BeThisBell

BeThisBell

 
1402 E Street #3, Eureka, California, USA
BandRockPunk

Psychedelic Rock colored with Punk, Grunge, Garage, Glam, Classic & Blues influences. A sonic rainbow tripping out on modern culture, lyrically. Literally.

New album (9/15/2014) signed to publishing administration deals with Essex Music Intl. (title cut-derivative work David Bowie) and TRO Workshop Productions (full album). BeTh has two poetry books signed to publishing deals with Tate Publishing (OKC) for release later this year.

Press: "catchy, one-of-a-kind edgy sound, fiery passion"

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Biography

BeTh isBell is a talented songwriter, poet, lyricist, and published author.  A dynamic frontperson/vocalist and fiery indie blues rock guitarist.  She has a new psychedelic rock / punk album We Are The Gods! (9/15/14) receiving good reviews & radio airplay.  And 2 poetry books accepted for publication which are being released later this year.  She is also a Radio DJ, hosting The Flower Power Hour, a psychedelic rock show on KMUD (NorthCalifornia).

BeTh isBell Bio


“I am the bastard love child of
Janis Joplin & Jim Morrison, except that one day while Jimbo took a
trip in the desert, Janis was in NYC banging Lou Reed. It's all a little
fuzzy from there, ... and yes, I'm actually a girl! ... well,
currently!” - BeTh isBell


BeTh isBell’s journey to become the psychedelic punk
glam rocker she is today hasn’t - by any means - taken a traditional
musician’s path to artistic fruition. BeTh, born as a young boy named
Bill in Columbus, GA, grew up in the US and Europe through school,
college and law school as boy. Then as a man. And, now a woman. Now an accomplished musician with a library of diverse yet equally compelling
recordings, BeTh’s gift as a songwriter and infectious live performances
mix elements of both genders, all while maintaining, at the core, a
magical soul and mastery of craft capable of inspiring the hope within
all of us to be who we truly are.


“Adversity challenges one’s true soul to emerge,”
BeTh often says. The struggle to overcome infects her lyrics, propelled
by a resonant assault of musical textures that contrasts peace sought
with the war in one’s mind. Beautiful, haunting at times, her music has
the power to fill and teach souls. BeTh’s powerful songs and
performances are summed up by her personal haiku: "I live to create, fucking art for the masses. This bitch loves to rock!"


BeTh’s musical journey began in the late 90s, after a
divorce, as she was winding down her career as a civil rights attorney
and beginning her journey to cross the gender divide. She fell in love
with music, singing songs around campfires with talented songwriter and
guitarist friends. Infused with these folk influences, the first country
song she ever wrote, “The Good Woman Waltz” became the title cut of her
first CD, originally released under the name Bill Isbell, and the #1
song in the Texas Top 40 for original songwriters. Simultaneously, she
began furiously writing punk rock songs and released The Flying Lennys
EP a punk-pop collection that featured a special guest appearance by
one of her close friends, neighbor, and musical mentors, Jazz legend Joe
McBride.


Living as a women in a man’s body was not an easy
evolution; BeTh was thrown out of clubs and banned from playing some of
her favorite venues as her soul and body transitioned. But, she
persevered. During this trying period, she focused on song writing and
improving her performance skills (BeTh describes herself “as a songwriter first, who loves to perform”) as
the front person for Dallas psychedelic blues rock band - and
underground critic darlings - The Dead Prophets. BeTh’s prolific
songwriting continued and she placed in several national songwriting
competitions and went on to release a number of EPs spanning genres
including coffee-house style folk rock and blues (“Live @ The Blue
Moon”, “The Awakening”, “Aardvark” and “This Is The Blues!”).


BeTh’s current sound can be described as a mix of an
acoustic & electric Neil Young guitar assault and a David Bowie/Iggy
Pop voice, which with a full band, blends passionate delivery & a
Morrison/Joplin-era sound. Her new album (just released 9/15/2014) “We Are The Gods!” - a
psychedelic-grunge-punk-glam rock album -
features a full band line up and is produced by Trent Bell (Chainsaw
Kittens).


If overcoming the struggle to be who you are in life and music had a name, it would Be This Bell.

Publicist:  Jory White, Vesperize PR (San Francisco, CA)
Attorney:  Tomy McDonald (Tulsa, OK)

Lyrics

Hometown

Written By: BeThisBell (Isbell,Fowler,Ley,Thompson,Bell), Bell)

"Hometown"
by BeThisBell (Isbell, Fowler, Ley, Thompson, Bell)
©2013 BeThisBell/WCI Music & Essex Music Intl., Inc.

v.1
The world is tripping and I’m not getting any younger,
It’s passing me by, it’s passing me by, uh-oh (2x)
Schenectady why you fucking with me, don’t you do it bitch,
I want to die, with New York in my eye!

v.2
Queens and indians murdered my whole village, they burnt it down,
They're dancing round, and round and round (2x)
In 1748, they burnt it down, killed my hometown,
they burnt it down to the ground

ch.1
I see orange and atomic junk, …
And lots of useless crap!
I see an American locomotive …
The last Mohican chops it down!

v.3
Vonnegut can see my twisted future, from his front porch,
He wrote it down, in my hometown (2x)
Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, in my hometown,
We light one up and burn it down

ch.2
All my dreams have died in this city …
Schenectady, Schenectady!
The city that lights and hauls the world (3x) …
And all our crap to you!

v.4
Things they never change, they stay the same, in my hometown,
It’s burning down to the ground (2x)
The world is tripping and I’m not getting any younger, so I light one up,
in my hometown, and burn it down! (2x)
The world is tripping and I’m not getting any younger, so I light one up,
and my hometown is burning now!

Ruby

Written By: BeThisBell (Isbell,Fowler,Ley,Hays,Bell), Bell)

"Ruby"
by BeThisBell (Isbell, Fowler, Ley, Hays, Bell)
©2013 BeThisBell/WCI Music & Essex Music Intl., Inc.

v.1
I love the way your body makes me feel,
And the way your lips can seal the deal,
Ah Ruby with your massive sex appeal,

I love the way your mind turns on a dime,
I live to steal your kisses, it's a crime,
I always want to be with you, be mine,
... or I'll say ...

ch. (2x)
Fuck you, you fucking bitch!
Fuck you, you fucking bitch!
Fuck you, you fucking bitch!
You cunt!

v.2
Hey Ruby I'm just trying to say hello,
But I can't even raise you on the phone,
Baby, please don't leave me all alone,

Now Ruby won't you come on home to me,
I'll give you everything a girl could need,
I'll even let you do your dirty deed,

... right here on this bridge! ...

v.3
Hey Ruby, I just want you to be mine,
Come and be my little concubine,
Just say the word and help me see the sign,
... or I'll say ...

ch. (2x)
Fuck you, you fucking bitch!
Fuck you, you fucking bitch!
Fuck you, you fucking bitch!
You cunt!

In This Moment

Written By: BeThisBell (Isbell,Fowler,Ley,Hays,Bell), Bell)

"In This Moment"
by BeThisBell (Isbell, Fowler, Ley, Hays, Bell)
©2013 BeThisBell/WCI Music & Essex Music Intl., Inc.

v.1
I've worked all my life to be good at this thing,
that you cheer, that I fight, just to fly, get it right,
And I try and I try and I try and I try,
I claw and I scratch just to light this wet match

The fire it burns through the rain and the hail,
The seasons fly by like I'm sitting in jail,
And I run and I run like I'm standing in place,
Through the tears and the pain of my frustrated brain

pre-ch.
And ask why?
Did'ya have to make it so high?
And I try and I try and I try and I try,
I keep up the fight, 'cuz I must get it right

ch.
'Cuz I love (love, love) the way that I feel in this moment,
And I love (love, love) the way that I feel in this moment,
Yeah, I love (love, love) the way that I feel in this moment,
with you

v.2
The latest dark princess is singing her song,
Asking me about life and where it went wrong,
And my friends sing along like they all know the tale,
While I stumble and fall and feel like I fail

pre-ch.
And ask why?
Did'ya have to make it so high?
And I try and I try and I try and I try,
I keep up the fight, 'cuz I must get it right

ch.
'Cuz I love (love, love) the way that I feel in this moment,
And I love (love, love) the way that I feel in this moment,
Yeah, I love (love, love) the way that I feel in this moment,
with you

v.3
I'm sitting on top of this step at the bottom of life,
Looking up at the sky and I finally decide,
just to open my mind ...

pre-ch.
And I fly,
Where dreams testify,
When you finally decide just to be who you are.
The world turns around just to make you a star

ch.
And I love (love, love) the way that I feel in this moment,
And I love (love, love) the way that I feel in this moment,
And, I love (love, love) the way that I feel in this moment,
Yeah, I love (love, love) the way that I feel in this moment,
with you

Pathetic

Written By: BeThisBell (Isbell,Fowler,Ley,Thompson,Hays,Bell), Bell)

"Pathetic"
by BeThisBell (Isbell, Fowler, Ley, Thompson, Hays, Bell)
©2013 BeThisBell/WCI Music & Essex Music Intl., Inc.

v.1
You're so pathetic, living in your dreams,
You don't even know it, but everyone can see,
You think you know it all, but you don't know a thing,
You're so pathetic, it makes me want to scream ...
ch.1
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut The Fuck Up!

Br.
And everything you are is a lie,
Everything you are is a lie,
Everything you are is a lie,
Everything you are is a LIE!
v.2
Got your magnetic, personality,
It attracts all the things, we never want to be,
And every time you fail, you blame it on the rest,
You're so pathetic, you'll never be the best, so ...
ch.2
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut The Fuck Up!
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut The Fuck Up!

v.3
You raped a thousand angels, of a god you'll never know,
You're so pathetic, we're glad to see you go,
They're wiping up the floor with you, and all of your remains,
You're so pathetic, with that bullet in your brain ...
Br.
And everything you are is a lie,
Everything you are is a lie,
Everything you are is a lie,
Everything you are is a LIE!
ch.3
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut The Fuck Up!
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
Shut the fuck, shut the fuck,
SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Oblivion

Written By: BeThisBell (Isbell,Fowler,Ley,Bell), Bell)

"Oblivion"
by BeThisBell (Isbell, Fowler, Ley, Bell)
©2013 BeThisBell/WCI Music & Essex Music Intl., Inc.

You melt in the sun,
and I walk with a gun,
You live in my head,
and I walk with the dead,
And the world turns around in my head.

You turned hate into fun, cause you loved everyone,
and I am just all I outrun,
And I say I know how to fly, yeah
but you actually tried,
And my world fell apart when you died.

You, you never harmed anyone,
and I, I can't come undone,
You flew to close to the sun,
And I am oblivion,
And I don't, no I don't, need this gun,
And my mind, is gone, oblivion

Freak!

Written By: BeThisBell (Isbell,Fowler,Ley,Thompson,Hays,Bell), Bell)

"Freak!"
by BeThisBell (Isbell, Fowler, Ley, Thompson, Hays, Bell)
© 2013 BeThisBell/WCI Music & Essex Music Intl., Inc.

v.1
Sandy was a freak,
She was just like me,
She was just like me,
So I set her free,
Free to tie me up,
Free to tie me down,
She was just like me,
She was such a FREAK!!!

v.2
Mutant loves his meat,
Such a special treat,
Such a special treat,
It's me he loves to eat,
With butter on my chest,
How can he resist?,
When I've got all of this!
And he is such a FREAK!!!

v.3
We are all just freaks,
You are just like me,
You are just like me,
So I set you free,
Free to be yourself,
Free to have your fun,
Your moment in the sun,
And God is such a FREAK!!!

She's Not Catholic

Written By: BeThisBell (Isbell,Fowler,Ley,Thompson,Hays,Bell), Bell)

"She's Not Catholic"
by BeThisBell (Isbell, Fowler, Ley, Thompson, Hays, Bell)
© 2011 BeThisBell/WCI Music & Essex Music Intl., Inc.

v.1
I met a girl, but she didn't like me,
We had sex, BUT I LOST!
All her friends think I'm a psycho,
And all my friends are JUST FUCKED UP!

ch.
I don't know where the money goes,
All I know is she's not catholic,
And everytime that I pet her fish,
My head's screaming, she's not catholic! (2x)

br.
I spent, all my money,
She stole, all my stuff,
I think, that she'll love me,
She says you're SO FUCKED UP!

v.2
I met her father, he just shot me,
I met her mother, and WE HAD SEX!
All I want is second chances,
And all she needs is a BIG FAT CHECK!

ch.
I don't know where the money goes,
All I know is she's not catholic,
And everytime that I pet her fish,
My head's screaming, she's not catholic! (2x)

She's not catholic!
She's not catholic!

Bleed

Written By: BeThisBell (Isbell,Fowler,Ley,Thompson,Bell), Bell)

"Bleed"
by BeThisBell (Isbell, Fowler, Ley, Thompson, Bell)
©2013 BeThisBell/WCI Music & Essex Music Intl., Inc.

v.1
Sittin' in this darkness,
Smoke my weed,
And you don't understand,
What it means to me

Hiding in the shadows,
With my disease,
And I hope you don't catch,
What's inside of me

v.2
Bucket full of kerosene,
All over me,
Johnny with a match now,
Guess it's time to bleed

And the Mushroom Lady,
Says drink this tea,
It'll make you feel better,
When it's time to bleed.

v.3
Bucket full of kerosene,
All over me,
Johnny with a match now,
Guess it's time to bleed

And the Mushroom Lady,
Says drink this tea,
It'll make you feel better,
When it's time to bleed.

We Are The Gods!

Written By: David Bowie & BeThisBell (Isbell,Fowler,Ley,Thompson,Bell), Bell)

"We Are The Gods!"
by David Bowie & BeThisBell (Isbell, Fowler, Ley, Thompson, Bell)
©2013 David Bowie/Essex Music Intl. Inc. & BeThisBell/WCI Music & Essex Music Intl., Inc

Verse 1:
I am a god,
I write in stone,
All my decrees are my own,
Because I am a god.
And I love you.

Verse 2:
Because you are a god
You make me happy,
You set my world on fire,
Because you are a god.
And you love me, and we are free,
Because we are the gods!

Bridge (David Bowie):
Ground control to Major Tom,
Countdowns started, engines on,
Start ignition and may god’s love be with you …

Solo Break:
And may god’s love be with you (2x)
And may god’s love be, And may god’s love be, And may god’s love be with you

Verse 3:
We are the gods,
We fly to the stars,
We have the scars to prove,
That we are the gods.
And we are love
And you’re love too.

Verse 4:
We are the gods,
We write in stone,
And all our dreams are our own,
Because we are the gods.
And we love you,
And you love us too.
Because we are the gods!

Venus

Written By: Beth Isbell

"Venus"
by BeThisBell
©2013 BeThisBell/WCI Music

I scream against the heavens,
But still I don’t fit in,
Nobody’s coming to the rescue,
I think I’ve lost my only friend.

Truth is that I’m a liar,
To everybody else but me,
While I rage against this outcome,
There’s no one left to blame but me.

I didn’t mean to be so hated,
I never meant for us to fall,
I never thought you’d be so jaded,
But I’m just tired of it all,
And I never meant for us to fall.

Nobody’s coming to my rescue,
No one feels the same as me,
Nobody ever has the answer,
Nobodies are the same as me.

And the spider keeps on weaving,
While the ants just fall in line,
Now my lovely bird is leaving,
And I’m just dragging on behind,
Why does life, have to be so unkind?

And I just want to fly to Venus,
And visit Mars for just one day,
Maybe then I’d love forever,
Or maybe there I’d fade away,
Maybe there, maybe there, I’d fade away.

Nobody’s coming to my rescue,
No one feels the same as me,
Feels like I’ll never find the answer,
Nobodies are the same as me.

Discography

BeThisBell "We Are The Gods!" new album just release September 15, 2014
Signed to Publishing Deals by Essex Music Intl. (David Bowie) & TRO Workshop Productions

For BeTh's prior releases/discography with other bands, please visit our website for more info: www.BeThisBell.com
-or- visit our Bandcamp music sales page: http://bethisbell.bandcamp.com/

Set List

Original Songs:
Pathetic
Hometown
Ruby
Oblivion
Freak!
She's Not Catholic
Bleed
We Are The Gods!
In This Moment

Words
Work It Out
Tiny Town
Love Sublime
Hey Humboldt!
Warmonger
Love Will Overcome
Shine On
Mother Says
UgLy
Venus
Warhol

Cover Songs:
Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin
The Ocean - Led Zeppelin
Four Kicks - Kings of Leon
Perfect Drug - Nine Inch Nails
Trouble (Holly's Parody Rewrite) - Coldplay
Karma Police - Radiohead
Creep - Radiohead
Where Is My Mind? - Pixies
She Runs Away - Duncan Sheik
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Rape Me - Nirvana
I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Plus a hundred+ modern rock, classic rock, blues & funk covers that we pull out as needed to get the crowd going or as needed for particular shows to tailor to your venue.