Buried Beds

Buried Beds


Upbeat and off-kilter songs that are as heavily percussive as they are nimbly orchestrated; rife with strange and imagined histories. We like to think if Jeff Lynne, Randy Newman and David Bowie had a band it would sound something like Buried Beds.


The story goes that during the yellow fever epidemic back in the early days of Philadelphia, the city made everybody bury their bed to curb the spread of the disease. Meaning essentially, Philadelphia is built on buried beds. Inspired by this odd, historical bit, Philadelphia-based chamber-poppers, Buried Beds, craft upbeat and off-kilter songs that are as heavily percussive as they are nimbly orchestrated; rife with strange and imagined histories.

Eliza Jones and Brandon Beaver formed Buried Beds as a duo a few years back. Since then, the band has grown into a five piece featuring a raucous mix of big drums, electric guitars, viola, piano and and heavy doses of three-part harmonies that mesh together with a mesmerizing and palpable chemistry. The band's debut album, Empty Rooms, won them many fans and accolades, including "Best Band" in Philadelphia Magazine and a spot on Believer Magazine's yearly music compilation.

In 2011 Buried Beds released their sophomore album, Tremble The Sails. Recorded by Beaver and Jones and mixed by the Spinto Band's Nick Krill, Tremble trades their previous album's delicate banjos for dueling guitars that create a landscape where love, death and your future-self throw a party. Joyful songs like "Breadcrumb Trail" and "Ivory Towers" will transport you, toes-tapping, into visions haunted by regal ancestors, hollow earth, and mystical creatures that give a general feeling that the world is a dark and beautiful place. The lead track 'Steady Hand' was named NPR's Song of the Day and the band was able to showcase their stellar live show on tours with Dr. Dog, Murder By Death, The Head and the Heart, and mewithoutYou.

In the midst of all this action Buried Beds found to time to craft a 32 minute film piece with friend and filmmaker Nate Johnson, entitled Small Stories. Part live performance, part love letter to their hometown and all of the friends and collaborators it contains,Small Stories takes the viewer through one long, steamy July day in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. The band performs 6 brand new songs in several bucolic locations around Lemon Hill Mansion, an early 1800s summer estate built for a prosperous merchant. Many familiar faces from Philadelphia's vibrant music scene pop up doing handstands, singing backup, or banging on drums. The joy and camaraderie are undeniable, but the music steals the show. The DVD release of Small Stories will occur on January 20, and the film will be sold with an accompanying EP of several live recordings from the film as well as a brand new studio track from the band's next full-length album.


Empty Rooms, 2006
Tremble the Sails 2011
Small Stories (film and live EP) 2012