words and interview by Shabnam Ferdowsi
Bedbugs is our resident band this month, so I'm really excited to premiere their next single,"Like The Earth"! The trio from Thousand Oaks has added a fourth member on the guitar, and changed up their vibes by moving from recording in their garage to a drum studio. They recorded this track with Jake Munk from Hunny who brought in his own vision for the song to make this sound like the Bedbugs crew got remixed into a different playlist. It's rhythmic like adrenaline and synthetic like the dancefloor, but it's still as raw as any band who's used to playing loud in their suburban garage. Singer Alex Johnson's lyrics pull at your heartstrings as always though, and remind you what it's like being human. I'm loving seeing their sound evolve right now, and I can't wait to see what more is coming next.
I got the chance to ask frontman Alex Johnson some questions about the new sounds. Take a listen to "Like The Earth" and peep his answers below:
The Bedbugs sound is evolving. Was this an active decision or something that just started naturally happening? Are there new artists who’ve been inspiring you?
I feel like this is something a lot of people are curious to know whenever a band modifies their sound, and it has definitely been natural for us. We are always listening to and discovering new music. With influence from the outside world, the way your brain works is totally switched up. When you hear a new song that really gets you going, that affects the "creative process" whether or not you're aware that it happens.
Plus, Bedbugs kind of started as a side-project when I was in another band, so the sound started to have some variation once it was a main focus.
What was it like working with Jake from Hunny on this? What did he bring to this track you wouldn’t have originally brought on your own?
Working with Jake was really cool - I think he really saw something in Bedbugs and he took us out of our comfort zones. That's what makes for a great song and a great recording - uncharted territory. We actually recorded Like the Earth months before we recorded our previous single, You Think You Know Me. Before we recorded this song, the only recordings we had of our band were done in a garage - so you can imagine the drastic difference in sound and vibe when we decided to move into a drum studio and then a bedroom for this song.
What's the Bedbugs vibe like these days ?
Bedbugs' vibe? What's it like? These days? I don't even know, man. I get my personal daily vibes from @whatsmyvibe on Twitter. Very underrated account.
Just listen to this song and accept some Valentine's Day vibes. Someone out there is thinking about you and it's probably not me.
Check out Bedbugs around LA this month at one of their upcoming shows!