Wild Belle | Assembly Presented By School Night x NeueHouse

by Christopher Andrew Armstrong

A group of about seventy music industry heads crowded into Neuehouse on Tuesday night for an intimate evening with Wild Belle, the brother and sister duo from Chicago who gained recognition when Columbia Records released their first album Isles back in 2013. In anticipation for their newest album, Everybody One of a Kind, which is released on Friday, March 22, Natalie and Elliot Bergman sat down with KCRW’s Chris Douridas for a conversation which found out where the band’s name originated (Natalie’s middle name), who produced their music videos (Rude Girl Productions, a company started by Natalie and her best friend), and where the inspiration for their new album came from (“love,”).

After previewing the music videos for “Rocksteady,” “Have You Both,” and “Mockingbird,” the band took the stage for an exclusive performance which saw the group playing songs from their upcoming album live for the very first time. What followed was a stripped-down performance, which was missing two key members from the group. But, nevertheless, Wild Belle’s contagious energy prevailed with Elliot laying down the jams on his saxophone while Natalie entranced the audience with her magnetic, hypnotic vocals. After the performance, Everybody One of a Kind was played in its entirety, while attendees sipped on fancy cocktails prepared especially for the event, danced to the album’s smooth grooves, and socialized on a warm, almost perfect evening in Hollywood.

During the band’s conversation with Chris Douridas, the band briefly touched on Elliot Bergman’s upcoming art exhibition at the Marciano Art Foundation, premiering on March 29th. The show, titled Elliot Bergman’s Peace Bells, runs through March 31st and features bells constructed together through bullet casings and melted guns which will create music ranging from meditative to sculptural and architectural. Although the event has already sold-out, the band announced a limited number of tickets available through their website.

Catch Elliot Bergman’s Peace Bells on March 29-31 at the Marciano Art Foundation and don’t forget to spin Wild Belle’s newest album Everybody One of a Kind when its released on March 22nd.

Photographed by Drew Penner