Bellhead are a Post-Punk duo made up of two Chicago scene veterans who have left their mark across the tattered live music scene. Consisting of High Bass/ and Lead Vocalist Ivan Russia, formerly of the infamous Ahab Rex, Mr. Russia, Pigface, and Sheriff Scabs; partnered with Low Bass/Vocalist Karen Righeimer- who has been featured as a current or former member of bands such as Fashion Bomb, Team Cybergeist, W.O.R.M, Now I’m Nothing, mindfluxfuneral, and Bethany Thomas.
Their music together as Bellhead can be characterized by two part harmonies along with hard edged bass lines that are littered with drum machine sounds akin to the pummeling of Godlfesh or the sophistication of NIN’S Chris Vrenna. The duos songs may have a simplicity to them but that only hides the dark lyrical content (love, lust, murder, crime, drugs) , massive driving beats, and the filthy bass sounds that they can squeeze out of their nebulous and shadow rigs.
Bellhead’s first EP release, Unicorn Bones, was released on 7/20/20. Unicorn Bones was quickly seized upon by critics, and both the EP and the band saw reviews, articles and accolades from such media outlets like Post-Punk.com,The Deli Magazine (also featured September Band of the Month), Divide and Conquer, Bass Magazine, Breathing the Core, Chicago Music Guide, snd Music Eternal (August Band of the Month).
Songs from the Unicorn Bones EP have been in constant rotation on MMH Radio (UK), Hard Rock Hell Radio (UK), Lincoln City Radio (UK), Demo312 WKQX (Chicago), Deep Ellum Radio (Texas), and WXNA (Nashville). The video for Unicorn Bones (with exclusive release on post-punk.com) had over 1000 views in less than a month and a recent live streamed “quarantine” show performance in support of a local music venue in late September hit over 2000 viewers in less than 24 hours, showing that the demand for Bellhead wasn’t slowing down but instead just heating up.
After the announcement of the Bauhaus tour last year, Bellhead reached out to their loyal fans to ask what song they should cover live as a tribute to one of the bands main influences at an upcoming high profile gig. Based on fan social media feedback, Bellhead took the suggestion to not only perform the track live, but then record, “Sanity Assassin” which was released on October 12th, 2020. The Bauhaus song was originally released as a non-album fan club release with only 325 copies ever pressed (the same amount as the physical release of this EP), and it has gone on to be a deep cut favorite for Bauhaus fans. Filling out this EP is the Unicorn Bones album track, “Knife” along with a remix entitled “Knife (Beware the Light)”.
Releases dates: July 20th, 2020 & October 12th, 2020.