Dead on a Vine
Taking their name from WWII U.S. Air Force bomber, Transit Belle formed in 2002 in New York City. Like a Zeppelin-meets-Fugazi brush fire, Transit Belle weaves big hooks and ferocious beats into pure sonic heaven. Their self-titled debut EP is the result of their 2003 collaboration with legendary engineer Steve Albini. With Albini's ability to harness the same big sound of their live shows, the EP highlights the best of those sessions. In January 2005 the band released Dead on A Vine, on Chinsmen Records. Transit Belle is Joe Penna (guitar, vocals), Rebekah Whitehurst (bass, vocals), and Brian Ertel (drums). Transit Belle is back once again, full of strut and showmanship and everything that makes rock - well, rock...Dead On A Vine, is chock full of everything from straight-ahead rockers to assertive brassiness. Thankfully for us, Transit Belle doesn't mind teasing and twisting their image until it's a new animal - not cheesy, but a knowing, over-the-top homage to the past blended with a sound that's clearly comfortable in the present. If you're looking for a sneer and a self-knowing wink in your music, you need look no further than Transit Belle... -Stephanie R. Myers, The Deli 'Transit Belle's Dead on a Vine is slathered with smart, aggressively catchy rock. The trio's energetic, noisy sound should be a hit.' -Time Out, NY 'Fortunately, Transit Belle is no mere imitator and has enough talent to back up their name-dropping. Borrowing from (and then tweaking) '70s stoner rock, punk and grunge, the band churns out a sound that you can almost put your finger on - until the next track throws you for a loop...based on these five songs, Transit Belle is poised for something big.' -Dave Maddden, Splendid.