In late 2015, bed. began work with producer and engineer Larry Crane (Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, Elliott Smith) on their debut LP “Replay.” At the time, the shoegaze rock group, fronted by husband-and-wife duo Sierra and Alex Haager, was gaining a steady following in their hometown of Portland and had begun to attract the attention of national media outlets. But shortly after the record was finished, their music careers took a sudden turn when they decided to start a family. With the arrival of a child came a severely reduced touring schedule and, subsequently, their much-anticipated album remained unreleased.
Fast forward three years: a lot has changed. The Haagers are now the proud parents of a 2-year-old son. And while music isn’t the most important thing in their lives anymore, bed. is occasionally playing gigs again. The band also finally released “Replay” in December as a benefit for the Immigrant Resource Center. And thank goodness for that, because the album is one of the best pieces of music to come out of Oregon in years.
Sierra and Alex Haager joined us for a session at Kelly’s Olympian in downtown Portland. The band, aided by drummer Devon Shirley (Summer Cannibals), performed songs from “Replay” and chatted with us about what it’s like when your bandmate is also your spouse, working with a music hero (producer Larry Crane) and their 2-year-old kid’s horrible fake ID.