Brass Bed have already proven themselves adept at stretching the already pliable boundaries of pop music through their two full-length albums (2008's Midnight Matinee and 2010's Melt White) and brilliant interpretations of the work of pop genius Harry Nilsson and progressive Cajun provocateurs Feufollet. But the release of A Bullet For You, a 7? featuring three sharp new songs shows the quartet’s songwriting abilities only getting stronger.
The centerpiece is the title track “A Bullet For You”, a slow burning reverb-heavy missive that swells gently with ghostly background noise and a heartfelt performance from front man Christiaan Mader. It bends easily into more driving territory, nearly blistering stereo speakers from the rhythmic chaos that supports the anxious howling of the song’s centerpiece guitar solo. “Bullet” is backed by a pair of equally sturdy b-sides that find the boys getting further lost in romantic headspace. They plead for care, caution, and delicacy with a lover’s spirit on “Every Time You Make Me”, and beg to be delivered from alienation and fear on “Please Don’t Go”.
This new 7? will hopefully settle the appetite that has been growing as Brass Bed fans await the release of the band’s next album The Secret Will Keep You in 2013. Three songs may not seem like enough to quell music-hungry consumers around the world, but these are emotion-rich pop tunes that continue to satisfy. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself returning to dig in again and again.
"'A Bullet for You,' the title track from Brass Bed's new three-song 7", is their best yet: a smoke-wreathed piece of pleading, romantic rock that explodes into a gnashing guitar solo redolent of post-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco." SPIN
"Brass Bed has been slowly building up attention and critical praise over the past four years, releasing two full lengths and appearing prime for a breakthrough. With a much-anticipated third record on the way in early 2013..." PASTE
"We sure do love Brass Bed." VICE
Christiaan Mader - Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Andrew Toups - keyboards
Jonny Campos - Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Peter DeHart - Drums
Midnight Matinee (2008)
Melt White (2010, Park The Van Records)
The Color Sessions (2011, Park The Van Records)
On Nilsson (2012, Crossbill Records)
A Bullet For You EP (2012, Crossbill Records)
"A Bullet For You" is best yet
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"'A Bullet for You,' the title track from Brass Bed's new three-song 7", is their best yet: a smoke-..."'A Bullet for You,' the title track from Brass Bed's new three-song 7", is their best yet: a smoke-wreathed piece of pleading, romantic rock that explodes into a gnashing guitar solo redolent of post-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco." SPIN
Brass Bed's 3rd LP Much Anticipated
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"Brass Bed has been slowly building up attention and critical praise over the past four years, relea..."Brass Bed has been slowly building up attention and critical praise over the past four years, releasing two full lengths and appearing prime for a breakthrough. With a much-anticipated third record on the way in early 2013..." PASTE
Vice Loves Brass Bed
"We sure do love Brass Bed." VICE
Jazz Fest Focus on Brass Bed
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2012 is the next in a series of theoretical breakout years for New Orleans-via-Lafayette indie rocke...2012 is the next in a series of theoretical breakout years for New Orleans-via-Lafayette indie rockers Brass Bed. That big pop hasn’t happened yet, despite two excellent LPs and a masterful live show. Melt White, the band’s most recent and best-realized full length, displays a maturity that only years of writing and playing engenders. Standouts such as “People Want to be Happy” and “Miniature Day Parade” are slices of American psych-pop leaning more heavily on the pop part of that formula, replete with the requisite Brian Wilson-isms, overclocked fuzz-boxes, and trunks crammed with anachronistic noise devices.
The name of the game has been ear candy, according to drummer Peter DeHart, but all that is set to change on the forthcoming The Secret Will Keep You, optimistically slated for release this year. Bassist/guitarist/songwriter Jonny Campos adds, “A lot of our friends who we’ve shown it to so far are taken aback.”
It represents a new emphasis on analog, live recording techniques. “We’ve had a lot of people over the years tell us that they’ve listened to the records and they’ve listened to us live, and it doesn’t add up,” Campos says. “They want us to be more crazy and full of energy on the record like we are live. This record is just four dudes in a room, straight to tape. That room was Public Hi-Fi, the backyard studio operated by Spoon’s Jim Eno. The Secret Will Keep You was tracked in a “bum’s rush”—10 tracks in 10 days.
Brass Bed’s live set has become a refined, enthralling machine. Their shows are winding and propulsive and, above all, crowd-pleasing. As a performing entity, Brass Bed utilizes the varied weapons in its arsenal—dramatic shifts in dynamics keep each performance from falling into the irritatingly familiar loud-loud-loud paradigm that many festival acts fall into. Considering the year that fellow Lafayette-bred band GIVERS have had, perhaps Brass Bed’s time has come.
Expect Wild Things From Brass Bed
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Lafayette, La.-based quartet Brass Bed might have fans going stir-crazy until a follow-up to 2010's ...Lafayette, La.-based quartet Brass Bed might have fans going stir-crazy until a follow-up to 2010's “Melt White” is released, and with good reason. Their forthcoming album “The Secret Will Keep You” won’t be out until 2013. And their new 7-inch single “A Bullet For You” only stokes the fires of anticipation. Due out Sept. 18 on Crossbill Records, the single starts as a slow-burning ode, with reverb echoing into all the empty spaces that are lovingly glazed with front man Christiaan Mader’s serene vocals. But this is no ordinary, sentimental ballad; a tint of blues are amplified until rhythmic pandemonium roars by way of a magnificent guitar solo — causing one to forget the start of the song was gentle at all. And that’s the beauty of Brass Bed. Equally moving B-side tunes “Every Time You Make Me” and “Please Don’t Go” make this 7-inch a compelling release in itself. One is only left to expect wild things from the next record.
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It’s pretty hard to write up Brass Bed‘s “A Bullet for You” without typing “Wilco,” and that’s a goo...It’s pretty hard to write up Brass Bed‘s “A Bullet for You” without typing “Wilco,” and that’s a good thing but just a starting point.
“A Bullet for You” is both smooth and jagged, employing all the space and options analogue has to offer as the track inches towards but hedges against dissonance. The song treads to the edge of chaos, swirling in the eddies and currents, while keeping one foot firmly planted on terra firma, but beyond all the unnecessary, music critic wank-off words, “A Bullet for You” rocks. Hard.
Brass Bed is releasing “A Bullet for You” on 7? with two other tracks on September 18th, but you can download it for free below. The guys plan to release the LP The Secret Will Keep You in 2013.
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