Night Beds

Fuel/Friends Blog presents

Night Beds

Modern Inventors, Glowing House

Wed, February 13, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


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This event is 21 and over

Night Beds
Night Beds
It's difficult to say where Night Beds begins, but it could be here: August 2006, a young Winston Yellen is invited to a longtime friend's apartment. They talk, they record a little aimlessly, and something exciting emerges. Maybe it's a little later, when one is studying engineering in Nashville, and the other remains behind, an unhappy captive of secondary education. It could be any number of moments, really, along a series of migrations, but probably here: the summer of 2008, back in Colorado Springs, when they write the first Night Beds song, "You Were Afraid."
God knows that we try to do the best we can
After that there is a lot of time spent in basements, a lot of alcohol, a lot of irreverent tuning, but not all that much need for talk. Most things are shared, understood: in thin mountain air, or in a waterlogged summer atmosphere, there can be a sense that breathing is effortful, that sleep is easy but not restful. The songs that come out of those first few years, collected on three EPs (Night Beds, Every fire; Every joy, and Hide From It), are an exercise in catharsis. They're deeply ringing things, washed in whiskey. The sound is like something emergent from a tunnel. It may be the red eye of a cigarette in the dark, or it may be the dawn peeking out.
Somewhere we might find softer light
"It was never thought. It just was always what felt good." So the songs come together over acoustic guitars, over the first skeletal melodies, and then they grow. Yellen's voice takes on a pure kind of thirst when wrapped in the sonic landscapes he devises. It's searching. It's taken several years to map everything out, but after a hiatus spent driving the deserts and prairies and coastal roads of the United States, sleeping in a hatchback or on friendly couches - after a long time spent alone - Night Beds has found a home in Nashville. Soon it will see the release of Country Sleep, a full-length album in the spirit of the vagabond, in the winding path to a place of good rest.
Modern Inventors
Modern Inventors
Modern Inventors have devised their own unique musical niche in a staggeringly short amount of time, but Matt Kass and Josh Benus are not in the business of cheap thrills. The Philadelphia-based duo, whose debut album "Trains & Aeroplanes" will be self-released in December 2012, craft songs as if they were pieces of abstract art that patiently blossom into view; carefully rendered arrangements, heartbreaking harmonies and dense turns of phrases slowly creep up into the foreground upon repeated listens. The single "Hello," for instance, is an ode to suburban teenage angst inspired by acclaimed American painter Eric Fischl. "Goodbye Northbrook Drive" segues a rustic folk composition into a massive crescendo that prods at feelings of emotional paralysis. And then there's the group's pop-infused cover of Paul McCartney's "Every Night" — which has earned praise from Macca himself.
Glowing House
Glowing House
Glowing House is a Denver-based folk-rock band piloted by husband-and-wife duo Steve Varney and Jess Parsons. The band makes thoughtful, intricate, and fun music, which has led to blogs and publications using phrases like “hauntingly-hopeful” and “raw beauty” to describe their sound. Settled in a firm belief that songs are awesome, Glowing House writes, records, and performs unique music that will stay on your mind.

“We like sad songs that sound happy and happy songs that sound sad.” – Jess Parsons

“I know we’re a married folk duo, but you won’t hear a bunch of love songs. Love songs tend to suck.” – Steve Varney
Venue Information:
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209