Thank god for the passage of time. If Bellevue sounded anything like they did two years ago, when they first formed, a one-N rating would have been kind. Since their conception, the T.O. band has switched drummers and other members and, most noticeably, have learned how to write a decent song. Their debut, Lost In Space, draws from all the usual indie rock influences: Pavement, the Pixies, Thrush Hermit, etc. Besides Brent Hough's deep voice, Bellevue don't offer up a ton of originality, but they have put together 12 catchy pop tunes that fans of old-school indie will dig. They need to gel better, and the songwriting is by no means on a par with their influences, but a few years of hard work will do Bellevue good.
Bellevue play Hal's Ballroom Saturday (March 10) as part of the Pitter Patter Festival.