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The BellRays

The BellRays


The Bellrays, formed by vocalist Lisa Kekaula and guitarist Bob Vennum around 1990 in Riverside, California, have made a name for themselves with their blend of punk rock and soulful R&B. Initially, they leaned towards vintage R&B, but evolved with the addition of guitarist Tony Fate and Vennum's shift to bass, creating a dynamic mix of Kekaula's soul vocals and punk rock. Their debut full-length, "Let It Blast," in 1998, followed by an extensive tour and a notable performance at Austin's South by Southwest, established their reputation for passionate live shows.

With drummer Ray Chin joining, The Bellrays continued to gain attention with albums like "The Grand Fury" (2001) and "Raw Collection" (2003). They have toured with notable acts and gained a loyal following for their garage punk sound, highlighted in albums like "Have a Little Faith" (2006) and "Hard, Sweet and Sticky" (2008). Embracing crowd-funding for their 2011 release "Black Lightning," the band summarized their style with the 2017 EP "Punk Funk Rock Soul 1," and the full-length "Punk Funk Rock Soul, Vol. 2" in 2018. Known for their electrifying performances, The Bellrays captivate audiences with their raw energy and soulful edge.

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