words by Shabnam Ferdowsi
Beating Lights' first band residency is over and my month with Bedbugs has come to an end. The process began when I sat in on one of their rehearsals 4 weeks ago in their Thousand Oaks garage. Right off the bat, I was taken in to a place where a band is at their most raw, most intimate. The rehearsal is a place for the band only, so hearing them chat about where they want to take their music next and getting to hear songs so new only Alex knew the words was a pretty rad experience. They care a lot of the band, and with time seem to be even more dedicated to it. What started off as Alex's side project where he'd play some tunes in his bedroom with his pal Kevin has become his main creative outlet where he's putting every waking hour (once he gets home from work, of course) into it.
I am so thankful to them for letting me test the waters out of this idea on them! I had some plans going in, but once February hit, it all went in the air and mostly I had to wing it. We're all busy human beings and it's hard to judge our time correctly. This whole process involves giving bands a lot of my own time, and in return asking for a lot of theirs. Any kind of relationship is a two-way street, and I can only hope that all the bands I work with on this series want to spend time with me as much as I want to spend time with them!
Anyway, I had so much fun this month. When Bedbugs took over my Snapchat one weekend it felt like I could get a glimpse into Alex's mind a tiny, tiny bit straight on my Story. When we hung out in the green room before their show at The Hi Hat, we drank beers and talked about stuff, like why on earth I went to college. They each made me a killer playlist, and one night we all suffered though a mildly painful stand-up comedy show.
So the first band residency on Beating Lights is over, and I think it's safe to say it was a success!
Take a peek through the various posts I wrote on them in February below, and try to catch them out at a show! They're just four normal dudes who can make you laugh with their quirk, swoon with their cool, and who's music will get your head banging and heart dancing in the pit.