Local 913, Episode 15, The Van Allen Belt
The Van Allen Belt is one of Pittsburgh's most unique bands, both visually and sonically, with influences from 1960's girl groups to Bjork. Originally formed in 2006: Several lineup changes, albums and opening slots for Stereolab later, The Van Allen Belt is now focused on the audio-visual experience their music offered. In 2012, they debuted a live multimedia show that left live drums behind and operated as an electronic act incorporating live elements of vocals, keys and bass with former drummer, Scott Taylor acting as a live sound designer. It is clear what the influence of great visual musicians like Kate Bush and Bjork have had on The Van Allen Belt. The group self-released their latest LP Heaven on a Branch in fall of 2014. The record's experimental production and vocal performance from lead singer Tamar Kamin, bring to mind the current output of artists like St. Vincent. For more information on The Van Allen Belt, click here.