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Meet the Band: Human Bell

Hometown // Baltimore

Current members // Nathan Bell, guitar and trumpet; David Heumann, guitar

Founded in // 2000

Style // experimental instrumental rock

Influenced by // Lungfish, Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Notable // The group began with Bell and Heumann playing acoustic guitars together and evolved into its current, more electric sound. But the pair always kept their music instrumental. Their CD release party for their new self-titled album is Sunday at the Ottobar.

Quotable // "Without lyrics, it gives the listener more room to use their imagination," Bell said. "Maybe the listener hears their own lyrics to the song. It can almost make the song a little more personable for the listener in their own way."

See Human Bell on Sunday upstairs at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 410-662-0069 or go to The band:[SAM SESSA

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