The Bobby Lees on how no-holds-barred songwriting and a musical molotov cocktail helped them create primal new album, Bellevue

The Bobby Lees
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Hailing from Woodstock, UK, The Bobby Lees are a garage punk force to be reckoned with. They came together when actress, singer and guitarist Sam Quartin upped sticks from New York City back in 2017, and recruited a band of talented teenagers from what lead guitarist Nick Casa describes as an “after school-type program” called The Rock Academy.

In true DIY style, they’ve since spent much of their time booking their own gigs and driving around the country to play them. For this interview, Quartin and Casa dialed in from the band van while en route to showcase tracks from their new record, Bellevue, live and loud on stage in Baltimore.

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.