Bedhead has, I regret to say, gone on to the great gig in the sky. The New Year rose from the ashes, and while they and their album were (albums? are? I'm way behind) very good, it's sad to see such a great band pass away. Fortunately, Bedhead has an long list of releases, some of which I haven't touched yet, so I think I'll survive. Of course, I've survived several years so far past their actual breakup, but who's to say I won't just start crying tomorrow? Anyhow, you shouldn't have to survive any longer without hearing this fantastic band, essentially indie rock minus all pretension, with the great songwriting without which so many bands should be falling apart.
For some reason I always think of Bedhead as a quiet band, like Kepler or something, but every time I put on a Bedhead song that idea gets flipped on its head. The singer has a soft voice, and few songs start out with big riffs or anything like that, so if you're not paying attention it may appear to be harmless, but there are real rock-outs which would kick your ass live, like "Haywire" and the end of "Bedside Table." Leaving that aside, though, it's the songwriting that stands out here. Every song is so tight, and the instruments are so well played, that it's hard to fault almost anything they've made. The drumming is a bit bare sometimes, but that's all I can think of. Bedhead is a band without a theme or gimmick, just a few talented musicians pumping out excellent music. Actually, the biggest drawback would seem to be that any or all of these songs would be so incredibly awesome live. If I were ten years older, I might have been able to address that concern, but all things considered I think I prefer having been young in the 80s.