Interbellum is the musical project of Lebanese singer-songwriter Karl Mattar, aka Charlie Rayne. Formed in 2015, the project sees him working alongside multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal and other musicians from the Beirut music scene. The group released a lo-fi rock album in 2016, Now Try Coughing, and is currently working on a follow-up. The single Another Day/First Light was released in February 2018 ahead of the upcoming album, slated for release in Fall 2018.
“Now Try Coughing” is the first full-length release by Interbellum. The record sees band leader Karl Mattar working alongside guitarist and producer Fadi Tabbal (The Incompetents, Bunny Tylers), bassist Elie Abdelnour (Safar) and drummer Pascal Semerdjian (Postcards). Released in August 2016, the album was recorded on 8-track cassette at Tabbal’s Tunefork Studios in Beirut.