This young band out of Lafayette, Louisiana—one of this year’s buzz bands at SXSW—is clearly inspired by late-sixties pop. Their single “People Want To Be Happy” seems to draw direct inspiration from The Beatles’ later numbers like “Honey Pie” and “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” while “Miniature Day Parade” brings back memories of psychedelic-era Beach Boys.
Brass Bed—Jonny Campos (guitar), Christiaan Mader (vocals and guitar), Andrew Toups (keyboards) and Peter Dehart (bass)—has its beginnings with experimentalism in the studio. They reportedly once used an electric toothbrush to create the sound of a drum, while guitarist Campos frequently uses a cello bow on his pedal steel guitar to create a whole new array of sounds in the same manner Jimmy Page did in the seventies with his Gibson Les Paul. The band hits Chicago this week on tour in support of its new release “Melt White.” (Ernest Barteldes)
April 4 at Pancho’s Cafeteria, 2200 North California, (773)772-7811, 8pm.