Brighton quartet Beachtape release sunny, scratchy surf-rock tune ‘Somewhere Better’
Announce new EP ‘Bigger Picture’,out via what marbles? on 10th April
“searing solos and bubbling refrains guiding pent-up confusion and disillusion to something altogether more freewheeling” – The Line Of Best Fit
Channelling the shifting perspectives we encounter over periods of change, ‘Somewhere Better’ is the latest scratchy, sunny indie-rock gem from Brighton quartet Beachtape. It’s being used to announce a new EP, ‘Bigger Picture’, out via CRC Records on April 10th.
The four-piece occupy a similar space to Happyness or Willie J Healey in recourse to the stilted, slacker-Americana of Pavement, Wilco and Dinosaur Jr, with a distinct beach-pop sheen adopted from their Brighton base. Their songs cover the fuzz of early-20s anxiety, a transitional phase of life with peaks and troughs dictated by paradoxical moments of drive and listlessness.
The gradual drift into changing circumstances, and the way this offers pause for thought, is the theme in the cross-hairs specifically on ‘Somewhere Better’:
“It’s about change. The inevitable changes in our future, and reflecting on changes from our past. The idea of something feeling so significant in the moment, but becoming so insignificant over time and vice versa. Our lives in and outside of the band have changed a lot over the last year and we’re all in completely different places to what we may have imagined a year ago.”
Whilst the band’s usual laidback style remains, there’s an added sense of subtle urgency, born out of its last-minute addition to the EP:
“We wrote this song the day before we got in the studio and had to get a last minute practice the night before to figure out the parts. It was fresh and unprepared, and was the moment we found the final puzzle piece to this EP.”
With champions at the likes of The Independent, DIY, Clash and The Line of Best Fit – at press, as well as live shows with YOWL, Egyptian Blue and Roxy Girls they’re making a name for themselves as a vital act in the indie scene. Alongside this, they’ve linked up with Cannibal Hymns artist Theo Verney on production duties, offering exciting pedigree for the release all in.
Beachtape are Rory Sear (Vocals, guitar), Robbie Carman (Guitar), Andy Kemp (Bass) and Leo Kenyon (Drums).
‘Somewhere Better’ was produced by Theo Verney and is out March 6th via what marbles? under exclusive license to CRC Records ahead of the ‘Bigger Picture’ EP on April 10th.
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