Craig Bell, along with fellow bandmates Dusty Privette and Brad Wallace, have been working on new songs over the winter months and began recording this past March for a new release coming this year. The group takes a break from the studio May 17th & 18th for shows at The Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio and Musica, in Akron, Ohio.
The Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
w/The Tufted Puffins* • Bar Trash
Musica - Akron, OH
w/The Tufted Puffins* • Purple Knif
*Album release shows for their new recording Old, Loud & Puffy
On June 8th 2019, The Melody Inn, Indianapolis, Indiana sees the first ever live performance by The Rhythm Methodists!! This will be followed by their second-ever appearance the next Saturday, June 15th, at the Blockhouse in Bloomington, Indiana.
The Rhythm Methodists, with Craig Bell, Claudia Bell, and Kerry Miller (Hot Bodies, Astrobeats, Valley of Kings, Peacock Flounders) first formed in 1988 when friend Ron Sutfin was building a studio at his home in Hamden, CT and needed a band to provide some music. The recordings were preserved, some now available on Craig’s 2014 archival LP, aka Darwin Layne. A couple more sessions in 1989 yielded a few tracks before Craig and Claudia departed to Indianapolis that year.
There, The Rhythm Methodists became synonymous with Craig’s other one-off endeavors in Indiana, such as a track on the Furors tribute Let’s Get Furious and a Dave Davies tribute, The Songs of Dave Davies, with a revolving set of musicians such as Joe Guidone, Phil Kitchel, and Holly Butler.
When Kerry moved from Connecticut to Indianapolis in 2013, the reunited three, plus Malcolm Doak (Saucers) on keyboards, recorded their version of the Stones’ “Hand of Fate” for a compilation album on Whiplash Records.
All these songs, and more are available via our Bandcamp site
The Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
The Rhythm Methodists
w/Target Acquired • BooHag • HotLips Messiah
The Blockhouse – Bloomington, IN
The Rhythm Methodists
w/Eddie Flowers & the Wax-Lip-Swamp-Dub • Terrestrials
The first full-length vinyl LP of Saucers material on Rerun Records out of St. Louis, MO, is here!! Third Saucer from The Sun features recordings from Saucers’ heyday 1978–1980; some of these were previously released on the What We Did (GTA053) CD in 2002. It also includes material discovered after that release and a song from Second Saucer, an EP released as a Gustav Records CD in 2011. It features members Craig Bell (Mirrors, Rocket From The Tombs), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion), Seth Tiven (Dumptruck), Katherine Cormack, Malcolm Marsden, & Malcolm Doak. The cover is a watercolor/ink mural by our friend S.Jane Mills. You can find more of Jane’s work at www.sjanemills.com.
We have original 1979 Saucers singles “What We Do/I Didn’t Get It/Muckraker” available for sale at our appearances with either Craig Bell & Band or X_____X. These records come with the original picture sleeve and have been stored in a closet in New Haven, CT since 1980.
I have added some electronic/experimental pieces recorded down in BelGrotto (as craigbell) over the past couple of years, as well as a complete set by Saucers from Ron’s Place in 1980 and all the various Rhythm Methodists recordings to date.
Thanks to Tyler Watkins at Postal Recording for the great mastering job on the Rhythm Methodists collection Time Permitting (1988-2017) featuring Kerry J. Miller, Claude Bell, Joe Guidone, Phil Kitchel, Holly Butler, Nevard Tellalian, Malcolm W. Doak, (and yours truly) with able assistance along the way by Ron Sutfin, Dave Norman, Mark Cutzinger, and Noah Butler.