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BELLS OF, Lawrence McDonald, band

Bells Of.

IS

Lawrence McDonald

(collaborators below)


HOMETOWN

Washington, D.C.


MOST POPULAR

11:11
Two Dos or Not 2?
Young McDonald & the 5 Season...


GREATEST HITS

Bypass
Chess
Deceptive Paradise
Mrs. N
Star and Sun
Strange Pair
Untied


LAWRENCE'S FARM

Quindocqua Farms


ALSO

BELLS OF own site


DESCRIPTION

A former semi-pro skateboarder and current organic farmer/ceramacist/guitarist/singer /composer/historian/poet, Lawrence McDonald formed Bells Of in 1985.

The band started off as a punk slanted outfit with members of Dischord bands Faith and Rites of Spring, but Lawrence has always remained the one constant member. It has evolved into something not at all hardcore, but something like song-based free jazz indie-pop. Lightning-quick guitar work, unusual melodies and spoken/sung scratchy vocal delivery comes together as experimental-improv pop music.


BELLS OF Eleven:Eleven album
BELLS OF Two Dos or Not Two? album
BELLS OF 3's Company album
BELLS OF Young McDonald & the 5 Season Farmers album
2001 Teen-Beat Sampler album
Teen-Beat 20th Anniversary Commemorative album
Teen-Beat No.1 Record Label album
BELLS OF, band, Lawrence McDonald

Lawrence
Photo by [unknown]


BELLS OF, band, Lawrence McDonald

Lawrence
Photo by [unknown]


BELLS OF, band, Lawrence McDonald playboy

Lawrence and friends
Photo by [unknown]


BELLS OF, band, Lawrence McDonald

Lawrence
Photo by [unknown]


BELLS OF, band, Lawrence McDonald

Lawrence
Photo by [unknown]


BELLS OF, band, Lawrence McDonald

Lawrence and Bells Of
Photo by [unknown]



BELLS OF COVER ARTIST

Peter Quinn. The late painter has provided paintings and illustrations for all Bells Of releases.


BAND MEMBERS

Tom Allnutt,
Ethan Brown,
Fernando Carr,
Andy Cone,
John Garrish
Ken "Bidge" Kavanaugh,
Alec MacKaye,
Lawrence McDonald,
Ian Michaels


GUEST PLAYERS

John Airs,
Charles Bennington,
Matt Ellis,
Alex Hall,
Sam Janotta,
Mark McDonald,
Jason Meggs,
Scott Otter,
Paul Resnikoff,
Tim Sweeney,
Geoff Turner,
Dave Van Fiddlbender


FILM


OBLIVION

Short film with non-album song as the soundtrack.





WALLENDA

Filmed at Lawrence's Quindocqua Farm. From Teen-Beat 493.





DECEPTIVE PARADISE

Filmed at Lawrence's Quindocqua Farm. From Teen-Beat 493.




SELF-DESCRIPTION

BELLS OF... was formed one fine day in 1985 as a music project of Lawrence McDonald. The project continues to this day. BELLS OF... has begun, and BELLS OF... has no end.


SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Bells Of was primarily the project of Washington, D.C.-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Lawrence McDonald, who debuted in 1992 with 11:11, an eclectic collection of home recordings cut with a variety of guest musicians. His sophomore record, 1994's Two Dos or Not 2?, collected material dating back as far as 1986, with the spotlight on McDonald's increasingly jazzy guitar work; a third Bells Of record, 3's Company, followed. In 1999, album number four, 4 Your Listening Pleasure, was released.
- Jason Ankeny, All Music


POETRY


THE FALL OF THE LOMAN EMPIRE

Bob's face had become
Synonymous with the Georgetown Theater
The lines on his forehead
Engraved by decades of disingenuously using the words
"Thank you"
He worked the ticket booth
I was his apprentice
The ticket ripper
He tried
In earnest
To teach me the finer points of being a theater usher
The correct method of holding the door open
For patrons
And so forth
In 1961 he held the door open
For President Kennedy ("And his date--shhh!" Bob said this was confidential)
On Jack's way in to see a live performance of the play
Death of a Salesman
This was the high point of his career
Five shows a day of the x-rated Roman epic
Caligula
Was the current fare
Even so
This was not enough to save the antiquated movie house
According to Bob
The theater
Had come a long way from it's former glory
One winter day
Between shows
He told me the dreadful news
"Gus says they finally found a buyer."
"They're gonna gut this place like a fish"
"And turn it into a jewelry outlet"
"Imagine that"
"The end of an empire"
Bob was getting pretty worked up
I detected a tear in his eye
"You don't even seem to care!"
I just sat there
On the heater
Dressed up in the usher's red monkey suit
Looking through the large glass door
At cars passing by on Wisconsin Avenue
Wishing I was somewhere else
For once
Bob was right


ROOT BOY SLIM

Slim was fat
Obese is more accurate
He said he was a mean lean machine
When he played football for Yale
Twenty-five years ago
Aging gracefully
Did not apply to Slim
People who came by the house to visit
Commented on his condition
"You should drink a quart of orange juice every morning"
"Like my wife and me"
One Root Boy fan remarked
Slim stared at him with disgust
Dare to be fat
Was his mantra
Coffee and donuts
In the morning
Pizza around noon
Power nap afterward
Chinese food
Delivered to our doorstep in the early evening
Foster McKenzie drank Black Label and smoked Reds
All day long
He lived fast
And died in his sleep
A heart attack
At forty-six
The music magazines called him a hero in eulogy
The "Godfather of Puke"
I just thought he was lazy
And fat


DISCOGRAPHY


ALBUMS

11:11
Two Dos or Not 2
3's Company
Four Your Listening Pleasure
Young McDonald & the 5 Season Farmers


COMPILATIONS

Teen-Beat Fifty
Wakefield: Volume 1
Wakefield: The Teen-Beat Boxed Set
1996 Teenbeat Sampler
1997 Teenbeat Sampler
2001 Teenbeat Sampler
2002 Teenbeat Sampler
2003 Teenbeat Sampler
Teen-Beat 20th Commemorative
Teen-Beat No.1 Record Label
Teen-Beat Holiday Card 2010/2011


ALSO

Teen-Beat's Fifth Anniversary
One-sided vinyl LP (not released)
Teen-Beat 11th Anniversary Celebrations
Bells Of tee-shirt
Teen-Beat Sweet 16th Anniversary Celebrations


SONGS

Aeschylus
All My Favorite Friends
Aphrodite
Bittersweet
Bluebird, White Dwarf
Bypass
Chess
The Commission of Captain Cook
Confuser
Cornrows
Deceptive Paradise
Easy
Ephemeral
Five
Flight
The Ghost of Susan Ward
Heart Attack
History
In the Morning
Indifferent Smile
Long Daze
Lost
Lullaby
Message to a Newborn
Mobius
Mrs. N
New Romance Song
No One
One Shot
Patowmack
Quindocqua Sunrise
Quite Waiting for June
Re-evolve in Purgatory
Resolve
Ruby Red
Secret Messenger
Slip Slide
Star and Sun
Strange Pair
Talk a Lot
Tell Me to Go
Thoughts on a Wake
Tony Thai-Man in Memoriam
Untied
Wallenda
Winter Addiction
Winter Wonders
You're Not My Friend