Believe The Hype – bdrmm Shines on Glowing Debut Longplayer ‘BEDROOM’

16 July 2020

Who: Five good boys  from Hull, UK
Album: Bedroom
Released: 3 July 2020 – debut LP
Info: “Formed into the early hours of 2017, Ryan Smith took his solo project from bedroom
to stage in what feels like an instant. Under the moniker ‘bdrmm’ the Hull 5-piece cut their
teeth across Northern venues, before releasing opening two singles, the twin-paced ‘kare’
and sprawling anti-epic ‘the way i want’. A slimy cocktail of synth-soaked Beach House, jangly slackers DIIV and otherworldly shoe-gazers Slowdive, the group combine a knack for weaving dreamy sonic textures and sentimental story-telling together perfectly.”

NME said: “Four years in the making, it’s been that long since frontman Ryan Smith wrote his first demo before clocking in for a twelve-hour shift at his local pub. Quickly growing into a five-piece, it wasn’t long before bdrmm’s bright shoegaze singles and live shows led to them signing to Sonic Cathedral, a label renowned for being a paradise of noise, and releasing their debut EP ‘If Not, When?’ last October… Vulnerability seeps through ‘Bedroom’ at every turn, but it’s veiled in a relatable beauty that’s both meditative and cleansing. bdrmm have mastered that fine art of conveying emotion through their music with a deft intelligence, and their debut immerses you with each listen and says: “Hey, it’s okay to screw up now and again – but learn from it.” A glorious and human introduction, this is without doubt a modern-day shoegaze classic.” Full review here. Score: 5/5

Key phrase: “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to
use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”
Oscar Wilde,

Key references: Ride, Lush, The Horrors, The Cure, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins

Keywords: Believe the hype / Yesterday, today, tomorrow / Inventiveness and melodiousness / No fillers all killers / Double-edged emotions / Shoegaze symphonies performed in a sonic universe between heaven and hell / Guitarscapes brilliance

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(photo Sam Joyce)

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