bdrmm follow their hugely acclaimed debut album Bedroom with The Bedroom Tapes, a new seven-track EP rounding up remixes and lockdown live sessions, which is released on October 23. It will be available as a limited-edition white vinyl 12” and black shell cassette, as well as on all digital platforms.
The EP features bare-bones versions of ‘Gush’, ‘A Reason To Celebrate’ and ‘Forget The Credits’ from the album, plus a version of their 2019 single ‘Question Mark’. Recorded at home by the band’s Ryan and Jordan Smith for various radio sessions, these fragile takes expose the feelings that are often obscured by the noise of Bedroom.
“They were recorded over a three-day period at the height of our lockdown anxieties,” explains Jordan. “They are intentionally stripped back and loose, juxtaposing what we set out to do with the album.”
He continues: “We pulled together a small recording studio in my bedroom; there were cables everywhere and it was all quite a mess. As a result, these versions are more reflective of the times they were recorded in: suppressed, uncertain and alone.”
The EP is rounded out with three radical reworkings of songs from Bedroom: Andy Bell’s take on ‘A Reason To Celebrate’ under his GLOK guise, which explores the previously uncharted middle ground between the late Andrew Weatherall and underrated 4AD outfit Ultra Vivid Scene; Ditz’s dynamic deconstruction of ‘If….’; and International Teachers Of Pop’s almost obscenely cheerful ‘de-mix’ of ‘Happy’.
Listen to the Ditz remix of ‘If….’ – BELOW:
bdrmm play their first public live show since January later this month.
They headline the fourth night of the Fast & Bulbous festival, which takes place in the car park at The New Adelphi Club in their hometown of Hull on Sunday, September 27.
Each day is limited to just 48 tickets, due to social distancing restrictions, and bubbles of a maximum of six people apply on-site. There are a handful of tickets available here.
The band recently rescheduled their eagerly anticipated UK tour dates for April and May 2021, and they now play the following:
April 1 – Blackpool – Bootleg Social
April 2 – Nottingham – Chameleon Arts Cafe
April 28 – London – MOTH Club
April 29 – Southampton – Heartbreakers
April 30 – Brighton – The Prince Albert
May 15 – Bristol – Crofters Rights
May 16 – York – The Fulford Arms
May 17 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
May 18 – Glasgow – The Hug And Pint
May 19 – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
May 20 – Birkenhead – Future Yard
May 21 – Manchester – YES Basement
May 22 – Leeds – Belgrave Music Hall