Thats what a growing number of people are saying about the female-fronted soul-punk quartet, The BellRays.
The bands talented, energetic and afro-topped singer, Lisa Kekula, says its easy for people to stereotype her as the soul of the band, presumably because shes a black woman backed by three white boy ex-punkers.
Kekula understands thats a quick way to try to describe them, but, as things get more diverse, they get more specialized, too, and people dont want to consider anything outside their little scope.
The BellRays new record, Have A Little Faith, does wear its proto-punk-slash-vintage soul influences proudly on its sonic sleeve, but Kekula challenges anyone to play her anything from the past that sounds like the BellRays.
She adds: Sure, weve got the Ike and Tina Turner meets the Stooges or MC5 aspects, but theres Public Enemy in there, and some future thing you called I dont know what, too.
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