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After a brief introduction, Wild Belle walks on stage to the applause of the 2013 NonCommvention-goers. The band is based around siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman. Natalie takes point at center stage, microphone at the ready, while Elliot posts up to the right in front of a keyboard and drum machine. Their band follows along behind them, picking up guitars and sitting down at the drum kit.
The genes run consistent in this family. It’s hard to describe the Bergman’s as anything but sexy. Natalie wears tall black boots, ripped jeans, and a slightly-too-small leather jacket while Elliot’s long dark hair swings over the shoulders of his slim suit. While the crowd is focused on their attractiveness they dive into their first song.
It’s hard to describe their music as anything other than electric dub. The bass prowls over their loops and drums as Natalie sings into the mic. Halfway through the first song, Elliot picks up a baritone saxophone and plays along on that. Elliot’s virtuosity would continue throughout the night, as he jumped from keyboard to saxophone, while managing the drum machine the whole time.
Reggae’s influence on Wild Belle shines through as they play one of their singles, “Love Like This,” a track off their debut album, Isles. They continue to roll through their set into another song, “Another Girl,” during which Natalie takes over on keyboard while Elliot is preoccupied with the saxophone.
Wild Belle is one of many bands to perform at the NonCommvention, but their deep dark sound is something that captured the audience in an unexpected way. Through the rest of the night, during some pretty impressive acts in their own sense, you could hear people continue to talk about how great Wile Belle was.