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Hide Your Tracks

by The Bellmont

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All these years I let an oath weigh on me I told Annie I would be strong, but before I speak You promise you will be calm, The last thing I need Is to hear you begin the roar, Baby girl just breathe It’s your patients that I adore to carry me There is a secret that belongs to me start to pack your things And promise you will be calm the last thing I need is to hear you begin to roar, baby girl just breathe I am no saint They found the safe They made elijah break And now they’re coming for me I am but a criminal, I want you to see I was young and could afford to be out of reach You and I have been here before just not as bleak Take Annie and start the car, don't miss a beat All my energy has been tried To make this admission tonight. I am no saint They found the safe They made elijah break And now they’re coming for me I am no saint They found the safe Will you come with me? Will you come with me?
2.
Take it home have it sent to the other side Let’s commence darling you have sense to Keep the other safe Did you hide your tracks? They couldn’t follow me, they still have your scent I’ll take the meadow through the swamp lands and cattle because I know it’s inevitable I will be caught in the grove Let’s commence darling you have sense to keep the others safe Let’s commence darling you have sense to keep the others safe, hide your tracks Foresight saw big wheels turning We’re not fine in this brushfire We can paw the earth and everybody found time to save lives Take it home have it sent to the other side Let’s commence darling you have sense to Keep the other safe Did you hide your tracks? They couldn’t follow me, they still have your scent I’ll take the meadow through the swamp lands and cattle because I know it’s inevitable I will be caught in the grove Let’s commence darling you have sense to keep the others safe Let’s commence darling you have sense to keep the others safe, hide your tracks Foresight saw big wheels turning We’re not fine in this brushfire We can paw the earth and everybody found time to save lives The ayes have it, Mind the children, the owls have night vision Be warned Do lead the way, find more, be brave
3.
The Fall 03:49
Do yourself a favor begin to talk You were there from the start, all that ran saved themselves from the dark what a friend to fold and bend, his hate to blame what did Cylus say? He said throw the sheets in the fire And then grab a rag from the glovebox in the car To fool them wipe the top of everything you touch Then i said I will be the one, the one to take the fall. Do yourself a favor begin to talk He was there from the start, you knew your life had changed the moment he arrived You’re not safe with him, you know you have seen what he’s capable of He will do this again, the trail of blood has made his actions obvious He said we’ll be married in the fall and then begin the life we had dreamed of after all we fooled them. they why are you the one that we caught and then I said, i could be the one, the one to take the fall do yourself a favor begin to talk
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Allowing you to pass between the walls I built around myself An accomplishment beyond reward Yet it goes unnoticed Line up your toes and mine and you’ll see the stars come together And the world will feel a touch brighter And If only for a moment And I’ll miss you come January When there’s no one but myself To warm my thoughts and half-truths Line up your toes and mine and see the stars come together
5.
Take a look now There is something eaten Take a look now There is something eaten away Tears don’t cure our strength after the falling rain Too late to curse now civil talks go round and round Let’s hear it for the human hat trick anvil for the Kings they’re calling, they’re calling you Tears don’t cure our strength after the falling rain Be my logic now Promise a better stand Keep me with the pack It will be enough for me now This world dainty with eyes pinned open Maybe it’s a little slump Take head of a message from a fake mind swollen Try in on for size The size creates a feeling of certain bends and trolley spins on us Tears don’t cure our strength after the falling rain Too late to curse now civil talks go round and round This world dainty with eyes pinned open Be my logic now Promise a better stand Keep me with the pack It will be enough for me now Countenance and liberty
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Such a bright beam breaks the sand stream through the glass Such a bright light Like ashes falling on the snow peak after the blast Such a bright light Egad There is a mild swarm of lightning bugs to catch Such a bright light And wherever she is there’s a shine to lead her back Such a Bright light Egad She saw them fall asleep and then dim down And we tried to bring them home with us And what I didn’t know is where they would go in the daylight And we tried to bring them home with us There is a mild swarm of lightning bugs to catch Such a bright light And wherever she is there’s a shine to lead her back Such a Bright light Egad
7.
I Stand Too 03:24
Drove those miles Going going away for awhile Whata whata day I would have dreamt away I stand too down the road where I’m from Please don’t tell me I’m on my own Are you ready? Drove those miles Going going away for awhile Whata whata day I would have dreamt away
8.
A petty fool, unfazed by what I’ve become All my life, I seen the world torn. The shoreline is peacefully now they’ve gone All I want is just one more chance to make believe There’s a bottle out there I can trust In your saviors eyes I’ve been a fool for too long and my faith has gone astray, and everyone is here. A simple man unsure of the call, and my story is not one to fall on deaf ears for too long I shook the hand of the unsimple life. Curses the new sounds of the people’s cries, and wondered if it could be you. What a clever way to speak to these souls Everyone one is here. It’s the face I can’t wash of the walls Everyone is here. It’s the child’s eyes I’ve grown to love.
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Girl, you know it’s time My heart beats so loud I can’t hear Slow down the clock, The longer the better when you’re near My hands can gently touch all around the world they cup. Oh, darling, darling, darling What’s left to say? No more jokes Baby, on the floor, We can be alone On a high we make from making love Oh, darling, darling, darling. I saw you standing there in the window When the sunset. It was the way you tied your hair, You knew damn well I could be alone knowing you were gunning for me as well A man likes a good woman My ambitions are no longer hidden. What’s left to say? No more jokes Baby, on the floor, We can be alone On a high we make from making love Now you’re seeing my side There’s a whole world turning but I can’t be denied this moment I can’t be bothered We were calm, we were bad We were in the moonlight on the sand Your body had tensed You knew damn well I could be alone knowing you were gunning for me as well A man likes a good woman My ambitions are no longer hidden. What’s left to say? No more jokes Baby, on the floor, We can be alone On a high we make from making love
10.
The dirt stays on Hey now I can see your head from around that willow trunk, come down What a fun day to write about You were mad about your hair When the water found its glare And then we gave up, came down How do you some stay 15 and not think loud Unhooked from the arm on your dress Do you see them point, do you see them pointed that? And if you spin the word on life and you believe in what they say, well I don’t see the point, I don’t see the point in that The dirt stays on, hey Sal I think I came from the interstate, where are you? Come now When the angel struck your hand, you were worried about that sound in that sleepy southern town So what’s the hold up? Please count Your brain’s seen ages come abound, ages come abound Unhooked from the arm on your dress Do you see them point, do you see them pointed that? And if you spin the word on life and you believe in what they say, well I don’t see the point, I don’t see the point in that

about

The Bellmont was an Albuquerque based indie-rock band fronted by Diné musician and singer/songwriter Billy Bellmont. The band originated as a solo bedroom pop project for Billy sometime in 1999, but his lilting vocals, referential lyrics, and catchy songwriting style instantly gained him fans amongst his musical peers, and The Bellmont quickly became a real band. By the end of the 2000’s, the band’s final line-up was well road-tested and ready to take everything they’d learned from their years playing together into the studio.

After some pre-production at bassist Terry Burch’s house, recording sessions for the band’s homespun debut album, ‘Hide Your Tracks’ began in earnest at guitarist Sean McCullough’s Silverchord Studios in 2010. Billy contributed guitar, keys, and vocals, Terry played bass, Sean played guitar and Omnichord, and Ryan Jarvis (amongst a handful of others) provided the drums and percussion. Tracking for the album ended in 2016, and a few scratch mixes were shared with friends and diehard fans on CD-R’s.

The album’s opening tracks “The Admission,” “Hide Your Tracks,” and “The Fall” were amongst the initial album “leak” in 2016, as was “Line Up Your Toes,” a song now known as “When The Stars Come Together”. Lyrically, these songs are all very similar in theme, as they all deal with crime to some degree. Musically, these tracks also feel quite related in their influences, especially when taken in comparison with the latter half of the album.

Shortly after “Lightning Bug” (a track that Billy’s current band, Bellemah, recently re-recorded for their album, ‘The Dirt I Settled In’), the album takes a fairly hard turn, and the indie rock band that you came to the show for seemingly disappears into the ether. In its place, four very different bands, all helmed by Billy, take the stage one at a time, and play a singular song from their catalog before handing off the mic. Imagine going to a Pinback or Built To Spill show, and then halfway through their set, Mayer Hawthorne, Rufus Wainright and Calexico take the stage.

Seeing how diverse the musical material is, and how similar all the songs sound from a production standpoint, it’s no wonder that it took so long to complete this album. When you throw in children, various touring schedules, and hundreds of miles between members, the length of time it took to finish the album seems all the more insignificant. In the end, who cares? Let’s just chalk it all up to “New Mexico Time” and enjoy the music that The Bellmont have made for us.

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released October 11, 2019

ALBUM CREDITS :
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Billy Bellmont (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards)
Terry Burch (Bass)
Sean McCullough (Guitar, Omnichord)
Ryan Jarvis (Drums)
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Erin Saulsbury (Backing vocals on "The Admission")
Ryan Martino (Drums and drum tracking on "The Admission")
Nolan Ramirez (Drums on "Lightning Bug")
Sam Miller (Piano on "The Dirt Stays On")
David Schripsema (Trumpet on "The Dirt Stays On")

Recording : Sean McCullough & Terry Burch
Mixing : Sean McCullough & Terry Burch
Mastering : Sean McCullough
Album Art : Will Watts

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The Bellmont is an Albuquerque indie-rock band formed and fronted by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Billy Bellmont. The band combines disparate elements such as Billy’s ethereal vocals with driving bass and guitar lines, elements of soul and math rock to form a sound wholly unlike any band you’ve heard.

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