Beach Patrol

Beach Patrol


"The music of Beach Patrol is timelessly catchy pop/rock, distinguished not just by style but also by some of the finest songwriting exhibited in years. These are songs you like after one listen, love after five listens, and can't live without after 20 listens."-- Lord Rutledge, Now Wave Magazine


an (informative!) interview with Beach Patrol
by Brian Mosher

I remember when the Patriots got beaten by the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. It was soon after that trauma that Wisconsin stole Massachusetts's title as cranberry capital of the world. I've never really forgiven Wisconsin for that. Until now, that is. Beach Patrol has gone a long way toward repairing my opinion of the Cheese Head State. Members Domenic (Nick) Marcantonio (vocals/guitar), Jeffrey VanDreel (bass), and Preston Ely (drum kit) formed Beach Patrol in 2004. But the three of them had been playing together since early 2001 in various incarnations, most notably in The Rumors ("the three of us plus Holly on rhythm guitar", according to Nick) and the Vertebreakers ("essentially the three of us backing Atom K. who now plays with the Tuff Bananas"). Pretty much right from the moment their CD It's Only Greener 'til You Get There (Duck on Monkey Records) hit my mailbox, it's been in heavy rotation in my CD player. Here's an interview.

Brian: Since I'm an old, jealous guy: How old are you boys? You look about 17 in the pictures on the CD.

Nick: We've been the youngest band in our scene for what seems like forever, but that's starting to change. That photo was taken in May, and at the time Preston and I were 20, and Jeff was 22. We have become 21 and 23 since then.

Brian: Again referring to the photo on the CD sleeve, I see you playing an SG. Is that what you normally play? How many guitars do you have that you actually play?

Nick: I'm usually strapped to the SG, but I can also be found playing a Telecaster. I do most of my writing on my banged up Ibanez acoustic. I don't really get to experiment much with playing other types of guitars, 'cuz there isn't much in the way of left-handed guitars in the shops around here, so I just stick to what I know works for me.

Brian: I'm always curious about influences and origins. What's the first record you remember hearing that made you think, "I want to do that"?

Nick: This is the question that most people lie about their answer. I'm not going to do that. The first record I heard that made me want to pick up a guitar when I was 12 was probably Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic or AC/DC's Let There Be Rock. First records that made me want to start writing songs were ALL of The Beatles albums. And the first record that told me to start a band even if I didn't think I was good enough yet was the Ramones' Rocket to Russia. Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True was an important one too. I was 14 when I picked that one up, and it couldn't have come at a better time. He struck me as more "punk rock" with his sharp tongue and sardonic wit, than the standard "Fuck you/Fuck me/Fuck them" formula that characterized the genre.

Brian: It seems like a lot of reviewers compare you guys to The Figgs. I can hear that, but I don't know if it's as dramatic as others seem to. What's your take on that? Do you feel like your sound is influenced by The Figgs, or are there other bands you think you sound more like? Do you even like The Figgs?

Nick: We love the Figgs, without a doubt! They are fantastic dudes, and they make great records! Although the Figgs have been one of our more modern influences, I think the main cause for the similarities (and one of the reasons we got into them!) is that we share a lot of the same influences. Bands like the Beatles, The Kinks, The Stones, The Replacements, and Elvis Costello are pretty evident on the musical palettes of both of our bands.

Brian: What do you think of the stuff Elvis has done over the last few years?

Nick: There are only a couple of albums in his entire career that I don't really dig: The Juliet Letters and Goodbye Cruel World (for the most part)...Come to think of it, Punch the Clock ain't so hot either; maybe a couple of songs. He's been on a roll the last few years with When I Was Cruel, Delivery Man, and The River In Reverse with Allen Touissant. Great, great stuff!

Brian: Have you played much outside of Wisconsin?

Nick: We hit Chicago a few times. We're going on tour this spring when Jeff is done with college.

Brian: Will your spring tour include any East Coast dates?

Nick: The spring tour will be taking us to Philadelphia and Brooklyn, but we're going on a full and proper East Coast tour in June.

Brian: Will the Packers ever be good again?

Nick: I hope so for Favre's sake. Hall of Fame quarterback like that doesn't deserve to end on such a poor note. He still throws like a rocket, and supports his local independent record store!

Brian: When you're writing songs, how much comes from real life experiences, and how much is from other sources?

Nick: It's mostly from my own real life experiences. Sometimes I write about real life experiences through the eyes of people I know, and some that I don't know as well. "Amelia"'s 100% fiction. "Trampoline" was for fun. And I'm pretty sure Jeff wrote "Mary" out of nowhere, but it may hav


"It's Only Greener Til You Get There" -LP/CD 2006
As Yet Untitled Follow Up- LP/CD 2007

Set List

We can play as short as twenty minutes or as long as four hours. depends on what the setting calls for!
We do mostly our own music with a carefully selected cover or two thrown in the mix now and again.

Some Originals:
"Star Crossed Girl"
"Top Down"
"Trouble, Trouble"
"Already Mine"
"Sunny Day/Flower Grave"
"Come Runnin' "
"Sit Back/Relax"
"On the Road"
"The Lonely One"
"Alright Already"
"One More Cigarette"
"This Side of 25"
"Remote Control My Life"
"Love Letter"
"Money, Money"

Some Covers:
"You Belong To Me" Elvis Costello
"Junior's Farm" Paul McCartney
"Whole Wide World" Wrecless Eric
"Deliver Me" Tom Petty