Aka Belle

Music

Boise, ID

Following their muse has made Aka Belle hard to categorize over the years - from bittersweet laments and folksy protest pop songs, to psychedelic heavy guitar driven feedback mixed with sultry, retro tropicalia jazz vibes, they’ve been anything but predictable. With numerous line-up changes, their sound has evolved with each incarnation, allowing various members to lend of themselves in the overall sound, not to mention the eclectic mix of special guests (international jazz saxophonist Curtis Stigers; rock guitar wizard Brett Netson of Caustic Resin/Built to Spill/Earth; to name a few). At the core, Aka Belle remains the same (Catherine Merrick, Sam Merrick), but now with new members who push this Boise band towards “Supergroup” status: Gina Gregerson (Dirt Fishermen) joined as backing vocalist and guitarist, and was followed closely by the addition of Troy Wright (Treepeople, Magnetics), on drums, and the ever smiling Anthony Mulparry (Green Zoo), on bass. The band spent the latter half of 2022 in the studio and plan to release new tracks in early 2023 - some have already hit the eardrums of audiences who've seen them play more recently (Flipside Fest) - including the ritualistic psych-folk call for body sovereignty "Raise Power," and the sci-fi hippie disco pop punk of "Transmission '74." “Don’t be afraid of time or change - it’s constant-” Aka Belle sing in their 2021 release, “New Highs in Leadership;” clearly acknowledging and prophesying their own organic transformations as well as pushing their own boundaries.
Aka Belle