Bedroom Walls

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Bedroom Walls
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Bedroom Walls performing live in 2006.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres pop, alternative rock
Years active 2001–07
Past members Adam Samuel Goldman
Melissa Thorne
Julian Gross
Sean Hoffman
Vanessa Kaufman
Kris Canning
Aurisha Smolarski

Bedroom Walls was a melancholic indie-pop band active from 2001–2007 in Los Angeles, CA. It was formed in 2001 by Adam Samuel Goldman (later of Fol Chen) on guitar/vocals, with keyboardist/vocalist Melissa Thorne and drummer Julian Gross (now of Liars).[1] The band released two full-length albums of self-described "Romanticore" music, a genre founded on "staring at the ceiling; sedatives; stale cake for breakfast; sighing too loudly; knowing your ex-girlfriend is happier now."[2] “Some people don’t see any humor in it, but it’s supposed to be a little funny,” Goldman explained in a 2004 interview. "Sad music fails when there isn’t a little bit of absurdity to it or black comedy to it."[3]

After the release of their debut album, I Saw You Coming Back To Me (2003), the lineup expanded to include Vanessa Kaufman (replacing Gross on drums), Sean Hoffman (guitar/glockenspiel), Kris Canning (bass), and Aurisha Smolarski (violin),[4] they performed live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic in December 2003, citing influences like Aztec Camera and The Darutti Column, and opened for bands including American Music Club and Arthur Lee & Love.[5]

The second LP, All Good Dreamers Pass This Way (2006), was described by one critic as "a parchment origami of wide-ranging pop influences, all bright melodies, overcast arrangements and grown-up feelings."[6] It featured the songs "In Anticipation of Your Suicide," (which appeared in the 2006 film All The Boys Love Mandy Lane),[7] "Kathy in Her Bedroom," and "Do the Buildings and Cops Make You Smile?"

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  1. ^ "Bedroom Walls". last.fm. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Olund, Paul. "Indie Study: Romanticore from Bedroom Walls". Today.com. MSNBC. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Wenzlaff, Andrew (June 2, 2004). "Bedroom Walls Plays on humor to express melancholic music". The Daily Bruin. UCLA. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Artists: Bedroom Walls". MTV.com. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Morning Becomes Eclectic: Bedroom Walls Live". KCRW.com. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Scott (September 6, 2007). "Critics' Choices". The Pitch. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane: Soundtrack". IMDB.com. Retrieved 7 December 2015.