Bedford Davis is the product of two music school dropouts. The project began in 2002 as a duo comprised of Ethan Armstrong (bass and vocals) and Cheryl Lynn (keyboards and vocals). The pair met while attending New England Conservatory in Boston. Despite their severe personality disorders, they had an idea of assembling a band to perform the songs in 2010. Dan Garrity, a veteran of the Boston punk scene (formerly the drummer in Moki), was recruited to round out the trio.
Bedford Davis’s melodic songs employ abstract lyrics with alternating themes of humor and despair (sometimes simultaneously). Some despise the tunes, while others are irrationally fond of them. The chord changes are often unpredictable. It’s Not That Kind of Party – the band’s first release – has a reverb-laden production style reminiscent of early Beach Boys. There are also elements of The Shins, Weezer, and Beck.
The group recently played at the 10th Annual International Pop Overthrow at Precinct in Somerville, MA; and has played shows in Boston and New York City. [+]