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#9 Bedford Grove – Welcome to Our Side of Town

June 2, 2008

Occasionally a band steps up in the local music scene and blows your mind. Bedford Grove is that band. Their 11 track Welcome to Our Side of Town is easily one of the best albums I’ve heard in the last couple years. Between high production value and Marc Gould’s (aka Bedford Nelson) slick songwriting, this indie debut compares easily to major label veterans.

Musically, Welcome to Our Side of Town is what Jason Mraz would have sounded like had he busted his chops in a jazzier, funkier music scene. Driven by electric piano, drums and bass and supported by a two man horn section Bedford Grove kicks out 11 strong tracks that will have you toe tapping from beginning to end. In the opener, “Whispers in the Rain”, the band wastes no time in establishing themselves as a musical force and in “SkAt”, the dueling vocal melodies keep the listener’s ears piqued and curious for what will happen next. On “Devil Child” the horns dial in a little

As the album continues with tracks like “Annie”, “Robots Just Like You” and “Teenage Suicide”, Bedford Grove moves beyond the upbeat and sexy and shows some serious lyrical maturity and musical flexibility, and while the album’s closer, “Chicago”, has a different vibe than the rest of the album, it tells a story and manages to tie in beautifully to the overall concept.

I had the pleasure of seeing Bedford Grove at Anthology back at the end of April. On top of Welcome to Our Side of Town being one of the most refreshing albums I’ve heard in awhile, Bedford Grove’s live show was a top notch entertainer. The band has a great stage presence (my personal favorite was bassist Bash Culver’s constant marching) and audience interaction. If you get the opportunity, definitely check these guys (and girl) out. They’re a great live band and would make for perfect date night entertainment. Their next show will be at House of Blues San Diego on June 19th.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ralphie Alfonso permalink
    June 2, 2008 6:30 pm

    Bedford Grove is the sh#t mang!

  2. June 2, 2008 7:35 pm

    I’ve been following these guys since they were just starting up (well maybe a little after) and as their semi official photographer I’ve been to most of their shows.

    The band members have an amazing connection, and can make any size venue sound amazing. Whether you see them at Soma, QUalcomm Concerts on the Green, or the house of blues, every show is top notch.

    Their album shows so much variety and songwriting skill, although in my opinion they need to be seen live to truly be appreciated.

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