London Indie-Rock Outfit Bedroom / Boredom Release Impressive New EP
For the past few years, the London-based rockers of Bedroom / Boredom have been jamming hard and releasing psychedelic-tinged tunes to the delight of listeners, but now, in 2019, Bedroom / Boredom have been utterly transformed by time and practice.
On their latest EP, TV Brain, gone are the days of their surf-rock sparkles, lazing vocals, and shimmering percussion. Suddenly, they are reborn into a band building in-your-face alt-rock compositions that only hint at the chill tendencies they boasted in their early days. "It was a long time coming together but we're really proud of it and can't wait for everyone to hear it,” Bedroom / Boredom tells The Music Mermaid about the EP. “It feels like the step forward that we've needed to push us into a new exciting phase of our career as a band!"
TV Brain kicks off with its title track, such a forceful introduction that it becomes one of the best tracks on the EP even without having heard the rest yet. There’s not exactly all that much to it, because each component is so steady and each member is vibing off each other, but it’s a beautifully crafted arrangement of searing rock riffs and incessant percussion that gains an edge and a flavor towards the end when the instrumentation bows out to chug along in a darker rhythm before returning to the song’s punch of indie-rock power. On “Youthless,” Bedroom / Boredom deliver their signature melodic rock, fixed on unwavering percussive pounds and driven forward by insane guitar work, once again given the unique treatment with a single moment of surprising sonic detail at the very end.
The halfway point of TV Brain finds “Chilly,” built on howled vocals delivering their best performance yet, sent drawling and crooning and soaring among a rapid-fire arrangement of psych-rock rhythms. It’s another standout moment on TV Brain, its quickest and heaviest effort that spotlights just how hard the guys of Bedroom / Boredom are working here. With “Old Friend,” the band return to the warbling surf-rock tones of their early beginnings, but they’ve honed their sound so that it’s a labyrinth of ups-and-downs — sometimes it’s speedy and sparkling, sometimes it’s hardened by instrumental insanity, but at every twist and turn, there’s something to love, especially at that bittersweet hook: “I was gettin’ pretty tired and lonely…” TV Brain ends with an unplugged version of its title track, a groovy rendition that proves Bedroom / Boredom don’t always have to be raging in a crush of rock — they can unwind, too, delivering a flavorful, retro-inspired effort led by some of the best vocals on the whole EP.
TV Brain is gone far too soon. There’s not enough of it. We want more! On their newest EP, the guys of Bedroom / Boredom treat listeners to 15 minutes of high-powered alt-rock mastery. They’re all-in on this — they won’t stop hammering away to create rich, robust soundscapes that showcase their unending skills. This is the good stuff.