Some bands who take on a seafaring thematic prefer to embroil listeners in a tidal sway of overwhelming tone. Most, in fact. For New London, Connecticut, bass/drum duo Bedroom Rehab Corporation, however, the idea is different. The twosome’s self-released full-length debut, Red over Red, offers a more sonically diverse attack, far less beholden to genre and more driven by a nascent, still-coalescing individualized sensibility.
Take, for example, “S.O.S. (Son of Siren),” as it departs from the full-toned heavy rock push of the preceding “Basilosaurus” in favor of an ambient, wandering build that only gives some hint of the kick-in to come for how held together it is by drummer Meghan Killimade. Joined in the band by bassist/vocalist Adam Wujtewicz, Killimade proves no less able than her counterpart to affect a change in atmosphere across the course of the album. Whether it’s the repurposed Zeppelin stomp of “Caught in the Bite”‘s open-room feel or the ’90s-style crunch of the subsequent “Splice the Main Brace,” Red over Red works in a vaster array of colors than its title might indicate.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Justin Pizzoferrato (Elder, Black Pyramid, Dinosaur Jr.), it’s still very much a first album, and one expects that through future songwriting the band’s sound will continue to build its cohesion from many of the elements cast out in this material, but even so, Bedroom Rehab Corporation construct a flow befitting their theme over the course of these 12 tracks that take listeners from “Low Tide” to “High Tide,” and the variety within winds up being one of the core appeals.
It’s with the thinking that someone might stumble on one of the cuts in the playlist and want to investigate further that I decided to make Bedroom Rehab Corporation the Add of the Week for The Obelisk Radio, though of course if you’re not feeling quite that spontaneous, you can just check Red over Red out on the player below, snagged from their Bandcamp page: