The Bellfuries’ discography is a wild one, referencing rockabilly, R.E.M.-like jangle-pop, and soul. But if there’s one unifying idea, it’s the band’s understanding of rock ‘n’ roll. Their songs are simple and direct, built on rollicking rhythms and melodic twists that would make Lennon and McCartney proud.
It’s been seven years since their last release, but the new Workingman’s Bellfuries picks up where the band left off. Frontman Joey Simeone has a yelp of a voice that makes sure these songs are fun and addictive. “Bad Seed Sown” smuggles its darkness inside a glowing melody. It’s retro, but timeless. Download a Studio 1A version of the song below.