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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Band of the Week

posted by on March 21 at 17:45 PM

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This week’s Band of the Week is Bad Dream Good Breakfast, an orchestral indie rock outfit that you can hear by clicking here.

Every Wednesday, from here on out, we’re going to post a little something about our Band of the Week pick. All us music writers will take turns shifting through the Stranger’s Bands Page to find a favorite (if you don’t have songs posted yet, get on it because you could be next). This week, though, the debuting week is unfortunately lackluster. Bad Dream Good Breakfast never returned my Myspace message or e-mail. Sigh. Perhaps they will soon, especially now that I’ve scolded them in public?

They’re still worth checking out. And for now, here’s what I do know about the band:

*There are 10 people in that photo, but they list 11 (!) people as members of their band—Nick Jones (vox, guitar) Chris Jones (bass), JC Bockman (drums), Brian Kinsella (piano, rhodes, organ, synth), Jeff Grant (guitar, vox), Brittney Williams (vox), Saundrah Humphrey (viola), Ellen McGee (violin), Sheryl Templora (violin), Rachael Beaver (cello), Leif Dalan (synths).

*They’re influenced by Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, the Arcade Fire, and Pinback.

*They released a full-length in January called Nothing Broken, Nothing Damaged.

And here’s what I had to say about them in this week’s Underage column:

…they’re lush and dramatic, and it’s no surprise that their bio says they’re heavily influenced by Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, and Sigur Rós. The song “The Urgency of Nightlife and the Temptations that Come of It” is quite theatrical—the moods shift quickly, thanks to the flourishing strings, pretty piano, and delicate chimes. “Cyclical Story,” another song posted, is darker. It summons a little bit of a Radiohead vibe in the beginning but brightens as it goes on, while still maintaining an undeniable heavy sadness.

If that sounds nice to you, I suggest you check them out. They have a few songs posted at www.thestranger.com/bands.

Bad Dream Good Breakfast are playing the Crocodile tomorrow night with Kate Tucker and M. Bison. It’s six bucks, it starts around 9:30.

UPDATE: BDGB has responded to my e-mail, and an interview is forthcoming. I’ll find out how long it takes them to write their 11-piece, five minute, epic songs, and how the fuck 11 people work out a practice schedule.

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