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Bed Soul: Harmony + Angst = Good Music

 by Aaron Sizemore

Bed Soul -  Drayson Ridley (gtr, vcls), Nathan Cottrell (gtr, bss), Daniel McCrary (drms), Wyatt Benteman (gtr), Erin White (not shown) (vcls)

As the big Music House Fall Carnival approaches. We'll be featuring each of the bands competing in the Battle of the Bands. Presenting, Bed Soul...

What the heck does "Bed Soul" mean?

Drayson: It's a term made up by our lead guitarist for someone that spends their day in the bedroom.

Daniel: Yeah. Dray basically said, "Our name is Bed Soul." So, that's how that happened.

Nathan: I came up with something cool but we didn't use it. RIFF ZONE!

Wyatt: Unfortunately, "Howitzer" is already a name of a band.

Who are your biggest influences?

Wyatt: Led Zeppelin, Tool, and Black Sabbath.

Nathan: Nightwish's first album, Evanescence, and Cryoshell.

Drayson: Boy's Age and early Nirvana.

Daniel: Gene Krupa and Imagine Dragons.

How would you describe your band's style?

Drayson: Garage band mixed with angst.

What has working with a real band taught you?

Nathan: You can't just go at your own pace.

Drayson: I can hear accents in parts from the individual musicians that I would not have thought of.

Daniel: It's a lot more fun than playing by yourself.

Do you guys write your own music? If yes, do you prefer writing your own stuff or covering others?

Daniel: Yeah, we do and that's what I prefer. I really like Dray's originals.

Wyatt: I like a solid mix of both. It's a fun to play a song on the radio, but it's also cool to say, "Hey - I made that!"

What do you think the difference is between a good band and a great one?

Daniel: What's the difference? Us.

Drayson: Understanding your bandmates and your fans.

You guys are performing at the upcoming Music House Fall Carnival on Oct. 29. You stand to win recording time and a performance slot at an upcoming music festival. What excites you most about that show?

Wyatt: Winning. We can turn music into a competition. We can destroy!

Drayson: Seeing where we stand on the spectrum of the local bands. Recording time will be cool.

What's going to set you apart from all the other bands competing on the 29th?

Drayson: Well, we have me (laughs).

Nathan: We are Bed Soul! Nobody has that.

Anything more you'd like to add?

Nathan: Music. Yay!

Wyatt: I'll second that.

Be sure to join us at this year's Music House Fall Carnival to hear this band and seven others serve up their best. It's going to be a big party featuring lots of amazing people!

Want to learn more about the upcoming Fall Carnival? Click here.

Written by Aaron Sizemore
Aaron Sizemore
Co-founder & Executive Director at Music House