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Album Review

The first thing you notice about this Pittsburgh indie quartet's second LP (to go with an EP, all three on drummer Sean Finn's Polar) is their preternaturally tight rhythm section. As precise and busy as a math-rock band, their pinpoint accuracy and percussive nervousness is rarely seen in such a upfront melodic group, let alone one this low-flame slow-boil in its textures. Together with tightly plucked guitars (occasionally far away-sounding, like ‘80s For Against and the Chameleons' Reg Smithies' parts), they forge a sound that's hastening at its base but restrained and full of clarity at its shell. Factor in Bill Merante's nicely throaty vocals (think Elbow's Guy Garvey) and singalong songs such as "Far from You" and "Under the Lights," and you grow more impressed. Highly ear-catching, catchy, and artfully engaging, Life is Bed is anything but naptime.


Formed: 2001 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Deriving their name from a fateful combination of magnetic poetry words, Pittsburgh, PA's Life in Bed formed in 2001 with ex-Manifold Splendour members Sean Finn, Bill Merante, Craig Svitek, and David Horn. The latter left the group early on, just before Life in Bed recorded their debut album, and was replaced by bassist Christopher James. Two Point Perspective came out on Polar Recordings in 2003; it revealed a band whose melodramatic vocals and bombastic guitar stylings nodded to influences like...
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