Focus on....The Bedroom Hour
2nd November 2013
‘@TheBedroomHour is now following you’
Such an innocuous, unassuming little sentence. It’s short. Sweet. Functional. But by ‘eck it ended up being an important one. A few months on from it, several dozen tweets and my website launch later, the band are set to play at Night And Day in Manchester for a second time tonight (after what was by all accounts an absolute belter of a debut there) and I am a firm fan [this opening paragraph would have ended with ‘and I will be there‘, but sadly I now will not. Garrrr]. With this in mind, here’s a little feature on Stu, Rob, Mark, Dan and Lewis. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Bedroom Hour…
This London - Hillingdon, to be precise - five piece have a distinctive, anthemic sound, with swirling, soaring melodies that provide the perfect foil for singer Stu’s earnest, at times strong and rasping (in a good way!) vocals. This is music that moves you, makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, belongs in some cool indie film and stays in your mind long after it’s finished playing. It’s like Elbow, The Temper Trap, Editors and Doves all got squished together and sprinkled with Joy Division, the result being debut EP Themes with its laid-back, chilled out vibe and catchy, play-that-one-again sound.
A particular favourite for me is Heart Will Haunt, from its dreamy, moody beginning, through soaring choruses, building subtly to a crescendo. It’s smooth, moving and utterly captivating with a real richness of sound and suitably gravelly vocals, I play it a LOT.
Described by BBC Introducing’s Gary Crowley as ‘epic, big sounding, widescreen pop-rock’, these are five lads with a wealth of talent and experience under their belts, and it shows. There is a mature, well-refined tone to their music rather than an amateurish rawness. This is music that has been honed, evolved till it sounds right then recorded at their own studio space , giving them a definite identity that they are totally in control of and that has received wide critical acclaim, as well as a legion of fans from around the world. They have successfully embraced social media to gain that wide-reaching audience - I’m a prime example of that, but they also have a Street Team of dedicated fans with their own Facebook group and regularly interact with their fans on Twitter. It’s this kind of approachable nature that make people feel that they really know the band behind the music, and equally lets them know that their craft is appreciated and that the hard work is worth it.
The Bedroom Hour take the stage tonight for a second time at Night And Day in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It’s sure to be a riotous success, tickets are a fiver on the door if you can get there - and it will be a fiver very well spent. They have the Internet pretty much covered - Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, anywhere else you can think of - a quick search will take you where you want to be. Enjoy the journey.