We also have a show coming up at “The Junction” in Philly (9/29) which is a new house venue that opened up a few weeks ago. After that, we have a show at “Fumblin Perkins” (10/20).
Buzz Slayers: Do you record these at a big studio or do you have a home studio set-up?
We record at Light and Sound Studio in Trevose PA, Which is owned and operated by a good friend of ours, Andrew Brown. The studio has such a warm and welcoming vibe as well as a great engineer who makes all of our songs not suck!
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
New music, new merch, more shows, and much more!
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Although we haven't been in the game for very long, the amount of love and support we have gotten thus far is incredible and we are extremely thankful. Thank you for listening. Without you, there is no bellevue <3