IT’S AN excellent, mouthwatering battle of two very cred, very excellent Yorkshire bands, duking it out.
In the left corner, grapple fans, we have Hull’s bdrmm, the premier
next now generation shoegazers; and over there, representing Heavenly Records, it’s Working Men’s Club, who are in the arena ready with a remix of “Port”, the first new material to come from bdrmm since that ace debut album, Bedroom.
And what do they do? They pull it apart, strand by strand, and turn it into an electroclash trance, ripe with propulsive clatter, mantric vocals lifted and chopped and rendered cyborgian, sending you out to spin on the floor in a basement in Berlin (or Batley; or Beverley).
“I’ve always been very excited about Working Men’s Club and was keen to see how they would mould our vision into their own sound,” says bdrmm singer-guitarist Ryan Smith. “Needless to say, they exceeded any expectations I already had.
“The remix absolutely pops and just when you think it’s over, it hits you harder than before. And it was made in a fucking tour bus? Unreal!”
It’s just the first of a series of remixes of “Port” to drop in the coming months while the band work on their second album.
They’re out on the road, too, are bdrmm, with some shows with esteemed peers and some headlining; those dates are as follows. Guitar brilliance and catharsis guaranteed.
Friday, December 17th, Manchester, O2 Ritz, with The Chameleons;
Thursday, December 23rd, Hull, The New Adelphi Club;
Sunday, January 9th, Bognor Regis, Rockaway Beach Festival;
Tuesday, February 1st, Cork, Cyprus Avenue;
Wednesday, February 2nd, Dublin, Whelan’s;
Thursday, February 3rd, Galway, The Cellar;
Friday, February 4th, Limerick, Kasbah Social Club, and
Saturday, February 26th, Leeds, Dark Arts festival.
Then, supporting Ride on their Nowhere 30th anniversary tour, they’ll be playing:
Thursday, April 21st, Sheffield, Foundry;
Friday, April 22nd Norwich, The Waterfront;
Saturday, April 23rd, Oxford, O2 Academy;
Sunday, April 24th, Bristol, Marble Factory;
Tuesday, April 26th, Glasgow, SWG3;
Wednesday, April 27th, Newcastle, Boiler Shop;
Thursday, April 28th, Manchester, O2 Ritz, and
Friday, April 29th, London, The Roundhouse.
bdrmm’s “Port” (Working Men’s Club Remix) is out now on all digital streaming platforms.