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Bedouin: stay in school!

By Ash Wittig
Gazette Staff

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“YO GUYS, MAKE SURE YOU’RE LOOKING AWAY FROM THE CHURCH.” Bedouin Soundclash put on their best angry faces.

A lot of bands today fit neatly into their respective genres, but trying to classify Bedouin Soundclash is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole; it just ain’t gonna happen.

Their second full-length album, Sounding A Mosaic, is finally being released two years after their first record Root Fire, but the guys in Bedouin Soundclash feel like the new record is their first.

“Our first album was really meant for us and some friends, and the small following we had at the time,” says vocalist and lead guitarist Jay Malinowski. “The popularity that it attracted was surprising. With this album it was a real concerted effort and we were all really conscious of what we were doing. I think we’ve matured a lot as artists, and as a result, the sound is more cohesive and overall much more easy to listen to.”

Soundclash began their career about three years ago, but unlike some aspiring rock stars, the boys decided to play it safe, be cool and stay in school. “We’re still in university right now,” Malinowski says.

“In terms of managing time, we’re just doing two things full time, kind of like if someone was on a varsity team. We love making music so we have to make it work, but we want to finish school before we do it full time, just to have something else to fall back on.”

As to what genre classifies the band, Malinowski explains, “I would prefer to be classified as a world music band. Basically, we’re a fusion band who borrows from reggae.” Drawing their greatest influences from Bob Marley, the band has a distinctively reggae-influenced sound with vocals reminiscent of Paul Simon.

Even though the group members are taking full time classes in university, they still find time to tour around the country. “We’ll take long weekends every two weeks and just hit up as many cities as we can,” he says. “It gets tiring, but it’s good for us. The energy that we get for writing is from doing the live shows.”

Malinowski explains that Bedouin Soundclash attracts a very eclectic audience. “It varies a lot from punks to frat boys, and everyone else who just likes our sound. We’re pretty versatile and I like to think that we attract the conscious listeners, the ones who are at the show because they want to hear something different.

“It’s purely for the music; our shows aren’t filled with dancers and pyrotechnics. The craziest it’s ever gotten was when I played an entire show with my fly down,” Malinowski says.

Although you won’t be wooed with cage dancers and shots of fire, Malinowski promises that Bedouin Soundclash will provide an entertaining show.

“We put out a really good vibe and we guarantee that it’ll make you want to break it down on the dance floor.”

Bedouin Soundclash perform Saturday at Call the Office with Angry Agency. Call 432-2263 for more information.



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