For the slowcore completists among you, the Numero Group have compiled every dejected Bedhead mumble and guitar gesture into one CD boxset, under the not-so-inventive but apt title '1992-1998'. This is essential for fans of minimal, understated indie rock with guitars that swim in the mud the way Unwound and Slint did.
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- 1992-1998 by Bedhead
10/10 Daniel Customer review, 24th April 2015
"That time in my life" or "those hard couple of months" are phrases you hear people say now and again. Be it the financial worry of adulthood or the coming of age anxiety of your youth, we have all had "that year". It's the year where everything falls apart or everything stops moving and you wonder what the hell you have done with your life. For myself it was a time from my late teens going on to my early twenties, unemployed, unenthused and uncertain on whether I was ever going to really move on.
It doesn't snow often where I live but when it does its a cause for celebration for some and a begrudging chore for others. Personally I adore winter and snow just cements that contemplative atmosphere you get when its around you, especially with the right music. So in a winter, in my late teens going onto early twenties I was on a bus passing horses in coats, covered in snow. The forestry around was awe inspiring and then The Present by Bedhead played. "That time in my life" was then, "those hard couple of years" were in full swing.
Of course I mention these phrases but usually they are preceded by "that band got me though..." and for certain Bedhead got me through that time. The Present by Bedhead playing in my ear, the horses in coats and the trees covered in snow, I realised everything was going to be all right. Everything was going to be OK.
So far I havent even reviewed the boxset and honestly I would struggle to, Bedhead may be critically acclaimed by the press and ignored by even the most underground music elitists, but by the fans who actually listened to their music, they are one of the greatest bands with one of the most understated, personal and contemporary styles around.
I won't bother trying to talk about the music to be honest because if you know of Bedhead you already know, they also got you through those years and everything turned out OK.
It's surreal this boxset exists because frankly I remember joking for years "imagine if Bedhead got a boxset, with a book about the band, collecting all the photos we never got to see, exluding that one you always see and they always use" and I cannot believe it actually happened. This boxset is a celebration of those hard times everyone has, which sounds strange but I wouldn't have it any other way, because Bedhead are just that beautiful and this boxset is the best collection of anything I own.
With Bedhead, everything will be OK because they are so much more than OK.
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