Concert Review: Bell X1 at House of Blues, 9/23

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Irish rockers Bell X1 recorded their fourth album, Blue Lights on the Runway, in an Irish castle. No wonder they're so moody.

Former members of Jupiter (Damien Rice’s old band), Bell X1 took their name form the first plane to break the sound barrier. While they haven’t broken any records themselves, their single “Eve, Apple of My Eye” made a small buzz and and “brought [them] to America,” said frontman Paul Noonan.

Their first-ever Cleveland gig at House of Blues' Cambidge Room last night included a mix of hard and soft rock from all four of Bell X1's albums, plus the discofied “Flame.” “It’s every band’s right to have one disco tune,” laughed Noonan from the stage.

The five Irishmen sweated onstage in front of an audience that silently sang along to their set.

Noonan was chatty between songs, joking about the humidity and the band's “white Irish” blood. But during an intro to “Amelia,” he explained that the song was about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, lending a seriousness to the often lighthearted show.

Bell X1 saved their latest single, “The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella,” for a two-song encore, which also included an acoustic cover of “I Fought the Law.” —Crystal Pirri; photo by Mark A. Pirri

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