Fortunate Some is the second official studio release from CT bass and drum heavy psyche duo Bedroom Rehab Corporation. Adam Wujtewicz (bass/vocals) and Meghan Killimade (drums) have recorded four new doom laced rock songs and have put much more emphasis on melody and spacey exploration this time around. Sledgehammer riffing, loud-quiet-loud arrangements, and violent noise are all still integral pieces of the BRC arsenal -- only now the ideas are given more time to develop and are sonically more expressive. Fortunate Some clocks in at just under 30 minutes allowing each song to encompass more ideas, stretch farther away from standard rock arrangements and create a more cohesive product overall. Once again calling on the team made up of recording engineer Justin Pizzoferrato (Witch, Elder, Black Pyramid) and mastering engineer Carl Saff (Big Business, Earthless, Lo-Pan) the production, like the songs, is bigger, darker and heavier.
Even though the songs are still based on riff worship and contain torrents of fuzz, the saturated low end isn’t constant; it comes and goes like a hammer striking an anvil. The additions of droning noise and ambient effects give Fortunate Some a paranoid and seething atmosphere that pushes BRC to a different plane of heavy. Killimade’s mercurial drumming is heated and cooled by the song’s varied dynamics but always puts thunder behind the fog that BRC creates. The vocals pull far more weight here than in previous releases -- Wujtewicz’s voice is a 3 headed monster of somber melody, forceful shouts and throat ripping screams. This added focus allows the quieter bass tracks to create texture and enhance mood instead of carrying the melody.
Fortunate Some was released on Saturday October 3, 2015. The EP was recorded and mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab in Easthampton, MA in January 2015 and was mastered by Carl Saff / Saff Mastering in Chicago, IL. Cover art is by Boston artist Liz Walshak and insert photos were taken by Sheree Sirpenski Photography.
The EP is a vinyl only pressing and is also available digitally. Limited to 300 copies, the 12", 180 gram vinyl is colored transparent fuchsia-purple with a grey haze. Vinyl orders can be made through the band's Bandcamp page. Preorders began Tuesday July 28 and coincided with the premiere of the music video for the single "When All You've Got is a Hammer" via The Obelisk. You can view the video on YouTube here.
1. Riddles of Wind and Time
2. When All You've Got is a Hammer
3. Giants in the Ice
4. The Serpent, The Smiler
October 3, 2015
What they're saying:
"This was easily my best new discovery of 2015. Heavy, groovy, thunderous and pleasing in every aspect. Bedroom Rehab Corp pulled off an absolute blinder with Fortunate Some and have me itching for full length in 2016".
(#2 on The Burning Beard's Best Releases of 2015)
-Jay Hooke, The Burning Beard (January 4, 2016)
"Bedroom Rehab Corporation have clearly gained a firmer grasp on their sound, on the kind of band they want to be, on the atmospheres they want to convey and on the force with which they want to convey them. The fact that they returned to producer Justin Pizzoferrato, who also helmed Red over Red, and tracked at the same studio — Sonelab, in Easthampton, Massachusetts — only further conveys the progression they’ve made sound-wise. And in terms of presentation, Fortunate Some arrives as a pro-pressed 180g 12″ vinyl in gorgeous purple and gray swirl to match the Liz Walshak (Sea, ex-Rozamov) artwork’s weighted vibe. I like a CD as much as the next guy — probably more — but the uptick in professionalism all around is noteworthy, and since it comes coupled with the best songwriting Bedroom Rehab Corporation have yet proffered, it’s all the more welcome......The symmetry of the EP I suppose is another aspect one could look at as evidence of how far Bedroom Rehab Corporation have come in two years (they started in 2008, restarted in 2011, but still, thinking of the time since the debut’s release), but if anything, it’s a symptom of the larger refinement of focus on display across the board with Fortunate Some, which seems to build even as it tears down."
(#9 on The Obelisk's Top Short Releases of 2015)
- JJ Kozcan, The Obelisk (December 3, 2015)
"When the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake, just look that big ol' storm right square in the eye and say: "Give me your best shot, I can take it.""
I think this best describes Fortunate Some by BRC. Presented in killer artwork and pressed onto a superb slab of wax, this, is not be missed! Hail! ☩
- DHU Records (Netherlands)
"Fortunate Some is a very welcome surprise in a year of quality doom. The duo have obvious chemistry with each member critical to the success of the other. They're subtly dynamic, shaping atmosphere when called for and bludgeoning when you need it. They have a way of shifting the sonic focus between themselves so the listener always has someone to love. I can't recommend this enough. Honest, dynamic, psychedelic and forceful doom from two individuals who obviously live and breathe for their art".
- Matt Hinch, Kingdom of Noise (October 17, 2015)
"...their songs are surprisingly hooky for a genre not always known for its hooks. Wujtewicz’s vocals run the gamut from a smooth baritone to evil snarls, and his more melodious lines add a great deal of catchiness to songs like the lead single ‘When All You’ve Got is a Hammer.’ The band’s overall sound is very much uniquely theirs; you shouldn’t find yourself looking for a better version of this band, because there isn’t another band that pins this sound down quite the way these two can. The territory they occupy is certainly familiar, and if you’ve wandered it before you probably won’t hear much on Fortunate Some that will surprise you, but songs are all good enough that it doesn’t matter. It is clear in both a live and studio setting that this pair has incredible musical chemistry, and at some point this musical secret from New England will be discovered by the rest of the world. Let Fortunate Some be your much-needed introduction to the duo, because these riffs need to be heard."
- John McLaughlin, Echoes and Dust (October 13, 2015)
"BRC are simplicity incarnate, and living proof that you don't have to over complicate things in order to create something absolutely bone shakingly stellar. Somewhat reminiscent of early Sleep, the slow, thundering waves of riffs, intoxicating drum beats and vocals that sound like they were recorded by being bellowed into a Nordic valley all cumulate into, for my money, the best EP I've heard this year... by quite a margin! Heavy and haunting in equal measure, Fortunate Some may only be 4 tracks in length but it still manages to take you on an unprecedented trip through a number of genres. Flexing their artistic muscles Adam and Meghan are able to amalgamate doom, stoner rock, psych, acid rock and even a touch of space rock into one place before promptly stomping them all into one bloody, speaker destroying slab of beauty. It's seldom a predominantly doom album is particularly catchy in nature, but somehow BRC have managed to hit this nail square on the head. If you don't find yourself driving along listening to this EP at some point roaring the lyrics "When all you've got is a hammer!" at the top of your lungs while thumping your steering wheel, then, well you're pretty much dead inside. Go over to their bandcamp page and pick up a copy of the EP now! It's an absolute beast of a recording, and is guaranteed to push your rig to near breaking point!"
- Jay Hooke, The Burning Beard (October 12, 2015)
"...then I received this 12″ beast. Bedroom Rehab Corporation, never heard from this duo before but when I heard their “When All You’ve Got is a Hammer” via BandCamp, I was sold. Damn, if you have a tune titled like that one, you can’t go wrong. This EP is a great mixture of doom, heavy, stoner etc. Aaaahhhh.. NIce one and still available via duo’s BandCamp site if you are interested of using hammer.. in other words, recommended one.
- Mugwumb's Vinyl Diaries (October 10, 2015)
"BRC is an infectious two-piecer from New London that we kind of "grew up" with here at Doomed & Stoned. It's been a joy to see Adam and Meghan carefully craft their sound, which has the most deliciously filthy riffage juxtaposed with sweet and sour vocals. "When All You've Got is a Hammer" is a powerful doom anthem that makes you want to raise your fist and bang your head. I look forward to pouring into 'Fortunate Some' (2015) - and I must say, the vinyl is scrumptious looking! Liz Walshak did a magnificent job of capturing the spirit of the record through the album art. Recommended!"
-BillyGoat, Doomed & Stoned (October 6, 2015)
“Fortunate Some” is magnificent in its power, and the quartet of tunes — expansive in their structural blueprints and averaging about seven minutes in length — are as relentless and menacing as a lava flow through a cemetery. The refrains in “Riddles of Wind and Time” and “When All You’ve Got is a Hammer” will absolutely burrow into your brain and hang around awhile in the grand fashion of Alice in Chains’ “Would” or Ozzy wailing “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. No matter what fog of sound or gut-slawing bass figures Wujtewicz churns out, it’s perfectly anchored by Killimade’s rhythmic patterns — and check out the EP-closing “The Serpent, The Smiler” for a stunning example of their umbilical connection.
"Bedroom Rehab Corporation is set to independently release their new four-song EP, Fortunate Some, and for fans of their debut album, 2013’s Red Over Red, there’s a lot to like here. The crown jewel of this beast is the track “When All You’ve Got is a Hammer” which really showcases this band’s ability to write head-bobbing, catchy-as-hell, doom metal. It’s the type of track you’ll be singing the chorus to for hours on end and would be worth the purchase as a stand alone track, yet luckily we are gifted three other worthy additions".
- Chip McCabe, Metalinsider (October 2, 2015)
"Fortunate Some isn’t a complete departure from the band’s previous sound, but it’s fuzzier in tone and more brooding and atmospheric in structure. The song lengths reflect this new exploration; while Red Over Red’s songs hovered in the four-minute area, the shortest on Fortunate Some is nearly six minutes. The danger in doom is that songs go on and on and on, and everybody goes outside for a beer and stays there. But I’ll bet BRC doesn’t have that problem at their shows — Wujtewicz and Killimade keep it interesting by alternating eerie softness and ambient noise with thunderous builds that propel the music forward. The single “When All You’ve Got is a Hammer” is a perfect example of this."
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