In the summer of 2007, these three friends worked at a rock ‘n’ roll summer camp for teens, where they taught the musicians of tomorrow how to play and perform. Sneaking away from the campers at night to play music, Bella Novela was born. Inspired by western soundtracks of the ‘60s, the operatic arrangements of Queen, the guitar harmonies of Iron Maiden, and the pop choruses and disco rhythms of Abba, the band is best described as a “spaghetti western disco punk rock opera.”
Standing out like a unicorn in an industrial wasteland, the band has made a name for themselves in the eclectic music scene of Long Beach, California, with their flamboyant, passionate, and unforgettable live shows. They’ve toured the country and appeared on two compilations featuring the best in Long Beach music alongside Mike Watt (Minutemen) and Crystal Antlers. They’ve shared the stage with Funeral Party, Ariel Pink, Ikey Owens (Mars Volta, Jack White), Ida Maria, Girl in a Coma, White Arrows, Semi-Precious Weapons, The Like, Gram Rabbit, and Matt Embree (RX Bandits).
Their recently released sophomore album, The Archeress, is a rock opera concept record about the last woman on earth and her battle for survival in a vampire and zombie-swarmed apocalypse. Completely funded by loyal fans in a successful Kickstarter campaign, the trio worked with producer Mario Quintero of Blackbox Studios in San Diego (Transfer) and challenged themselves to write twelve songs that flowed as a cohesive sound and story from the viewpoint of several different characters.
The Archeress blends all of the best ingredients of sci-fi and horror — zombies, vampires, ghosts, space — with cinematic arrangements, dance beats, and pop hooks. The result is an unabashedly melodramatic, epic rock album that drips with soul and emotion, and may be the first flesh-eating monster tale to bring a tear to your eye. It’s Dawn of the Dead meets Ziggy Stardust.