Psychedelic Indie Pop (Lafayette, La.)
Brass Bed is one of those rare bands that wear their influences like a skin graft rather than an interchangeable fashion accessory. Very few Indie Pop bands (Jellyfish, The Shins, Dawes, The 88, eels) have so effectively channeled their myriad and massively cool inspirations through a transformative contemporary filter to arrive at an amazingly unique sonic conclusion. Brass Bed’s sophomore album, Melt White, is overflowing with the engaging orchestral Pop of The Move, the Roots Pop of Alex Chilton and the all-encompassing wonder of The Beatles (particularly the light/dark tension between Lennon and McCartney), and all of it shellaced with a brilliant polyurethane coat of right now.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: The dancehall Pop of the Kinks played on The Beatles’ AM radio, taped by Big Star and beamed into the future by alien technology. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)
~ "If a band could consciously choose their own influences (amazingly, many bands can’t help what their influences are), it would be wise to pick something in the late 60’s/early 70’s. This is arguably the greatest, and coolest period in popular music and offers one of the deepest pools of inspiration to draw from. The five-piece outfit from Louisiana, known as Brass Bed, hit the jackpot, big time, in terms of influences. Listening to their songs is like listening to a glossier version of Big Star’s #1 Record or even, dare I say it, Sgt. Peppers. Their music strikes a healthy balance between accessible and experimental, much like the groups that influenced them; however this is hardly a throwback band – Brass Bed takes the elements of 60’s pop and takes a promising step forward with their own interpretation." (mySpoonful)