Bel Esprit was a fund Ezra Pound made for T.S. Eliot to get him out of his day job and write poetry full time. It is now also a band. A 4-piece indie/alternative rock band based in Southampton, Bel Esprit brings the youthful energy of the noughties indie scene together with the artistry of Andy Warhol’s factory and the beat generation.
The quartet, based in Southampton, have had a fantastic 12 months, playing sets at Common People, Wickham, Independence and Icebreaker Festival and playing sold out shows at Southampton’s Joiners, Sheffield’s Plug and Camden’s prestigious Barfly with acts such as Ezra Furman, Sundara Karma and Nothing But Thieves.
Debut single ‘Lose My Mind’ has racked up over 150,000 plays across all platforms, leading to plays on BBC Radio 6 Music with Steve Lamacq.
“Bel Esprit blew me away the first time I saw them and I’ve been a fan since… Highly addictive hooks, phenomenal playing and great tunes” – Rob Da Bank, curator of Bestival
“The band’s sound exceeds their size and status; they could easily have been higher up the lineup with the talent that they produced… Bel Esprit have already accrued a great setlist.” – Never Enough Notes, after the band’s set at Independence Festival.
“It really is a breath of fresh air to see a fledgling band draw inspiration from such an eclectic field of sources… expect a mind-blowing journey into four articulate young musical minds.” – Safe Kind of High
“Bel Esprit are one Hampshire band set to make a major impression in 2015” – Daily Echo
“The former is a foot-tapping, certified indie rock gem with the smoothest, most suave chorus and the sweetest-sounding guitars. The latter is an effortlessly cool jaunt that demonstrates singer Billy Herklots’ fine lyrical aptitude.” A Safe Kind of High on ‘Lose My Mind’ and ‘The Mad Ones’.
“An outstanding piece of musical genius. Ten out of ten.” – Aldora Britain Records
“It is both slack and driving and I like it quite a bit. It was matched to my behaviors and now I am matching it to yours.” – The Awl on Lose My Mind
“‘Lose My Mind’ is a driving stroke of indie genius complete with guitars that capture youthful angst and a voice that could define a generation.” – We Close Tonight on Lose My Mind
‘“Lose My Mind” spins the story of a complicated love interest in a punk rock fashion, with a healthy dose of cynicism and loathing.’ Impression of Sound on Lose My Mind
“The anthematic edge to the song sets them aside from most new bands at the moment where they all like to play it safe.’” – It’s all Indie on Lose My Mind
“From the driving rhythm section that signals the opening of the track, …to the indie rock and roll guitars that kick the track into full throttle” – Aldorra Britain Records on Lose My Mind
“It was exactly everything I think a live music venue should sound like in fact – the kind of song the next generation of music lovers should be exposed to.” – Splash Music
“This is Lovely” – Steve Lamacq on Midnight, Midnight after airing on BBC6Music
“The quartet incorporate elements of indie and beat to create a fresh, alternative sound complete with strong riffs and energetic melodies. New single Lose My Mind is a literate and lively indie rock gem from a band whose name will soon be ricocheting around all corners of the UK.” – Pepper on Lose My Mind
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