For all its familiar pop leanings, Brass Bed
has relied on its unpredictability, its knack for discovery and surprise over the course of its six year-career, whether in its three full-length albums or offbeat tributes to Harry Nilsson and collaborations with Lafayette brethren Feufollet. The Lafayette-New Orleans band's colorful psych-pop and kaleidoscopic garage rock throws back to Big Star's jangly '70s power-pop or Brian Wilson's sunny studio operas, all with a hefty dose of big guitars and crooked grin lyrics. It reached critical mass with 2013's The Secret Will Keep You
(Crossbill Records), a red flag from Lafayette that showed off that the region's youthful musical resurgence
wasn't limited to Cajun music.
Now the band offers a glimpse at its next act, a full-length record due in 2015. The band celebrates the recent 7" single from MA'AM Records ("Be Anything"/"Mind the Gap") at Publiq House (4528 Freret St.) at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Kid Carsons
The latest batch of songs were recorded by Chris Woodhouse (who has helmed current garage saviors Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, and engineered Wild Flag's single self-titled masterpiece), and the tracks master blissed out harmony-filled pop ("Be Anything") and dreamy krautrock-tinged '90s indie rock ("Mind the Gap").