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Beach

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
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"HI, HAVE YOU MET BEACH?"

After a year-long hiatus, psychedelic Dublin five-piece Beach are back. The intriguing group released their beautiful new track Fionn last week, a short song suitably poised as a teaser to get us intrigued for what's to come. It has a certain hymnal solemnity; engrossing and oddly cathartic, with its gentle sonic warmth and disarmingly transcendental Irish vocals not too far removed from monastic chanting. Meanwhile the accompanying video is a veritable kaleidoscope of pretty visuals.
And this is just the first sign of things to come. Beach have a self-produced double A-side (recorded at Lamplight Studios) scheduled for release later this year. On first listen the singles – Arabia and Moon Smoke – boast characteristically rich, soaring vocals over slow-burning, lush melodies and wonderfully jarring loops of electronic sound.
Ahead of those exciting forthcoming releases it seemed a fitting time to introduce Beach to a new audience. We caught up with the band to find out more about who they are and what exactly they've got on the cards.

Can you tell us the basics about Beach – who are you and how did you get started?

We formed after meeting in college in 2013 and just clicked straight away after jamming together. We released our debut EP 'Space' with the help of producer Ben Bix after just six months. We play a guitar-driven blend of psychedelia infused with elements of electronica and slacker wave.

You've been on hiatus for a year – what was it about Fionn that made you decide it should be the first thing people heard after that time?
While taking a hiatus from gigging we've just worked on expanding our sound. The use of electronics seemed like a natural progression for us. Adding our individual influences was what drove us to evolve our sound and expression. Fionn is being released first to give people a taster of what we've been working on and of what's to come. We have been working for a few months now in collaboration with visual artist Ross Ryder who is helping us to convey visually what we are trying to say with our music. We are really excited with what he brings to the table.

Is singing in Irish going to be a recurring theme?

For us, psychedelic music is about experimentation, and this led to the lyrics for Fionn being sung in Irish as it's such a spiritual language - it just felt like the natural thing to do. We don't plan a lot of what we do musically so we can never rule anything out, but singing in Irish is definitely something we'll consider in the future.
You have singles scheduled for autumn, can you tell us a bit about that?

The two singles are along the same electronic/psychedelic lines as Fionn, with similar lyrical themes. The songs are about journeys in life, you know... the type that we live in our own head and how we perceive things. The songs are due for release in late October [with accompanying videos].

Anything else people ought to know about Beach?

2016 is going to be a busy year for Beach with more releases and sets accompanied by live visuals...expect to have your psychedelic jocks blown off!

That's perhaps a slightly alarming way of phrasing it on their part, but on the basis of Fionn it seems a fair prediction to make – it's an otherworldly track bursting with hints as to the band's propensity for making woozy, wavy music. With a launch party for the singles scheduled for Button Factory on 19 November, we'd certainly recommend you keep an eye on Beach over the next few months. The five-piece look set to provide Irish music with something quite mesmerising. - GoldenPlec


"Beach Space EP"

You can definitely make sense of the “space grunge” tag when listening to Beach‘s debut EP, Space. The Dublin foursome have a sound indebted to the best of 1991 but filtered through a sort of chillwave sleepiness. Released by iH! Audio and produced by Ben Bix of Meltybrains? infamy, Space keeps one at arm’s length. The production acts as a sedative, dulling the impact of Dave Barrett’s wounded croon and leaving the vast array of tones and styles stemming from Alex Conway’s guitar to fill the void. Even when proceedings come to an arresting crescendo, such as on ‘Skies’ and ‘Sea’, a foggy distance is held and catharsis is left tantilisingly within reach without truly being seized.

That is not to say Space is unsatisfying but rather than a thematic sense of loss is prioritised ahead of simple aural fulfillment. The title refers both to the space above is and the space that is left empty, gnawing at us from within as we muddle through life in a haze of uncertainty.

Despite ‘Intro’s closing riff piercing through the ether, the blissful chaos of ‘Skies’ – and of Space in general – goes partly unheard, like you’re listening to it through a wall. Barrett yearns for fulfillment amidst it all: “I want my love / I want these skies to open up”. Completeness is the aim, failing that, any sort of feeling will do.

‘Sea’ is the EP’s centrepiece, doffing its cap to Foals’ ‘Spanish Sahara’ and allowing Barrett to pour his heart out without competition for the listener’s ear. His desperate cries are quite heart-breaking. “You make me feel like I’m hurt-free … just let me show you, just let me show” – it’s a sentiment that reverberates in the mind but Barrett’s knowingly defeated tone let’s one know his attempts are in vain. He’s joined towards the song’s end by Bernard Kavanagh’s ascendant bass line and guitar arpeggios that glitter through the fog. It’s beautiful to hear and reassuring to know that consolation can be found in united noise.

The closing title track is an emotional comedown. Rumbling echoes and muffled vocals create the feeling of losing consciousness, and it very much feels like a retreat into numbness; the sound of a dead transmission only adds to the sense of woozy listlessness. Quite a pessimistic note to end on but thematically pure all the same. After all, as Barrett sings on ‘Sea’, “When I’m stoned, I feel this empty hole” – it’s not going away, but neither are Beach. - State Magazine


"Beach Space (New Music From Dublin)"

When I receive an email from iH! Audio it always grabs my attention immediately. They are a Dublin Electronic label with artists like Ben Bix, Zoe Wolf and Peaks on their roster. The latest to join the iH! Audio family is newly formed Dublin band Beach.
“Beach formed after meeting in BIMM and take their cues from grunge and psychedelic rock. Although still a very young band – having only formed in February this year – they’ve quickly developed into a distinct sound of their own that made them our favourite Dublin band this year, which is why we asked to work with them, as well as releasing it the EP was produced by iH! co-head Ben Bix.”
The production by Ben Bix is as good as you would expect, a certain tone and atmosphere is maintained throughout the record. The short EP peaks in the middle with the “Howl at the Moon”, the EP’s strongest track. This track and the entire collection marries energetic musicianship, expert production and powerful vocal performances. In terms of contemporary influences, the band fuse psychedelic and grunge sounds in a style similar to Warpaint. This is the first offering from a newly formed band, and working with iH! Audio we’ll hopefully see great things in the future. - SoundBlob


"Nialler9's New Irish Music"

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Beach - Ono Noh

With Halloween approaching and the days shortening, maybe there is room in your life for some discombobulating alternative music? If so, let Dublin five-piece Beaches lull you with their drowsy dark-gilded creak-in-the-neck rock music. - Nialler9- The Irish Times


"Premiere: Beach – Ono Noh"

One of our must-see acts at Hard Working Class Heroes this weekend, Dublin five-piece Beach aren’t likely to be neatly defined any time soon. Recently proclaimed one of the “most interesting prospects on the Irish scene” the Dave Barrett-fronted band certainly have a sturdy leg to stand on, blending dusky slacker rock, electronica and contorted psychedelia on tracks including ‘Moon Smoke’, ‘Arabia’ and, most recently, the brilliantly bastardised jazz-punk of ‘Donuts’.

Exploring more ruminating territory, the band’s new single ‘Ono Noh’ conjures Black Heart Procession-like lamenting via Depeche Modesque atmospherics and – particularly Barrett and backing vocalist/lead guitarist Alex Conway’s vocals – Queens of the Stone Age at their more sober and restrained. With another single – the wonderfully-titled ‘Bram Toker’ – set for release soon, ‘Ono Noh’ is a darkly, subtly emphatic effort that confirms the band’s repute over four minutes. - The Thin Air


"THE NEU BULLETIN"

Where last single ‘Donuts’ took a chainsaw-like approach to unbridled noise, on ‘Ono Noh’ Dublin group Beach go down a different route. Melodic, meandering and dripping in sadness, it’s a broken-brained lament; one that proves they’ve got multiple tricks up their various sleeves. - DIY


"BEACH BRING COASTAL CHAOS ON ‘DONUTS’"

Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from Beach.

Pitching up in the same alternate universe of deconstructed noise as Show Me The Body and fellow Dublin lads Girl Band, there’s a discordant, despondent edge to Beach - a feeling that everything could fall apart at any moment, were it not for the razor-wire holding it all together. But the five piece stir a new ingredient into the twisted potion; a bouncing, surfy sway that tries its hardest to tame the frenzy. By its gut-churning conclusion, though, all resistance proves futile, and Beach bury themselves in the dark and damp.

Lyrically, as vocalist Dave Barrett explains, “it’s about a really fucked up outer body experience I had where I transcended into a spiritual dimension. For quite some time I thought I was dead in the physical world.” ‘Donuts’ reflects that broken mindset in every twisted, gnarled note and Ian Curtis-esque dip into madness - stream it below, first on DIY.

At some point this year, Beach plan to take their live visual show on the road. Until then, take a bite out of ‘Donuts’ and relinquish control to its chaos. - DIY


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Beach are a five piece band based in Dublin, Ireland. Since their formation in 2013, Beach have created a unique blend of psychedelia infused with elements of electronica, and slacker rock. In expanding their show by incorporating visuals, they have developed a more immersive expression of their music; "becoming one of the most interesting prospects on the Irish scene."

After the success of singles 'Moon Smoke' 'Arabia' and 'Donuts', Beach have followed up with their latest release 'Ono Noh', yet again displaying their inability to be pigeon holed while managing to maintain thematic purity within their unique sound. 

Beach are due to release their new single entitled 'Bram Toker' in early November.

Quotes:

DIY - ‘’Melodic, meandering and dripping in sadness, it’s a broken-brained lament; one that proves they’ve got multiple tricks up their various sleeves.’’

Nialler9 – ‘’Maybe there is room in your life for some discombobulating alternative music? If so, let Dublin five-piece Beach lull you with their drowsy dark-gilded creak-in-the-neck rock music.’’

The Thin Air – ‘’Dublin five-piece Beach aren’t likely to be neatly defined any time soon. Recently proclaimed one of the “most interesting prospects on the Irish scene” the Dave Barrett-fronted band certainly have a sturdy leg to stand on, blending dusky slacker rock, electronica and contorted psychedelia on tracks including ‘Moon Smoke’, ‘Arabia’ and, most recently, the brilliantly bastardised jazz-punk of ‘Donuts.’’

The Last Mixed Tape – ‘’Easily one of Ireland’s most unique new prospects. Beach’s meeting of dream-pop, shoegaze, and psych makes for an enthralling live set.’’



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