search by
artist  album title  keyword
trouser press
Home
Reviews
What's New
Trouser Press Magazine
Message Board
Links
FAQ's
Merchandise
Contact Us
XML
 
 

BEDHEAD (Buy CDs by this artist)
4songCDEP19:10 EP (Trance Syndicate) 1994
WhatFunLifeWas (Trance Syndicate) 1994
Beheaded (Trance Syndicate) 1996
The Dark Ages EP (Trance Syndicate) 1996

Spawned in early 1992 in the unlikely locale of Dallas, Bedhead was an early harbinger of the mid-'90s slowcore semi-movement. The key word here is "languid," even when the quartet (guitar-playing brothers Bubba and Matt Kadane, bassist Kris Wheat and drummer Trini Martinez) is playing hard: Matt's lazy vocals, the unhurried tempos and intricately interwoven guitar/bass patterns that bear footprints of Spacemen 3 and New Order, as well as the occasional tread of Galaxie 500 and Codeine. (Bedhead covers Joy Division's "Disorder" on the descriptively titled 4songCDEP19:10, which was recorded live to stereo in one take.) Yet unlike those groups, Bedhead evidently uses no gearboxes, its clean sonic sheets conveying enough tension and intensity to render effects unnecessary.

[Jem Aswad]