Video Premiere: Imaginary Cities, “Bells Of Cologne”


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“You won’t hear it on the radio.”

If you keep your ears open, inspiration can strike at any time. Just ask Rusty Matyas of Canadian rock band Imaginary Cities. Matyas wrote the catchy, cascading “Bells Of Cologne” when he was far from home, after a bit of divine intervention from the heavens.

“‘Bells of Cologne’ was born on a day off in — you guessed it — Cologne, Germany,”says Matyas. “I was having coffee and doing laundry at our friend Anna’s place. While sitting on her rooftop patio in the sun, about a dozen churches bells erupted in a cacophony of deafening rings and dings. I whipped out my iPhone as I often do, and recorded the sound. I promised Anna that when we arrived back in Canada we would turn it into a song, and the end product still includes the original recording of bells from that afternoon.”

Check out the lyric video below, and pick up Imaginary Cities’ sophomore album Fall Of Romance May 28 on Votiv.


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