The New Belmonts

"If you really want people to listen, you better have shit you feel is worth listening to now shouldn’t you?"

Chicago is filled with many bands who play all different types of genres. Some deserve to be in the spotlight and some don’t. The New Belmonts are one of the cities new indie rock bands who are doing everything they can to put their name out there for people to see. They may not be a complete band just yet (they are without a bass player and a drummer), but being brand new, they have a lot of promise in them. Members Kyle Goeken (lead vocals, guitar) and Dan Tallian (lead guitar, back vocals) have a long journey ahead of them, but with hard work and dedication, which they have, they can easily become your next favorite band. I recently interviewed Kyle and this is what he had to say about their music.

Q. Who are The New Belmonts?

A. The New Belmonts are a musical coincidence one year in the making consisting of Dan Tallian and Kyle Goeken.

Q. What are some of the local venues in Chicago that you love to play at?

A. Holiday Club open mic rules! Plus, we’ve had the pleasure of playing numerous living rooms, bedrooms and porches up and down Chicago. We seriously need a bass player and drummer, so if anyone is interested be sure to get at us!

Q. If you could open for any big name band, who would it be and why?

A. We would kill to open up for the Lawrence Arms as they are one of our favorite Chicago bands and inspire us in a fucking huge way. Alkaline Trio would fucking rule too.

Q. Who are some of your musical influences?

A. Way too many influences of course, but recently I’ve been really into Kanye’s new record as well as Kings Of Leon, Against Me, Say Anything, Circa Survive, and Chris Walla’s unreleased demos with some Gaslight Anthem, Pretty Lights and Manchester Orchestra thrown in.

Q. Lots of bands come out of Chicago. Who do you think has made the city the most proud?

A. I’m proud of homemade bands just like I’m proud of Micro Breweries.

Q. Any big tours coming up?

A. We got our practice space last Monday. We gotta graduate first,yo!

Q. In your opinion, what do you think the best way for a band to get recognized is?

A. Having web presence on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter has really helped us and just constantly putting the word out to friends, relatives and even random people is how you’ll be heard, but of course it all comes down to the shit you put out in the first place. So, if you really want people to listen, you better have shit you feel is worth listening to now shouldn’t you?

Q. If you could cover one song, other than a Spice Girls song, who would it be?

A. I really wish I had a raspy voice like Brendan (from the Arms) so we could cover 100 Resolutions or First Eviction Notice, although I’d absolutely love to punk rock the shit out of Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day.”

Q. Where does the band hope to be in three years?

A. Specifically: on tour in Venice Beach, PBR in hand, listening to The Who’s Tommy on vinyl backstage just a few minutes before show time.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. I could listen to “The Strongest Man” forever. Different parts are always in my head. Throughout the day, I catch myself humming it here and there. It’s so meaningful to both of us and is one of my favorite songs to have ever been a part of.

Here is one of their newest songs, “The City Is.” Listen and enjoy.

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