We’re excited to share a mini documentary featuring yours truly (Sarah Ellquist DeBlanke), my partner in crime, Daniel DeBlanke and some of our new music, aka WESTERN BELLS.
Filmmaker, Marcus Ubungen followed us around for a few days late last year, at home, in the studio, and around town as we were putting the finishing touches on our debut collection of songs. (Shout out to Origami Vinyl, Bedrock LA, United Recording, and our very understanding neighbors in Silver Lake.)
The experience was nothing short awesome, and we’re excited that SAMSUNG is sharing it with the world.
Get the first two WESTERN BELLS singles (“HEARTS & STARS” and “TIME TRAVELS”) through our store and everywhere else you buy or stream music worldwide.
Find out more about mine and other Samsung Owner stories HERE
xo Sarah / WESTERN BELLS
Our very own Daniel DeBlanke (also of WESTERN BELLS) will be heading out on tour with WHITE SEA (aka Morgan Kibby of M83) this spring!
They’re starting on the West Coast with Phantogram in February, then SXSW and beyond.
Don’t worry we’ll still be in the studio between dates tracking a new ROBOTANISTS record! Stay tuned!
2/20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre / TIX
2/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades / TIX
2/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium / TIX
2/23 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre / TIX
This summer, Daniel and I (Sarah) will be scoring and writing original songs (as WESTERN BELLS) for an upcoming film with a story we’re excited to help tell through music.
Platonic Solid is the story of twenty-somethings Parker and Madison, who after failing at heterosexuality, discover their own truths in the face of heartache, experience the difficulties of coming out, and re-define what it means to be “soul mates.”
The film’s amazing writer/actress/filmmaker, Melinda Stephan, would love for you to get involved! Help her produce the film by contributing to her Kickstarter campaign through July 17th, and get rewarded! DONATE HERE!
Platonic Solid, the film and soundtrack will be out later this year. Learn more about this musical project at WesternBells.com or come see us perform live at Desert Nights @ the Standard on July 17th
Coinciding with SXSW, the LA INDIE FILM FEST kicks off this weekend and features Pyro and Klepto, a film scored by Daniel Deblanke and featuring music by Sarah Ellquist, both of ROBOTANISTS!
Check LAIndieFilmFest.com for tickets and showtimes!
AND FOR A LIMITED TIME, DOWNLOAD & STREAM The original soundtrack.
Look for the film at other upcoming festivals, and the soundtrack on itunes and other digital retailers worldwide this year via Overhead Records! For more about the film visit pyroandklepto.com & facebook.com/pyrokleptomovie.
The rain has cleaned out the skies in LA just as the city prepares to empty out and head to Austin for SXSW… It’s going to be a beautiful week! More music news soon. Stay tuned. xo
Daniel and I just teamed up with AFI again to write a song called “Dream You” for the short film, SPLENDOR (written/ directed by Eric J. Yandoc).
A dramatic short set in the world of aerial performance and dance, SPLENDOR is a story about love, loss, dreams, and fears. But above everything, it is a story about hope… the hope to witness those sublime moments of splendor, and still be surprised by it all.
Check us out in the trailer, and look for the film at festivals this year!
More info @ www.lovethecircus.com
Big thanks to Holly Bronko who shared these previously unseen polaroids she took of us during our last trip to Austin. It was noon but felt like 5 am, all a little sleepy and hung over from a late SXSW show the night before.
We’re actually heading south again, down to New Orleans next week for some Mardi Gras R&R and Preston is bringing his Leica, so prepare for lots of fun pics soon… probably sleepy and a little hungover, just the same. Hope to see you again soon Austin! xo