Formed in 2007, Melbourne all girl group BEACHES deliver hooking (dare I say it) beachy psychedelic-rock. In a recent interview, we caught up with the band to discuss favourite lyrics, demoing their new album, Chapter Records, and touring Europe. Here’s what they had to say:
AMBY: Hey BEACHES, welcome to our site! How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
BEACHES: To avoid some sort of bizarro world Spice Girls thing happening i think it’s safest to describe us with our names and not adjectives :) We are Antonia, Alison, Ali, Karla, Gill.
AMBY: Where did the name BEACHES come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?
BEACHES: We came up with the name in early 2007 – it came naturally to us during a conversation. I don’t think that we even considered any other names at the time as it instantly gelled for us. I was new to the guitar and keen on playing surf guitar lead lines and this felt like a neat connection to the name. Also we were keen on the analogy in terms of wanting to make music that has brutal force, music that swells and ebbs. We really liked the link to nature within the name and a lot of our lyrics contain naturalistic references. Needless to say, “..my boyfriend left me” doesn’t really cut it for beaches.
AMBY: Which BEACHES lyric is your personal favourite?
BEACHES: “Turning leaves, Flower in the wind, Falling blue, Dark river” taken from title track of Eternal Sphere 12″ (Mexican Summer)
AMBY: Your latest release, She Beats LP, was released in May of last year. What are your thoughts on the album now that there’s been time to reflect on it?
BEACHES: It was a very long process working on She Beats and this process wasn’t without periods of stasis or self doubt. We were very pleased with the finished album though- it just needed us to stay with it for a longer gestation period than what we had planned. The songs in She Beats went through a process of being quite basic tracks then we layered them (we already have 3 guitar players so when we say layered we mean layered) to a point where they were almost negated, swamped by thick guitar squall and noise. At that point the songs felt bigger than any of us. It was then a balancing act of editing (some of) these layers, so the melodies could shine through again. A highlight was having a cameo from our friend Micheal Rother (Neu! Harmonia) on the record. Rother performed improv guitar on two of the songs. Also it’s been a lot of fun performing what was essentially a studio album live.
AMBY: What’s next as far as recordings or releases go?
BEACHES: We are currently demoing for our next album. New songs are coming thick and fast.
AMBY: Which other artists from Melbourne should our readers check out?
BEACHES: Chapter Records (our Australian label) is a very good place to start! Also Scott and Charlene’s wedding, Bitch Prefect, Zond, Peak Twins…
AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2014?
BEACHES: Writing and recording more music! Beaches are also touring Europe in July which we very much look forward to.
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about BEACHES that nobody knows yet.
BEACHES: Nobody has heard any of our new material for album 3 yet. I could describe the new songs we’ve been working on using words but I feel like you need to wait to hear them with your ears and brains. Stay tuned! We’re getting excited..
Thank you BEACHES, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout