Music Q&A:
The Bellrays

Returning with their first full new album since 2010, Californian duo Lisa Kekaula and Robert Vennum play Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (8 March) and the Soup Kitchen, Manchester
(9 March)

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What informs your music and songwriting?
All of our “personal” life experience, meaning things we actually experience, not esoteric topics or hypotheticals.

How have you evolved as an act over the years?
We’ve gotten better at knowing what we do well and what we can but choose not to.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We just finished PunkFunkRockSoul Vols 1 and 2 and have an album’s worth of Bob and Lisa acoustic songs we’ve been demoing. We also have a Lisa and the Lips (our eight-piece funk band) in the can waiting to come life.

What’s on your rider?

Beer and world peace. We never get one of them.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
We cultivated The Bellrays sound on a diet of practice, practice and listening to The Who live at Leeds, continually for about five years. So when we got to play Leeds Festival some 15 years ago – that was pretty sureal.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Happy Birthday and Won’t Get Fooled Again.

What’s your worst lyric?
From Never Let A Woman: “That morning at breakfast…”

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