BEDFORD FALLS: Send More Bees: LP/CD

Bloody hell, it’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since Bedford Falls released its last album, the wonderful Elegant Balloons. That is a lifetime to many bands, but Send More Bees is just the third long player in sixteen years from this Welsh-based outfit. The wait is worth it though, as the intervening years have seen the band add a touch of Americana into its work, to sit neatly alongside the undeniable influence of Superchunk and Hüsker Dü. The big guitar sound still resonates loudly whilst cymbals crash noisily, but it’s frequently countered by a dose of melancholy via Tom Willecome’s vocals. Another wonderful collection of songs. –Rich Cocksedge (Boss Tuneage, [email protected], bosstuneage.com / Brassneck, brassneckrecords.bigcartel.com / Dead Broke, [email protected], deadbrokerecords.com)