Casio-Warrior Glockabelle’s New EP ‘Wolf BBQ’ Premieres on SPIN HERE
Wolf BBQ Video Premieres on AV Club Today HERE
New York City’s Annabelle Cazes – better known by her stage name Glockabelle – is unleashing her unprecedented style of “glockrock” on the world and boy, are we happy about it. Premiering on SPIN, the eccentric singer’s new Wolf BBQ EP is a collection of previously released and unreleased tracks, some penned as early as the age of twelve. Described by SPIN as “anarchic enchantment” and filled with classical and experimental vibes, the release is a collection of equally playful and risqué tracks filled with surf and punk tendencies, all brought together with her intricate synths and unique thimble glockenspiel technique.
The EP’s title track’s video, directed by Nate Dorr and premiered on AV Club today, is a vivacious ode to the days of 8-bit gaming. The video follows the arcade-like game of a wolf bouncing from platform to platform, eventually meeting to cook a barbecue for his friends. The imagined video game gives off a huge Scott Pilgrim vibe, while Cazes’ fairy-dust vocals twirl French lyrics over the pure controlled chaos, described by AV Club as “overstimulated pop… as though someone gave Deerhoof a bunch of cocaine.”
Cazes’ sound stems from a combination of inspiration and circumstance. Born to Francophone parents, Cazes received an education both stateside and in France, creating the ability to sing in both French and English. After being introduced to the sound and styling of the Casio VL-Tones by a neighbor in Paris, Cazes’ began blending her classical piano techniques with modern synth-pop sounds resulting in beautiful mixture of rhythm and tone.
This new sound lead Glockabelle to a 2008 tour with Fiery Furnaces landing her a set at Bonnaroo Music Festival. In 2010, Glockabelle composed an original piece for the Paris Cinema Festival which broadcasted in both French Cinemas and on national television. She has appeared on the Chris Gethard Show, the BJ Rubin Show, WFMU, performed at Art Basel Miami, opened for James Chance and Marnie Stern and performed with Shy Child at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She also opened for Jack White’s Raconteurs while touring as a member of the Fiery Furnaces. The New York Times said of her performance on this tour, “Technique in action: The glockenspiel has a new heyday in indie-rock, following a lineage from Phil Spector through the E Street Band through U2’s first album to the Arcade Fire. But I haven’t seen one played the way the Fiery Furnaces did: not with mallets, but with thimbles on fingertips. That can make for more simultaneous notes, more busy metallic pling.”
In 2015, Glockabelle was a featured vocalist on the Go! Team album The Scene Between with the song ” Catch Me On The Rebound” and she is about to head on tour opening for the band across a string of shows in the UK and Europe. Ian Parton of the Go! Team explains why he asked her on tour. “Glockabelle’s a casiotone virtuoso. It’s a dreamy match having her support the go team round the UK. Can’t wait to see those fingers in actionnnnn!”
She can also be seen stateside on May 21st opening for Kaki King at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.
Catch her undeniable energy on tour with the Go! Team now:
June 5 – Bristol (UK) – Marble Factory w/ The Go! Team
June 6 – Leeds (UK) – Brudenell Social Club w/ The Go! Team
June 7 – Glasgow (UK) – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut w/ The Go! Team
June 9 – Dresden (DE) – Ostpol
June 11 – Hannover (DE) – Feinkost Lampe
June 12 – Fürth (DE) – Badstrasse8
June 13 Berlin (DE) – Torastrassenfestival
June 17 – London (UK) – Village Underground w/ The Go! Team
June 19 – Belfast (UK) – Limelight w/ The Go! Team
June 20 – Dublin (IE) – Whelan’s w/ The Go! Team
June 21 – Manchester (UK) – Sound Control w/ The Go! Team
June 22 – Paris (FR) – Espace B
Glockabelle US Tour Dates:
May 21, 2015 – Rough Trade w/Kaki King (Brooklyn, NY)