MELLOW BELLOW, Best Dog Award
311 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ, 85701
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
This event is 18 and over
It's difficult to say where Night Beds begins, but it could be here: August 2006, a young Winston Yellen is invited to a longtime friend's apartment. They talk, they record a little aimlessly, and something exciting emerges. Maybe it's a little later, when one is studying engineering in Nashville, and the other remains behind, an unhappy captive of secondary education. It could be any number of moments, really, along a series of migrations, but probably here: the summer of 2008, back in Colorado Springs, when they write the first Night Beds song, "You Were Afraid."
God knows that we try to do the best we can
After that there is a lot of time spent in basements, a lot of alcohol, a lot of irreverent tuning, but not all that much need for talk. Most things are shared, understood: in thin mountain air, or in a waterlogged summer atmosphere, there can be a sense that breathing is effortful, that sleep is easy but not restful. The songs that come out of those first few years, collected on three EPs (Night Beds, Every fire; Every joy, and Hide From It), are an exercise in catharsis. They're deeply ringing things, washed in whiskey. The sound is like something emergent from a tunnel. It may be the red eye of a cigarette in the dark, or it may be the dawn peeking out.
Somewhere we might find softer light
"It was never thought. It just was always what felt good." So the songs come together over acoustic guitars, over the first skeletal melodies, and then they grow. Yellen's voice takes on a pure kind of thirst when wrapped in the sonic landscapes he devises. It's searching. It's taken several years to map everything out, but after a hiatus spent driving the deserts and prairies and coastal roads of the United States, sleeping in a hatchback or on friendly couches - after a long time spent alone - Night Beds has found a home in Nashville. Soon it will see the release of Country Sleep, a full-length album in the spirit of the vagabond, in the winding path to a place of good rest.
Best Dog Award
Best Dog Award is a lovable, fuzzy, surf-ish rock three-piece with driving progressions and perfectly matched tones. The band conveys the complex landscape of their music with apparent ease in a light, resonant and enjoyable way. With such an honest sound and endearing charisma, Best Dog Award finds their way into your heart through your ears--so quickly, in fact, that you may not even notice they're there so comfortably until they offer you some Pizza Rolls and hand you the N64 controller telling you it's your turn. Best Dog Award paints murals with their music like that of Jackson Pollock might approach a canvas. Some strokes seem meticulous, others frivolous; some violent, and others almost invisibly gentle. Throughout, BDA's candid delivery is true to the art of creativity, a true delight to see and experience live.