The Beaches, from Toronto, Canada are currently supporting Brody Dalle on her UK tour. This all-female, indie rock band are Kylie Miller (guitar), Jordan Miller (bass guitar and vocals), Eliza Enman-McDaniel (drums), and Leandra Earl (keys). They say they are the proud teen pioneers of the new wave of “fem-rock”. But judging from their performance at the Leadmill in Sheffield, they are much more than that. Whilst the influence of The Strokes, Elastica, The White Stripes, Metric, and The Runaways are clear, they have a snarling attitude and rebellious attitude that provide enough difference for this young band to become formidable. Indeed, Jordan Miller reminded me of a young Patti Smith! And, indeed, I yearned for an encore where they came back on stage to cover “Because The Night”. This may well happen in the future because boy do they have a future!
There will be inevitable comparisons with Haim. Which is perhaps is a little unfair as The Beaches are in their infancy in terms of their shot at stardom: Not that you can tell this from their performance. They exude a confidence beyond their years, a stage craft that simply shouts “look at us we’re good” and an infectious set of tunes that will have dancing. Their songs are have a great hook, a pinch of angst and anthemic rough edge. You will hear them and think them pretty good. If you hear them twice you’ll think them formidable!
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