London-based alt-pop trio Belle Mt. lock into a heavy groove on their new single “Famous Son,” available HERE. The stirring track—about the perseverance it takes to chase your dreams—follows the band’s debut Warner Records EP, The Water, released last year. The band recently filmed a stunning live version of the track in London during lockdown. “Famous Son” features Matt Belmont on vocals & acoustic guitars, Chris Burgess on drums, Ben Worsley on electric guitars and Jamie Sierota on bass & keys.
On May 1, Belle Mt. will perform “live” in a unique 3D experience followed with an exclusive fan Meet & Greet via Microsoft’s Altspace VR brought to you by VadVim. This global event is free and does not require a VR Headset. The AltspaceVR platform supports 2D mode, which means you can see the event using a PC or MAC.
The driving instrumental of “Famous Son” offers a colorful canvas for singer/songwriter/guitarist Matt Belmont’s vivid meditation, recalling the advice he got as a teenager who had just started his first band. The song was also inspired by another bit of wisdom from his dad: the idea that “music’s great artists didn’t choose to be great—they just didn’t know how to do or be anything else.”
The younger Belmont returns to these sentiments when he feels lost walking the songwriter’s path. His father’s words pushed him to keep his head down, focusing on his dream of being a great musician while working odd jobs. “Famous Son” captures the collision of luck and hard work that created the breakthrough allowing Belmont to bust out of his comfort zone.
“‘Famous Son’ comes from that moment in the artist’s journey when you choose to really bet on yourself, to chase the dream in spite of all the risks and unpredictability,” Belmont says. “Its high energy is rooted in the constant back and forth between self-belief and imposter syndrome, and in that coiled, base-level anxiety that some of us feel so consistently we forget it’s even there. I don’t know how to do anything else or be anything else, so here goes.”
“Famous Son” finds Belle Mt. expanding on a sound they’ve been refining since 2017, when the trio released an acoustic version of the single “Hollow” on their independent debut Volume I EP. In the years since, the track took on a life of its own, earning critical acclaim, spots on beloved playlists like Spotify’s “New Music Friday,” and tens of millions of streams. In 2020, Belle Mt. signed with Warner Records and released a new version of “Hollow,” which Belmont described as an exploration of “love, loss, rebirth, and everything in between”—an apt summary of Belle Mt.’s overall ambitions.
About Belle Mt.
As Matt Belmont explains, Belle Mt. (pronounced bell-mont) is “an ever-evolving concept that can take on many forms.” At times, it can manifest as Belmont performing his most intimate songs solo, accompanied by sparse guitar or keys. In its current incarnation, Belle Mt. mostly performs as a trio, with a poignant alt-pop sound filled out by long-term collaborators Chris Burgess on drums/percussion and Ben Worsley on guitar, bass, and backing vocals. The band first emerged in late 2017 with their debut EP Volume I, captivating audiences worldwide with Matt Belmont’s emotive songwriting and heartfelt vocals. While their first single “Hollow (Acoustic)” claimed real estate on coveted playlists such as Spotify’s “New Music Friday,” the group performed at SXSW, British Summertime in Hyde Park, Eurosonic, and on the road with KALEO. After amassing multiple millions of streams globally, Belle Mt. inked a contract with Warner Records in 2020. More music to follow soon.