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Belmondo Rocks the Alt-Scene with Debut EP “The Blessed & The Evil”

“Getting here has been a journey to say the least, so to finally pass these songs that we’ve poured so much of ourselves into over to you is a wonderful feeling. We hope you love them as much as we do.” – Belmondo

Belmondo - Photo Credit: Rachel Billings
Belmondo - Photo Credit: Rachel Billings

Brighton-based alt-rockers Belmondo have burst onto the music scene with their debut EP, “The Blessed & The Evil,” released through Silent Cult Records. This pivotal record showcases the band’s emergence with a distinct alternative/grunge-rock sound honed on tour across the UK and Europe supporting industrial rock icons Filter, and has earned airplay from BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter.

Rising Through the Ranks

From the gritty depths of Brighton’s music scene to stages across Europe, Belmondo’s path to release was marked by evolution and raw energy. Produced and mixed at Brighton’s Electric Studio by Jag Jago—known for his work with Jamie T and The Maccabees—and mastered by Grant Berry (Static Dress, Hot Milk, PVRIS), the EP encapsulates the essence of the band’s dynamic sound.

The EP includes fan favourites “Bethlehem” and “Ventriloquists,” along with two fresh tracks that are sure to resonate with listeners: “Getting Closer” and “The Journey of Moses on the Nile.” Each song offers a glimpse into the band’s introspective and edgy musical identity.

Deep Dives Into New Tracks

Speaking on the release, Belmondo said, “Getting here has been a journey, to say the least, so to finally pass these songs that we’ve poured so much of ourselves into over to you is a wonderful feeling. We hope you love them as much as we do”

Belmondo – Ventriloquists (Official Music Video)

About Getting Closer, the band say “It’s about going out and not knowing if you’re fitted enough in the place you are with others. I have the bad habit of overthinking if people actually like me, and I get overwhelmed and start erasing myself completely. The lyrics are not a criticism but an inner realisation of how I can feel myself and behave.”

And continuing, Carmen Mellino shares insight into “The Journey of Moses on The Nile”, detailing that it wasn’t about “any specific subject but echoes multiple things that touched my life: my ex-boyfriend leaving me a kiss on the neck before going to work, a quick reference to Billy Corgan and my anxiety related in the image of Moses. I just thought that a baby in a wicker basket that’d surf on a tormented river full of crocodiles would not be the most pleasant thing ever. And I can tell you, it’s not!”

The Blessed and The Evil tracklist

  1. Getting Closer
  2. Ventriloquists
  3. The Journey of Moses on the Nile
  4. Bethlehem

See Them Live!

Catch the raw energy of Belmondo live at the following event:

  • May 16th – May 18th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

Band Insights

Belmondo, comprised of Carmen Mellino (vocals/bass), Kelan Moore (vocals/guitar), Laurent Lesaffre (guitar), and Jules Freiss (drums), brings a cosmopolitan blend of influences from France, Switzerland, and the UK. The band’s intellectual approach and explosive stage presence have quickly made them one of the most intriguing new entries in the alternative music landscape.

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