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Wild Belle at Sala Apolo in Barcelona

By Gabriella Hirsch posted Aug 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

DJ and Music Staffer Gabriella Hirsch writes about seeing Wild Belle in Spain! 


After running around Barcelona all day, my friend and I arrived back at the apartment, tired and sweaty but in search of somewhere new to check out that night. Here’s my plug for the app Bands In Town- seriously, download it, because it led us to the Wild Belle show that two tourists probably wouldn’t have caught otherwise. It was only a five minute walk to Sala Apolo, one of the best venues in the city for alternative acts- the kind of place that’s not always easy to find in South Florida. The stage was small and intimate, drinks were cheap, and the packed crowd was young and all local. We felt pretty lucky to come across it.

            As soon as the members walked out, everyone went crazy- who knew Catalonians loved American reggae pop? Or maybe it was because everyone in Wild Belle is extremely attractive, especially the brother-sister front men, Elliott and Natalie Bergman. They started off with Keep You, which had just the perfect vibe for a chill summer night, and played right through the whole Isles album. The music was simple in itself- most songs switching back and forth between two chords plus a funky bass line. Their attitude was so laid back and breezy, yet energetic, that with each song we were swayed into a dreamy, hazy stupor, dancing into each other, no longer strangers. Hearing them live in that dark warehouse for an hour and a half was like a makeshift beach party- kind of unbeatable for a weeknight! Everyone sang along drunkenly to all the oohs and ahs, most memorably in Love Like This, and Natalie’s vocals had all the men eating out of the palm of her hand. My favorite moments were when Elliott got out the saxophone and improvised a couple times- he should really play that thing as often as possible. He closed out their relatively short set by singing lead on When It’s Over, his soft, reserved voice creating a totally different feel, melancholy because no one wanted them to pack it up.

            They hung around the exit for a little while so we were able to talk to them briefly. They had come from Madrid, their first time in Spain, and were continuing to tour around Europe before returning to festivals in the states. They were excited to go to Lolla since they’re originally from Chicago. However if you want to see them in Florida, it’s a trip up to Tallahassee in October because they don’t have plans to come near Miami anytime soon- hopefully that changes! 

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