Bells w/ Saint Sycamore & Marathon
A great all-ages rock show featuring three of Lancaster’s hottest bands.
August 22, 2014 · 7:00pm
It’s a great all ages rock show featuring local Central PA bands Bells, along with openers Saint Sycamore and Marathon.
Started by former members of Lancaster hardcore bands August Burns Red and This or the Apocalypse, Bells plays a dreamy soundscape of instrumental rock.
Bells started with two friends, Sean Hennessey and Jon Hershey, who have been producing and performing music together since 2006. While initially still members of other bands August Burns Red and This or the Apocalypse, it was impossible for the two to chase Bells in any serious capacity until 2011.
In 2011, Bells wrote and recorded their version of “Pangaea” for the deluxe edition of August Burns Red’s album “Leveler”.
In the months following the release of Leveler, Bells started writing and recording their first album at Hennessey’s Studio in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At this time, Jon and Sean asked close friends Tim Kettering and Joe Terranova to join the band. On August 28th, 2012, Bells released their debut album “Our Forest, Our Empire”.
Bells performed in support of the album with this line-up, along with August Burns Red’s drummer Matt Greiner as an additional live member, through 2013. Finally, March 2013 marked the arrival of new full time drummer Toby Pool (former This or The Apocalypse), which leads us to Bells as they are today.”
Lancaster-based Saint Sycamore consists of:
Vocals, Guitar – E. Schulz
Drums – George Joseph Yontosh III
Guitars – Dan Ebersole
Bass – Ian Williams
Somewhere in the spectrum of experimental indie-rock, there lies Marathon: a style-blending, genre-bending outfit from Central Pennsylvania dedicated to creating music which pushes the envelope. During the indefinite hiatus of their previous progressive/alternative project, chief songwriter Zach Wagner (guitar, vocals) spent a year focusing on songwriting, production, and recording demos in his makeshift bedroom studio. With renewed focus and positive reaction to his demos, Zach decided to develop his solitary project into a full-scale band, adding members Erich Wagner (guitar, vocals, percussion), Robert Battle (bass), Paul Winter (keyboard), and Ricky Kreiser (drums).
Technically proficient, Marathon boasts stellar guitar work both in layering and in lead, with drumming that is both unintrusive and interesting—even unorthodox at times. Dual vocalists Zach and Erich Wagner strike a unique balance between a warm, whisper-like voice and a yearning, more tonal singing that often soars achingly over the landscape below—a landscape which is multileveled with effects and programming, yet neither cluttered nor distracting. Atmospheric and ambient, yet poignant and raw at just the right moments, Marathon develops a vastness of sound without pretension and with unparalleled maturity for such a young band.”