Looking at the album cover, BDRMM's sound is as dreamy reverb heavy and ridiculously cool as you might expect. The man behind the music, Ryan the creator, talks all sorts. We hear about everything from the great city of Hull to the disappointment of a DIIV live performance. Shall we?
The inspiration is reflected in the music. In the guitar strum. The vocals. The chords progressions. The attitude. Ryan Smith, AKA BDRMM, has just released his debut EP (premiered right here on Third Outing) entitled Crike, and though it is a 'Bedroom Pop' record, the songs are precisely crafted, fueled with only the most fitting shimmering guitars and hazy vocals.
Almost every track on this record has its own this-sounds-exactly-like-this-influence personality. Middle Of The EP = Real Estate. Everything and Days Off = DIIV. Cabbage (Hi) and Sunshine Girl = Captured Tracks style tunes. But Ryan's personality manages to guarantee originality, instead simply recreating the "chord structures and the laid back effortlessness" that feeds from his main influences but with his own style. That's the difference between being influenced by and ripping off. A good 'Bedroom Pop' record, so let's find out more about the maverick behind BDRMM.
"Doing BDRMM by myself, I can completely make the music I want to make, and never have to limit myself to deadlines, literally just have free reign to make what I want"
Hello Ryan AKA BDRMM. How's life in Hull?
Yeah life's always good In Hull, had some sweet gigs and festivals happening around recently, and coming up (Genghar, Eagulls, JAWS, Teleman, Mystery Jets) so can't complain, weather is getting bleak though man!
How did all of this start for you?
Well I'd been in bands before, but feel like doing BDRMM by myself, I can completely make the music I wanna make, and never have to limit myself to deadlines, literally just have free reign to make what I want.
What's your favourite part of Crike EP?
Definitely the cover art, I asked my mate Jake if he fancied doing me some artwork and within a few hours, sent me the weird spectacle that is the cover, and I instantly loved it.
Listening to the song Eveything there's something we want to ask. Are you a fan of DIIV?
Ha! Yeah I am, saw DIIV earlier this year and was pretty disappointed really, Zach (lead singer) kept crying on stage and made the whole show feel a bit awkward and ruined my expectations, but still a bare fan of their recorded work, Oshin especially, and yeah I'm pretty fond of Captured Tracks releases, Mac Demarco obviously, Wild Nothing, Dum Dum Girls, what's not to love?
With Demarco...nothing!! Okay, one story which epitomises BDRMM...
Well I never actually planned on even starting BDRMM, it sort of just happened when I started making daft instrumentals in my room after listening to Washed Out for a good few hours, and then I ended up making the music for Sunshine Girl one day, and then the lyrics just seemed to come so naturally, that I thought "I reckon I could actually make some proper songs" and like 2 weeks later, I had an EP's worth of finished songs. I dunno if that even answers that question, but nothing was ever planned, but I'm really glad I wrote Sunshine Girl because non of anything else would have happened without it.
You're sighting Sunshine Girl. What record from another band changed your life in music?
Radiohead's In Rainbows definitely is one of my stand out 'life-changing' albums because it's just so so perfect, there isn't one song on their that I wouldn't class as flawless perfection. But it terms of music that I feel has influenced me on the BDRMM project, it's got to be Real Estate Days, I just love the melodies, chord structures and the laid back effortlessness that seems to come from it.