The Story So Far...
Formerly known as Dick Whiskey and the Bottle Openers, Smokey Bellows is an aggressive hard rock / blues and folk fusion led by frontman, Nicholas Bigatel. Calling Pittsburgh, PA, their home, Nicholas is joined by lead guitarist Brian Zalewski (from pop-punk band Before You) and bassist Kevin Harvey and multi-instrumentalist Tom Rinn, both from the post-hardcore band Worn Colors. Filling out the percussion duties is Andy Collier and washboard extraordinaire, Nick's sister, Meredith Bigatel.
Their debut album, "Half Lucid and the Other Half" is a hard Gothic folk blend that features long smooth guitar riffs, a melodic flood of bleak lyrics, and the deep energetic growls of Bigatel. The success of the album earned the group acclaim from CBS Local as a "Best Up-and-Coming Band".
Their follow up EP, "Devil" is a far heavier, focused effort. Louder, with banging percussion from Collier, Bigatel growls and screams his way through a short and sweet, doomsday trip across our media obsessed culture.
Performing live all over the city, Smokey Bellows is guaranteed to rock a spell on the crowd, much like the subject of their blistering rendition of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You,” a particularly sinister fixture of the bands’ recent sets.