You’ll know if you follow Backseat Mafia with any great regularity that we go weak at the knees for anything by underrated, undiscovered in many ways, indie rock band Bradford. The latest little gem to be taken from ‘Bright Hours’, the bands first album in over 30 years (out on February 19th), is My Wet Face.
Of the track, frontman Ian H says “My Wet Face is an ‘up’ song dealing with a ‘down’ subject – the essential existential dilemma that absolutely nothing material can be held onto in any meaningful way. It’s about the pain of life where essentially our memory is the only thing that can comfort us with recollections of beautiful moments, or even painful ones which have been somewhat assuaged by the passing of time.”
It’s assured, melodic indie rock, with more than a hint of the Elvis Costello about it, not just in the contours of Ians vocal, but also in the clever way he uses (and always has) words and phrases to tell stories in such a beautifully descriptive way. It that doesn’t get you, then the delicious melody will.
It’s accompanied by a video made up of trinkets and memories from the bands past. Essential viewing for us long term admirers. Check it out, here