NPR logo

Bell X1 in Studio on World Cafe 2/18/09

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/100816691/100807676" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Bell X1: The Lillywhite Session

Bell X1: The Lillywhite Session

Bell X1 in Studio on World Cafe 2/18/09

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/100816691/100807676" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Set List

"The Great Defector"

"How Your Heart Is Wired"

"The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella"

Bell X1. courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption courtesy of the artist

The Irish pop-rock band Bell X1 has brought its catchy riffs and smart lyrics to America in recent years, long after it had already become a reliable hitmaker in its homeland. The group was initially led by singer Damien Rice under the moniker Juniper, but Rice left the group and was replaced by vocalist/drummer Paul Noonan.

With its danceable hooks and electronic textures, Flock found critical success in the U.S. a few years ago. Bell X1's follow-up, Blue Lights on the Runway, finds the group expanding on its increasingly confident sound. As Noonan sings, "I want to be a better band / and shoot fire from my hand."

Bell X1 joins host David Dye for a special World Cafe Lillywhite Session from Avatar Studios. During its visit, the group discusses how the new album marks a departure from its predecessors, with changes in both production and personnel.

Purchase Featured Music

Blue Lights on the Runway

Purchase Music

Buy Featured Music

Album
Blue Lights on the Runway
Artist
Bell X1
Label
Yep Roc
Released
2009

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Flock

Purchase Music

Buy Featured Music

Album
Flock
Artist
Bell X1
Label
Rykodisc
Released
2006

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.