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Friday, March 14 • 1:00am - 1:30am
Bedroom Walls

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Bedroom Walls can leave listeners feeling like they’ve been exposed to something very lovely, but maybe a tiny bit evil. Lingering scent of brimstone aside, it’s an arrangement that seems to make everyone happy. The tricks of the band’s trade are a narcotic grace, a cruel sense of humor, and melodies that draw crooked lines all over the pop map. The L.A. WEEKLY did a good job explaining the phenomenon: "Music has to be liked a bit too much. Bedroom Walls make that easy, playing songs with awkward perfection. It's shamelessly melodic, kind of ambient, kind of spaced-out, surprisingly clever. It's like your little sister on drugs, insouciant and a bit off-the-wall." Or, as Bedroom Walls told the LOS ANGELES TIMES with a sly wink, "We just want to make people sad." Bedroom Walls formed in 2002 when Adam Goldman, Melissa Thorne and Julian Gross (now of Liars) got together in Los Angeles to arrange the repertoire of ethereal non-sequiturs Goldman had been amassing by the light of the dirty L.A. moon. The group began rehearsing songs that would eventually populate their sleepy, infectious 2003 debut, I SAW YOU COMING BACK TO ME. In a brazen act of sublime idiocy, they dubbed their sound Romanticore. Critics and fans liked what they heard – the record earned praise for its stunning textures, shimmering melodies, and dark wit from the likes of ROLLING STONE, THE VILLAGE VOICE, and THE BOSTON PHOENIX, and DJ Nic Harcourt invited them on his legendary KCRW radio show for an in-studio performance. (ISYCBTM reached #9 on KCRW’s album chart the month of its release.) The band expanded to a septet and played shows in New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Austin, where they wowed industry-types and Lone Star hipsters at last year’s South-By-Southwest Festival. Now comes Bedroom Walls' breathtaking sophomore album, ALL GOOD DREAMERS PASS THIS WAY (Baria Records), which has already received raves from SPIN, URB, and the ALL MUSIC GUIDE. Produced by Rafter Roberts (Sufjan Stevens, Fiery Furnaces, Black Heart Procession, Castanets) and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, Beck, U2, Rufus Wainwright, Journey), the record finds the band indulging both its melodic gifts and its love of ornate instrumentation. Goldman says he was trying to capture the epic schizophrenia of his high school mix tapes: "When you're a kid, you just love what you love without thinking too hard about classifications or sub-genres. So, I would make myself these mix tapes with a Squeeze song followed by a Pink Floyd song, followed by a Smiths song followed by Led Zeppelin. I found one of these tapes when we were starting to arrange this record and I loved the crazy internal logic of it. I wanted to get all of that – the anglo-pop of Squeeze, the mythic bombast of Led Zeppelin, the druggy sprawl of Floyd, the teenage narcissism of the Smiths." After recording ALL GOOD DREAMERS, the band underwent another transformation, paring itself down to an essential duo of Goldman and Thorne, with outside assistance brought in as the situation demands. Paradoxically, the live sound is more chaotic and unhinged with this streamlined crew – songs that felt like whispered confessions on record now sound like raucous bursts of joy and madness. But despite the sonic shape-shifting, it’s really just a continuation of the mission: to craft a sound that hints at the darker side of pretty things and the lighter side of knowing your ex-girlfriend is happier now.
http://2008.sxsw.com/music/showcases/band/1365.html

Friday March 14, 2008 1:00am - 1:30am
Wave 408 E 6th St

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