If the criteria for a self-titled debut album is to fully capture a band’s energy, then bed shelves does exactly that. With the main themes being love for their hometown, enjoying the summer, and catching up with your friends, you’ll feel well-acquainted with the band after listening and immersing yourself in their world. Although mental health is not an uncommon topic in alternative music, BEDDY SPOTSThe approach is certainly different. The Australian indie-punk quartet tackle some tough themes in an upbeat and positive way, in catchy songs that sound exactly like summer trips to the beach.
Opener Wait a moment is a strong song to start with, only because it encompasses what this band stands for: a catchy chorus with verses that speak to a friend and show support in a difficult situation. It’s reassuring and uplifting, leading well to the rest of the album. FUTU (Fear Of The Unknown) is another extremely strong track, and the backing vocals cleverly underline the line “Friends always keep me afloat.” On my own leads its way into the song with distorted guitar, slowly building into something punchy and memorable. The melody of the lyrics repeating on the guitar in the chorus makes the song very replayable.
To sort is perhaps the catchiest song on the album, drawing you in immediately, with the outro rising to a pitch where the song ends abruptly. Handle is a strong song, full of original ideas. This song leans more into the indie side of indie punk, starting with a laid back, relaxed sound before bursting into an upbeat instrumental that brings the beat back. Brin’s song is raw and honest, with early studio sounds reflecting this. The acoustic sound emphasizes the emotional lyrics, and although they are punchy, they are still upbeat, making for a touching and heartbreaking song. sober coaster quickly picks up the pace with an upbeat sound while talking about the harsh realities of drinking culture. Once again, the band perfectly sums up the feeling of summer and the party, when the good mixes with the bad. This song hits like an anthem and gives a festival feel.
While there are no bad songs on this album, it’s the top eight that stand out the most. Milk stands out as one of the main singles, and by introducing faster guitars and more intense drumming, the sound is enhanced. The next few tracks, while still upbeat and positive, don’t have as much of an impact as the others, and the sound starts to feel a bit repetitive. easy man looks like he might be influenced by indie bands like KAISER HEADS and WOMBATS, which is an interesting change from the rest of the pop-punk-inspired songs. Closer good with bad is a solid and satisfying ending, though not one of the best. Again, if this album is designed to simply introduce the band, then this track sums it up nicely, especially with its quite memorable lyrics.
bed shelves is a solid introduction to the band, and while it struggles to stay this good all the time, especially since the best and most musically interesting songs are from the beginning of the album, it definitely completes the task of selling the group and drawing interest. The themes, especially those of drinking culture and male friendships, are well explored and mean you definitely feel a little connected to the members. While it’s not the most experimental or thought-provoking album of all time, it did create a lot of live bangers, producing a fun, bubbly energy that’s needed in alternative music right now, and setting up BEDDY SPOTS firmly in the bands to watch category.
Beddy Rays is set to be released on July 29 via self-publish.
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