Glockabelle is a Casio VL-Tone and glockenspiel shredder who sings in both French and English. Born to Francophone parents, she was introduced to the Casio VL-Tone in Paris where she began blending her classical piano techniques with 8-bit synthpop sounds resulting in a hyperactive mixture of rhythm and tone. She also invented a unique technique for playing the glockenspiel: not with mallets but with eight sewing thimbles. This unique sound led her to a tour with Fiery Furnaces, landing her a set at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.
She has performed at The Toronto Film Festival, Miami Art Basel, SXSW, The Montreux Jazz Festival and has toured with Lightning Bolt, The Space Lady, Mdou Moctar, The Go! Team, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Marnie Stern and Kaki King.
SPIN – Glockabelle’s ‘Wolf BBQ’ is anarchic enchantment. Proclaiming her style “glockrock,” the Francophone free-form bandleader Annabelle Cazes A.K.A. Glockabelle has crafted an intricate and beautifully composed pandemonium for her new EP Wolf BBQ. Incorporating her classical piano background with bold musical lawlessness, the New York-based Cazes — a featured instrumentalist on this year’s Go! Team album The Scene Between — experiments with synth-pop and glockenspiel within a dance-rock framework.Wolf BBQ is unanticipated adventure with each shimmer and bell glimmer on “Washing Machine” and the whimsical video game-esque “Gazelle.” The A.V. Club – Her new Wolf BBQ EP showcases her art-punk, synth-pop provocateur music with gleeful abandon, while still highlighting her exquisite musicianship. Chris Weingarten (1000 Times Yes, SPIN, Rolling Stone) – Everyone follow @Glockabelle: Real-deal nasty, insane, high-speed NYC noise-punk, not cool kids trading band like Pokémon cards. [She] took me back to when “noise punk” required ability, ambition, and executing your crazy ideas.
Jon Pareles (The New York Times) – Technique in action: The glockenspiel has a new heyday in indie-rock, following a lineage from Phil Spector through the E Street Band through U2’s first album to the Arcade Fire. But I haven’t seen one played [this] way: not with mallets, but with thimbles on fingertips. That can make for more simultaneous notes, more busy metallic pling.