bdrmm – ” Port “

Posted: October 1, 2021 in MUSIC

It is the Hull and Leeds-based band’s first new material since the release of their hugely acclaimed debut album, “Bedroom“, which was hailed as a latter-day shoegaze classic when it came out in July 2020 and ended up in several end of year lists, including a respectable number eight in Rough Trade’s.

Sounding not unlike the Low of Double Negative or Hey What deconstructing The Temptations’ ‘(I Know) I’m Losing You’, ‘Port’ is a much darker hued song; the distorted drones and beats eventually burst into life with frenzied guitar and howls of anguish.

“I think a lot of the music going forward will be a lot, not darker, but coming from a much deeper place than the first album,” explains singer and guitarist Ryan Smith, who points out the influence of Canadian indie-rockers Suuns and Portishead’s ‘Machine Gun’, which half explains the title, which also means ‘any port in a storm’, when someone will use anything for comfort when in a bad situation. 

“‘Port’ was written at the height of addiction,” continues Ryan. “It comes from a place where you know you need to change but feel that you can’t. I wish I could come up with some profound meaning for what this track means, or what it is, but I’d just be lying. I was in a difficult place, and this was the end result.”

bdrmm have recently returned to the stage, playing to huge crowds at festivals including Latitude and End Of The Road. Following the conclusion of their much-delayed UK tour in November, they will head back into the studio to continue work on their second album. 

“I think we’re looking to be delving more into soundscapes,” hints Ryan. “I am so excited to embrace the next chapter of bdrmm. It’s been a fucking tough ride, but one I never want to get off.”

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