One of the headlining acts will be The Relationship, fronted by Brian Bell of Weezer.
“I’ve never been to Sundance. It’s great that I’m finally getting to go as a performer instead of a person who is just going for parties, or whatever. I really had no business to ever to be at Sundance. So now I feel like it’s pretty cool to have a reason to be there. Probably half the people that I see will be from L.A. anyway, which is ironic,” he said while trying to get to the airport earlier this week to fly to Utah.
The Relationship released their self-titled debut album in 2010. Since that time, Bell said the band hasn’t played many shows, but has had time to write new music and solidify their live sets. Their new 7-inch single, “Oh Allen” will be released in March.
Even though Weezer just released a new album in October, Bell said he still has time for his other project.
“Weezer is not as intense as it once was when we first started and you’re trying to make a name for yourselves. It was like everyday we were touring for a year and a half. Now everyone has families and things are spread out more than they used to be and we can afford more time off. And it’s during those times off I find the time,” he said.
Weezer is such a fine tuned machine at this point, Bell said, that there’s actually more stress playing in The Relationship.
“I think there’s a lot more pressure on me to prove myself in The Relationship, and maybe I thrive on that,” he said.
The sound of The Relationship isn’t too far off from Weezer.
“All the music I really know is rock-n-roll. I don’t know how to make electric pop or anything. I’m not trying to do anything greatly different that’s not really me,” Bell said.
What The Relationship offers Bell for his creative outlet is not only the chance to be on lead vocals as well as guitar, but also play with guitarist Nate Shaw whom Bell has known since he was 18, and his best friend Jon LaRue on bass, and Anthony Burulcich who has drummed for Morrissey and The Bravery.
“It’s just another form of collaborating with friends,” Bell said.
When asked about the role of music in films and whether he would be interested in having his music in an independent film, Bell said absolutely.
“I would love to do that. I also one day would love to score a film. I’m always studying composition and I’m fascinated with how music and pictures sync together to create a larger feeling,” he said.
The Relationship will stay busy while in Utah. They already played a show Thursday night at Diabolical Records in Salt Lake. And they will play at the Urban Lounge on Sunday, something Bell said he was looking forward to as much, if not more, than Sundance.
“I know there will be real music fans there. The non-Sundance people, maybe. Actual people of Salt Lake, not L.A. transplants for the weekend,” he said.
Bell is no stranger to Salt Lake City. His sister lives here and owns a framing store. He called Salt Lake his home away from. But while he often got his nephews ski lessons for Christmas, Bell said he never really took advantage of the Greatest Snow on Earth himself.
“I’ve been skiing once. I really wish I was better at it,” he said. “I’m not really an outdoorsy sports person. But I’d love to be able to ski.”