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Billie Gale

Oakland, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Oakland, CA
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Rock Dream Pop




"Billie Gale plays Temescal Block Party July 20"

Dream pop duo Billie Gale is up to their usual dreamy tricks. Their forthcoming single, “The Rules” is a synth-lined heaven with vocals that border on Gaelic and guitar solos with just enough grunge to ground songs and break emotional waves. In their words, "Billie Gale—the woman—was a classic feminist, a combination of soft and strong, and the band that bears her name shares this intense duality. The band’s enveloping shoegaze textures blanket singer, and primary songwriter, Beth’s boldly vulnerable lyrical outcries.” It’s a true treat they’re playing the Temescal Block Party this summer and we hope you’ll join us. Stay tuned for their upcoming single. - The Bay Bridged

"Billie Gale's Inner Circle"

Billie Gale’s “Inner Circle” is relaxing dream pop with warm jam guitars and echoing, atmospheric synth. Front woman Beth Garber has hidden twang behind those haunting vocals. Recorded at Tiny Telephone, Inner Circle is a taste of what’s coming up. Stay tuned for more from the group and give them a listen here. - The Deli

"Billie Gale Folds"

Very fine and with attention to detail, so you can describe the music of BILLIE GALE . The new single 'Folds' sounds like a late summer evening with nocturnal heat thunderstorms on the coast of California, where the band comes from. Incidentally, you can find the song on the debut EP 'Imprint', which has been available since the beginning of the year. - We Love That Sound


Oakland based Beth Garber, part of the band Billie Gale, spins a web between dream-pop and folk rock in the band’s new single “The Rules.” At a time where genres are seemingly becoming more and more of a blurred line, band like Billie Gale are allowed to find home base in a myriad of sounds and instrumentations, creating a more personal and telling song.

The Rules - Billie Gale
The Rules – Billie Gale

you put me in my place
when you dug a hole
covered up my face
regained your control
maybe you were scared
maybe you were sad
I know how you can fare
when you fear for what you have
or maybe you know better
you’re older after all
Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “The Rules,” Billie Gale’s latest single all about acknowledging one’s self-worth (independently out July 19, 2019).

“’The Rules’ stems from a moment of being underrated and taken advantage of. I can tend to feel out of place and misunderstood a lot of the time. I’m a woman in a very masculine, competitive industry, but I’m also just an extremely earnest individual with a love of sincerity,” Garber tells Atwood Magazine. “Along with femininity, these traits can get mistaken for weakness, and people tend to discredit your ability, while simultaneously taking credit for your work and talent. The song is a lyrical conversation that allows me to make sense of my anger and resentment, which well up out of a need for appreciation. A lot of the lyrics are tongue in cheek, but with the intention to forgive while seeking to let go of the need to prove myself.”

Billie Gale
Billie Gale’s Beth Garber

but give me back my coat
give me back my colors
and I won’t say a word
I won’t tell the others
cause we were only kids
and you a callow adder
the things you said and did
are buried with the maddock
or maybe you know better
you’re older after all
and you made the rules
each win breaks your skin
like ceremonious proof
and fury needs its food
but I’ve tamed my teeth
so you can eat my trophies too
The undertones of the lyrics are not too hard to spot: The recurring theme of “give me back my coat / give me back my colors” can be taken metaphorically as reclaiming what was already yours to begin with, both in a physical and mental sense.

“I immediately thought of Joseph and his coat of many colors when I was writing, so that’s where a lot of the imagery comes from,” Garber explains. “Joseph represents an ideal figure, the long-suffering mystic, endlessly forgiving because he is unwaveringly aware of a deeper source of identity that holds up throughout a string of oppressive circumstances. But what I appreciate most is how oblivious he is to what other people think. So when I say “give me back my coat, give me back my colors,” I’m not really asking for retribution, or for the person asserting dominance over me to give me respect, or credit, or power; it’s more a resistance to my own need for their approval.”

“The Rules” kicks off with a melodic drum progression, guiding the way for the keys to drift in and out as Garber’s vocals, which call to mind those of Feist, delicately start to put the whole picture together. This sort of entertains as Act 1 of the song. The guitar is introduced as the bridge begins to pick up the pace a little, leading into infectiously toe-tapping material that finally leans into the grand finale of the track. Fluttering riffs fall gently in the background as dark strings are brought in, countering Garber’s voice gorgeously, while also working as a sense of authority.

Billie Gale’s Beth Garber is no longer merely asking for what is hers; she’s demanding it.
Billie Gale
Billie Gale is: Beth Garber, Eric Shawn, and Adam Wayne

In the midst of releasing new tracks, Billie Gale is also on the road in the West Coast for those wishing to catch Garber’s lovely vocals live. They will be playing in Oakland on 7/20 for a single release party, followed by Seattle and Portland on the 25th and 26th respectively.

Stream Billie Gale’s “The Rules” exclusively on Atwood Magazine! - Atwood Magazine


Imprint EP (1/17/18)



Atmospheric dream-pop quartet Billie Gale is a musical monument to songwriter Beth Garber's late mother. Billie Gale—the woman—was a classic feminist, a combination of soft and strong, and the band that bears her name shares this intense duality. The band’s enveloping shoegaze textures blanket singer, and primary songwriter, Beth’s boldly vulnerable lyrical outcries.

“Billie Gale is an entity with her own personality, and we all add to that as a band,” Beth shares.

Billie Gale explores beauty borne out of devastating loss. Beth’s songs are literate, introspective, viscerally expressive, and impressionistic, often evoking the rainy-day environs of her native Pacific Northwest. Beth favors clever use of language, intriguing rhyme schemes, and honesty in her writing. She’s influenced by a broad array of artists and writers, including Joni Mitchell, Flannery O’Connor, David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), Aesop Rock, and Death Cab for Cutie, among others.

Billie Gale songs are soaked in warm reverb, textured with layers of jeweled counter melodies, and they’re arranged with peaks and valleys dynamics to release pent-up emotions. The band features the sparkling guitarwork and dimensional textures of Adam Wayne; the durable and counter melodic basslines of Eric Shawn; and the expressively intuitive percussion and drums of Justin Wayne. Billie Gale is currently based in Oakland, California, and has performed at venues across the Bay Area and Portland, including the Doug Fir & Rickshaw Stop.

The band’s debut album, Imprint, documents the mourning and healing processes Beth underwent after her mother’s sudden death in 2013—even the title is packed with elegiac overtones. Here, Beth is referencing the phenomenon in nature when baby birds imprint the site of their mother, and that visual penetration begins the nature of their connection. “Even though my mother has passed away, her characteristics are imprinted on me, and come up even though she’s not there. It goes back to that cliché that we all become like our parents. But, for me, this is a great gift because I can connect with her even after she’s passed on,” Beth shares.


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