Garrett Harris noon, May 24
Dani Bell & the Tarantist
Dani Bell: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards, Vocals | Alfred Howard: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals | Austin Burns: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Ian Owen: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards | Aaron Hook: Bass guitar | Dylan Joans: Drums
RIYL: Alfred Howard, Birdy Bardot, Hope Sandoval, Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Jade Element, the Heavy Guilt, the K23 Orchestra, Black Sands, the Midnight Pine, Lion and the Lady, Trishes
Upcoming Local Shows
- "Bowie-ish theatrical affectation" · Dec. 20, 2018
- "The Uncontrollable Dani Bell" · July 27, 2016
Influences: Hope Sandoval, Cowboy Junkies, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey
Western-tinged rockers Dani Bell & the Tarantist is yet another band championed by local star Alfred Howard, who performs with the group and signed them to the label he co-owns, Redwoods Music. Singer Dani Bell (Boychick) is frequently backed by the same players from Birdy Bardot (another Howard production).
"My father was the worship leader at a church when I was growing up, so there was always instruments to play in our home," says Bell. "I’m self-taught for the most part, aside from my father or friends giving me a few pointers. I moved to San Diego in 2005 but didn’t start performing live here until 2013."
Their dreamy psychedelic/soul sound was showcased on a debut full-length called Dark West, released in 2015. The band's videos for the album feature them wearing commedia dell’arte-style masks.
A new EP was released in early 2018, Golden Gloom, recorded on a BOSS Micro BR80 recorder and promoted with a video for the track "Gentleman." That year, they also played the Bottle Rock Festival in Napa, California
Their sophomore album Wide Eyed was released in January 2019, preceded by a single for "Mystery." It sports cover artwork by John Gourley of Portugal. The Man.