Interview: Bell X1's Dave Geraghty

posted February 4, 2009

by Corinne

Bell X1's Dave Geraghty

With several albums under your belts already, how did you feel going into the studio for “Blue Lights on the Runway?” Did you approach any part of making the album differently than you would have in the past?

Well this time around we had one leaving member and one new blood, which of course changed the dynamic of how it was to end up sounding. Brian, a founding member of the band left to try his hand at record production and Tim, who had played with us for the past five years in a live context, played for the first time on this record.

Synthesizers are being used on your first single, “How Your Heart Is Wired,” off the new album. How did you decide to go in this direction? Is this suggestive of what we can expect on the rest of “Blue Lights on the Runway?”

Many of the songs on BLOTR see us as a band using much more electronica than we have before. When we were at the stage of the record where we were becoming acquainted with the songs, and deciding how to dress them up, using beats and dirty synths felt like the right way vibe.

A few months ago, Brian left the band. With gearing up for your release, how will the band be handling things with one less member?

We officially smashed the champagne bottle on the hull of BLOTR, in the live context, in Nov 08.

With a new drummer and keyboardist/guitarist, Rory Doyle and Marc Aubele, we played 3 nights in one of Dublin’s finest venues, Vicar Street. Two of us were in the US doing a fortnight of promo in January but we’re looking forward to coming back in March for the first of many tours.

The band’s had music used on popular TV shows. What kind of response has come from the extra attention?

We had a song call ‘Eve, the apple of my eye’ from Flock, our last album, which appeared on the OC. Not long after that, we did a short tour taking in NYC and LA. During our stay in LA, we played Hotel Café and some of the cast of the OC came down to the show.

More recently, ‘Light Catches Your face’ from BLOTR featured on ‘One Tree Hill.’

I think this kind of exposure helps to bring the bands music to a larger audience.

Is there any show you’d like to hear your music used on?

A live broadcast from Madison Sq. gardens!

We went there recently on a night off during the January trip for an Ice Hockey game. What an amazing venue…and a crazy night out.

Who are some underrated bands that you think deserve more attention?

Band of Horses / Fugazi / Wilco

What have you been listening to recently?

I’ve really been getting into ‘Band of Horses’ lately. I love ‘Cease to Begin.’ I also just got my hands on some old skool Rock Steady Dub from the Jamaican Trojan record label. It’s the best sound in the world to accompany the first cup of coffee in the morning. It obviously helps if it’s sunny out.

If you could have written any song what song do you wish you had written and why?

Off the top of my head….Fleetwood Mac’s ‘need Your Love so bad’ or Bonnie Raitt’s ‘I can’t make you love me.’ Classics. I also love Interpol’s ‘Evil.’