New From Portland: bed. – “Replay”
bed. are available at Bandcamp.
by Walter Price
Relationships can be confining. Struggles in unfamiliar spaces. Within four walls and mentally. Dysfunction, disdain, rebounds, and unwavering love. This mix can hit you like a wall. How do you deal with it? In the case of Portland slow-fi outfit bed., you write a powerful song.
The song is “Replay”, from an untitled forthcoming debut full-length this Fall via Bug Hunt Records.This track is sonically a bit different from bed-‘s previous releases. No vamping, this song smacks you in the gut from the first note. Just like how the Pixies and L7 used to do. A blast of the blistering-grungy guitar with urgent vocals causing a whirlwind of sounds giving way to melodic change and back again. But this isn’t a retro 90’s track, this is a true story of frustration by a real couple in a partnership that stretches beyond legal and emotional martial contracts. This couple, Sierra and Alex Haager, are many things, a young family, accomplished musicians, songwriters, and business partners.
And trying to wrangle so many tentacles can wear a relationship thin. But having the wherewithal to see things through is “Replay”. Relationships can and will get heavy in an abundance of ways, write a song about it.
(band photos by Jeremy Hernandez)
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