Interview by Corrine Jensen
January 16, 2013
Meghan Killimade and Adam Wujtewicz are not
only one of the coolest couples out there; they also make up the hard-hitting,
rock-heavy duo Bedroom Rehab Corporation
. Fronted by Adam on bass and vocals,
he is joined by his long-time girlfriend Meghan on drums. Both are talented
musicians who have played in a plethora of local bands over the years, and also
avid supporters of the New London music scene; running the online zine www.wailingcity.com
. What? That’s this site,
you say? Yeah, and that is why they were both hesitant to talk about themselves
and their own project with me. But after a little (a lot of) harassment,
pleading, and threatening they finally agreed to an interview and found some
time away from their busy lives to talk about BRC, they’re debut album Red
and our little scene.
tell me how Bedroom Rehab Corporation started?
always thought it would be fun to play together, and when Adam parted ways with
Hand Grenade Serenade in 2007 it seemed like the perfect time to try it. I
still remember the first song we jammed on/wrote together, which turned into
our song “The Corinthian”.
There were also a number of long hiatuses
for BRC from 2007 until 2011. We had a lot of other stuff going on in our
lives, and my other band Paul Brockett Roadshow
plays often, especially during
the summer months, so we were definitely “on and off” as a band for awhile. We
didn’t have the “fire” under our butts enough to really work at it back then,
like we do now.
made you two keep BRC a duo?
don’t think we were ever really hell-bent on keeping it a duo just to keep
other instruments or people out, it just happened that way. Believe me, many of
our guitar player friends STILL offer to come in and jam with us but it’s just
been something we enjoy doing together. We now know how special it is to be in
a relationship and be in a band together and are truly lucky that it works so
well. It’s so easy to just get in one car with all of our gear and just go. I
can’t say we haven’t thought about having another person come up and play with
us on a song or two live, and that may still happen down the road, but it will
always be the two of us for the long haul. Plus, it would be silly of us to say
that we weren’t heavily influenced by other bass and drum duo bands like Big
Business, Death From Above and Om.
me the duo thing has always been a sort of personal challenge. How much space
can I fill up with just bass? How many different tones can I bring to the table
and keep it sounding full? Can I actually play and sing at the same time? I’d
done very little of that with Hand Grenade and I knew that it would be pretty
constant thing in BRC.
And Meg’s right, it’s easy to play in a
band with one other person. Especially one you are in a relationship with and
live with. We don’t pull punches during song writing because we know each other
too well. We can book shows very easily because we don’t have to coordinate
schedules with everyone else. We have a lot of fun together and adding in a
member would make things much more complex. Besides,
unless it was another bass player, I really think it would throw the sound
we’ve worked so hard at creating right out the window.
would you classify your sound?
always been a tough one. We’re kind of all over the place, haha. We adopted our
own classification as “post grunge doom rock”. When we first started we had a
very heavy late 90’s garage/grunge rock sound and then we moved into a very big
blues phase. You can still hear those sounds there, but over the last few years
it’s definitely progressed into a more doom and stoner rock sound. Adam has a
ton of pedal effects too and he’s also really into noise and psychedelic. I
think we’re more into our own sound now than ever before, whatever you want to
classify it as… but we’re definitely still growing… and we’re always surprising
ourselves at the sounds that come out.
people ask I usually say stoner rock or heavy psyche. The psychedelic and
stoner genres have always been terribly close sounding to me. I think because
we do a lot of quiet parts and because I tend to use a lot of delays and more
and more flanger in my bass tone we have a definite psychedelic element to us.
Also, the noise factor is something that puts us a little more in that realm.
The stoner rock side is just our love for a big riff and playing heavy music.
We’re never going to be a straight metal band because we don’t have a guitar
player and we’re never going to be a punk band because we play too slow and
we’ll never be a psyche band because we’re too heavy. We have those influences
for sure but they’re never genres that we’ll fit into nicely. I’m all over the
spectrum as far as my music tastes and I think that only helps a band keep
things interesting. A band like Slint may not be the first one you think of when
you hear BRC but if you listen to “S.O.S.” you’ll hear a lot of Slint. The
“chorus” part to that song also has a nice little walking bass line that has a
clear jazz/blues influence. Then there are songs like “Captain Damnit” that is
a pretty straight hardcore punk song with some high-end noise sprinkled on top.
I don’t like to sound like we’re a more complex band than we are; we’re a heavy
rock that has some quiet moments. That’s how all the rock bands I listened to
as kid were. You knew when a Pearl Jam or Soundgarden song came on but the
songs all sounded different. I want BRC to be the same way.
been lucky enough to play shows with other bands that aren’t exactly the same
genre, of course we don’t really know what ours is, so we fit well with a lot
of different types of genres – metal, rock, stoner rock, doom, punk. I grew up going
to very diverse shows: punk, ska, hardcore, indie bands all on the same bill. I
miss those days and I’d love to see that diversity come back. With BRC, it’s
been a lot of fun playing different types of bills.
influenced you when you wrote your new album, Red Over Red?
in an old whaling town is a huge influence for this record. It’s a concept album
that involves the paranormal and the ocean. I’ve always been into monsters and
mythology and I’ve always lived near water so it seemed like a smart match to
apply to my lyrical concepts. I was an avid writer of fiction in high school
but since then I haven’t had the time or muse to write like that. When we
realized that a lot of the titles we were coming up with had a sort of maritime
theme to them I saw it as a good way to use that part of my brain again. Granted,
the story is pretty loose and even though I think the album has a great flow to
it we didn’t write the songs in order trying to link them. There were some very
“happy accidents” when we started to assemble this record and it was our job to
make sure we took advantage of them.
Those kinds of things have also always been
present in heavy music. Led Zeppelin wrote songs that went along with the Lord
of the Rings
stories, Black Sabbath were obviously into some dark mystical
stuff. The current metal bands I listen to are no different. The Sword has
written songs that follow Game of Thrones
and there are all sorts of
monsters in High on Fire songs. I’ve never been one for bands with a real
political stance or tend to write topically. This is an escape for me and while
certain things in life do frustrate me I’m not going to burden my listener with
that. I’m going to vent my frustration with a loud bass and a scream. I just
hope that the listeners get the same sense of relief as I do from it.
there any musical influences for, Red Over Red?
for me a big inspiration for this album was the Japanese rock band Boris
you are into rock music of any kind, and I mean any
kind, go check them out). They are a band that has absolutely
no rules when it comes to style or songwriting. I wanted to be able to put out
whatever was coming out of us at the time on this record and not feel the need
to explain myself. There are some pretty conflicting styles on ROR
think that we’re able to pull it all under one umbrella of BRC. I never want to
stifle our sound; I want both of us to feel free to try whatever we want with
went into writing the first single, “Gone by the Boards”?
all started, as a lot of things do, with beer. I brew beer with a couple of
buddies of mine at my parent’s house (Creature Brewing Co
) and it’s also where our studio/practice
space is. After a night of beer prep and the drinking that goes along with that
I decided to go into the studio and play around with my musical equipment.
Being a little on the inebriated side, the riff I came up with was slower and I
think because I was working in a very stream of conscience sort of way the riff
was longer from start to finish. When we first started jamming on that primary
riff the song wandered in a heavier direction that was more in line with “Down
with the Ship” (the B-Side to our 2009 Cosmo Single). Meghan didn’t want to
revisit that so much and the slowness of the riff was a pretty big change for
us so we shelved it for a while. When we came back to it I tried to take a bit
more of a thematic approach to the music by taking the main riff and altering
it slightly to create different parts of the song. It was Meg’s idea to throw
the noise solo in the middle; it was also her idea for me to use a slide to
give it more movement while we were in the studio. It’s truly our most
traditional arrangement we’ve ever had for a song; intro, verse, chorus, verse,
chorus, solo, bridge, chorus/outro. Although it may seem silly it became almost
a challenge to see if we could do something that traditional and pull it off.
as Adam said, I was definitely hearing a very traditional arrangement for this
song. I was looking at arrangements that some of my favorite bands were doing;
songs that I thought were written and put together really well. I would be
lying if I said The Reducers
didn’t come into play here – they are such a huge
influence on us. I especially had been listening to a lot of ‘ducers around the
time we were finishing up the writing for the album. Even though their songs
have guitars and such, their arrangements are really awesome. I wanted to try
to apply that to at least some of our song writing to see if it worked. The
pedal noise and bass slide part being where a guitar solo might sit. It
certainly doesn’t, and won’t apply to every song for us, but for “Boards” we
The funny thing about this song is that it
almost didn’t make it on the record! We had been working on another song at the
time that just wasn’t going where we wanted to go and we decided to put it
aside for a while and try working on “Boards”. It just fit together in the nick
of time and wound up on the record instead of the other song. It’s the longest
and probably the heaviest song on the album!
you guys excited for the first listen party at The Telegraph on the 17th?
I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked we are! This is huge for us and we’ve
worked SO HARD on this record. We rehearsed for months and actually demo’d the
entire album ourselves in our home studio first before going into Sonelab
Justin (Pizzoferrato). We are so proud of the way it came out and I can’t wait
to unleash it!
We are incredibly grateful to Rich and
Daphne Lee Martin (Telegraph Recording Company
), for all their continued
guidance and support. And also for our best friends, Michelle Montavon and
Brian Albano (The Suicide Dolls
), who really inspired us to work hard and keep
at it. Without these four people, I’m not sure this record would have happened.
think this really is the best and most honest way to release a record. So many
times you see a band live and they’re great and then you buy the record only to
find they did a half assed job or the other way around. This gives people a
chance to hear the product and decide if they want it based on the content of
the record. I also just want to see people’s reactions to the record. We did do
a lot of work to get this album just the way we wanted it and Justin brought
the whole thing to another level. The man knows what he is doing and we feel
very lucky to have worked with him. Not to mention the fact that some of the
“ear candy” on this record was his idea and he just made us feel very
your experience here in the NL scene?
think the scene here is awesome and so unique, I probably love New London more
than most people, haha. I do think that there aren’t enough people going out to
shows like it was five or so years ago, but of course every scene/city changes
and goes through its ups and downs. We talk to a lot of out of town bands and
it’s also like this in other cities right now, not just here. I can’t say it enough
– support local music because if you don’t go to shows and support what bands
in your town are doing, none of this can grow and continue on for the next
As a band, we’ve definitely had a rough
time with getting folks down to our local shows. I respect that some people may
not be into what we’re doing and that’s totally cool but we’re hoping folks
will support not only us (and other New London bands too) but the out of town
bands we work so hard to bring down to New London. I think it’s incredibly
important as a scene to work together and support what other bands are doing
even if you’re not 100% into it.
are there any local bands you’re into?MK:
a bunch of local bands I’m digging lately: Daphne Lee Martin
’s new stuff is
absolutely awesome. I've been really into When The Deadbolt Breaks
, Modern Primates
, Horns of Ormus
. Also love New Haven’s Lost Riots
Easthampton’s Problems With Dragons
and we just played with Black Pyramid
the Boston area – holy amazing!
AW: Horns of Ormus
for sure. I’ve liked Gregg’s stuff since Los Diablos
Charcoles and HOO have a sound that all three members seem to be excited
about and comfortable with. Daphne Lee Martin
is doing new and
interesting things. Moxie
shows such a huge amount of
sonic growth for her. She’s always been a hard worker and it’s great to
see her work as hard on moving forward musically as she does booking
and playing shows. Of course my perennial favorite band in New London
is The Suicide Dolls
. Their music speaks to me. I love their use of
feedback and noise within the structure of a rock n’ roll song. They
also work extremely hard. I don’t think people realize how many bands
from NY, Boston and beyond they’ve brought to New London. So let me be
the first to thank them publicly for introducing us to so many great
advice do you have for up-and-coming bands, musicians, etc. out there?
hard, get yourself out there and meet new bands. Play as many shows out of town
as you play in town.
to as much different music as you can. If you’re in a metal band and all you
listen to is metal, your music will suffer for it. If you’re in a country band
and all you listen to is country your music will suffer for it. All my English
teachers always said that in order to be a good writer you had to be an avid
reader. I believe that’s doubly true for music; if you’re going to be a good
player you have to be an avid listener.
Also, Meg’s right, play outside where you
live. Playing to your friends is great but they won’t be honest all the time.
Challenge yourself by playing outside your comfort zone. If you can play in
front of a crowd of strangers in Boston, NY, or Phili like you would in front
of your friends, then you’re on your way. If you don’t challenge yourself as a
band your music will suffer for it.
There is a theme to what I’m saying here in
case you haven’t caught on.
And honestly, you have to love what you’re
doing and the people you’re doing it with.
Your band is like your second family and you have to accept their flaws
but your happiness is just as important as theirs and you don’t have to let
them make you miserable.
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