So last night I went to the Night beds at The Trinity Centre, which is one of those venues in the shell of an old church right at the bottom of Old Market. This was a long overdue visit by the band considering they were originally due to play the humble surroundings of the Louisiana, which they had decided to postpone in favour of playing on Jules Holland.
The band first came to my attention with the release of their debut album American Sleeps which was released earlier in the year, all the way back in February. The album came out on Bella Union records which is a label perfectly fitting for band like Night Beds, because the specialise in doing big melodic folk twinged alternative Americana.
What made the band really stand out was the strength of the songs delivered with Winston Yellens distinctive high lined voice, drawing reference’s to a cross diversity to number artists like Neil Young, Crosby Stills and Nash through to the likes of Nick Drake and Gillian Welsch among a rich multi layered tapestry of singers. Much like fellow label mates Villagers each song feels like it has a very personal message attached to it.
Last night they battled with a mixture of sparse attendance, various sound issues and a very enthusiastic but overly chatty young couple who even talked over some of the most poignient moments of the set, a number of times I had to tell them to quieten down and I tried to ignore them even though what they were saying was possitive it did jarr on the distracting side.
But still there were some moments of pure gold, The beautiful songs like Ramona and Even If We Try, which was a real highlight of the set, because displays the true sensitivity in both Winston’s voice and lyrical style. Ultimately for me this band bring a warmth in their sound like Bright Eye’s longing for Summer whilst lumping along the National in the background and the whist-fullness of Wilco. They are band who will have a long prolonged and slow burning success if they every get into the populist parrapet.