“If happy was scary at the same time” is the self-described sound of Ashland, Kentucky’s Bedtime, and that’s exactly how the band’s first full-length album feels. The guys of Bedtime (James Friley, Andrew Ramey, Lucas Ward and Josh Blaine) combine their obvious creativity and genuine musical talents to create a distinctive and captivating sound that has already earned this unsigned band a lot of respect from fellow artists and a huge fan base in their hometown and the surrounding areas.
The self-titled album is a great showcase for the talents of these young musicians. There are a couple of old favorites from the band’s previous EP like “Winter’s Glow” and “The Last Day” that only seem better in the context of a full-length album, as well as several new songs that are beyond good enough to be playing on an Indie radio station or an MTV reality show right now. Lead singer James Friley’s classical piano training adds a unique twist to this alternative CD, especially in songs like “Night Kite Flite,” a take on a traditional waltz using drums and guitar.
The band’s use of the organ and various borderline-scary sounds combined with occasionally silly lyrics create a dark playfulness on some tracks while others are insightful and seem almost urgent. “Fall, In A Shade of Red” is an unexpected track and is very unique, not to mention catchy in all the right ways, and the “Unknown Bonus Track” could easily put Wilco out of their job of supplying Volkswagen with songs for commercials.
These guys are serious musicians that definitely still know how to have fun with their music and at their shows. Songs like “Wasn’t Here,” “Western” and “Death of a Harlequin” prove that Bedtime is just as good as anyone else out there, only better.
release date: Friday, June 22, 2007