Bedhead – Macha Loved Bedhead Bedhead Loved Macha EP

Bedhead
Macha Loved Bedhead Bedhead Loved Macha EP

It often happens in rock where the members of two bands will become friends. When they have similar styles of music, you might get common tours or maybe even a split release. It’s possible that some members will even contribute to the others’ recordings. Of course, it’s very seldom that one band will actually fall in love with another. But Macha, well, they and Bedhead just gaw-darnit love each other. And this is the result of their union of love.
Macha and Bedhead both play relatively similar styles of indie pop/rock. While Bedhead may focus a bit on the calmer, softer side and Macha on the rock side, it seems a natural that these two bands should work together. Matt and Bubba Kadane of Bedhead sent songs in progress – consisting mainly of drums and guitars but leaving plenty of holes – to their friends, Joshua and Mischo McKay of Macha in 1999. And Macha kindly filled in the gaps with their own unique stylings, creating a hodgepodge of beautiful indie pop songs that likely never would have come about by either band on their own.
“You and New Plastic” starts things off with a very light, tinkly percussion over a very dark and somewhat heavy background ambience. The vocals are breathy and airy, making this whole song take on texture and feeling of its own as it flows nearly perfectly. “Never Underdose” is a thing of life and beauty of its own, starting off slow and somber and slowly picking up. The drums don’t even kick in until 3 minutes, letting the plinking guitars and keyboard effects go on their own. The lyrics themselves don’t come in until the 4:20 mark, and they’re echoed and distorted so they are barely discernable, more of an additional instrument that adds to the lofty and atmospheric feel of this song. “Hey Goodbye” is a bit less atmospheric but no less lovely. In fact, it has a bittersweet loveliness in its intricate pop style, and it definitely is the most lovely and well-crafted song here. “Only the Bodies Survive” is perhaps the darkest song on the album, exuding desperation behind its somber, twinkly structure and the wash of keyboard effects. And then, after 80 five-second bits of odd noises (name, which is odd enough, “How Are Your Windows?”), you have a cover of Cher’s “Believe.” Ok, it sounds stupid, but this cover is far better than the original. It’s slowed down, and it uses the sound of dialing a phone as the main instrument. This, I swear, is what this song was intended to sound like.
After all these songs came about but before the release of this split EP, Bedhead split up, hence the “Loved” designation in the album title. That’s unfortunate, because I could see a lot of collaboration in these bands’ futures. Still, you’re left with substantial quality work by both bands and one split work, composed out of love and an equal collaboration, that these bands can use to remember each other and we can use just to enjoy.