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Video Of The Week #46: Beaches – Arrow

Melbourne’s Beaches have revealed ‘Arrow’, the third single from their upcoming double album Second Of Spring released on the 8th of September. ‘Arrow’ is a scorching garage-rock song a blizzard of chiming psych riffs and propelling baselines, intertwined by bittersweet harmonies with outsider lyrics that are just tantalisingly out of reach. But far from being too ephemeral, Beaches sound is sleek, powerful and impenetrable, this peerless tune is soaked in attitude it gives you I’d imagine a similar sensation of abandon, escape and self-determination as hurtling out to the edge of the city in a convertible with the roof down. These girls knock compatriots King Gizzard out of the ball park with their marriage of classic influences, girl gang spirit, and infectious sound. And it’s utterly thrilling.

The third eye visuals of the accompanying video also hark back to the era of the Nuggets compilation “Arrow“, filmed by Beaches’ own Antonia Sellbach. It features footage from abstract animated videos Antonia made as a project in art school, paired with brief glimpses of the band. “We appear on the margins as shadows and silhouettes, always secondary to the onslaught of shape, colour, and forms in flux,” says Antonia.
A super-group of sorts, Beaches comprise several musicians who had been playing in different bands for years, as well as those who had never been in bands before. They have three guitarists creating a powerful wall of sound, with Ali McCann and Alison Bolger (Panel Of Judges, Sleepy Township, etc.) on rhythm guitar, and Love of Diagrams’ Antonia Sellbach on lead guitar. The rhythm section is made up of Gill Tucker on bass (who plays with Scott and Charlene’s Wedding) and Karla Way on drums.
  1. The aussies seem to do lazy sun-drenched fuzzy indie rock really well… not sure how good this is compared to the competition, but I could listen to stuff like this for ages, pretty damn good. Nothing to make me excited, more likely to go check out an old Courtney Barnett record than buy one of theirs, but it is damn good. The Scott and Charlene’s Wedding link is not a surprise.

    1. It’s not bad, but it’s just as derivative & generic than a lot of the things you slag off for being derivative & generic. And not sure why Bill’s comparing them to King Gizzard, they’re not in the same league.

      1. Well I never claimed it was original just that I enjoyed it, really enjoyed it. At least old WE liked it, that’s a rarity 😉

        1. The “you” in my post refers to WE Bill, not you 🙂 But yes, glad he/she has found something to enjoy on this site.

  2. He – women (and I risk being accused of stereotyping here) tend not to be as pointlessly argumentative about music as I am.

    Tim… my view is that music should try to be political and forward looking, progressive both musically and intellectually. That said there are certain things I love… show me a band who basically rip of Mudhoney or the Stooges and they’re gonne be pretty damn good. Also I am prepared to forgive a lack of originality if the songs are incredible.

    This lazy sun-drenched sound is one I like… but as I say, the sort of music I could listen to almost endlessly, but that doesn’t mean it’s blown me away and made me passionate about it.

    1. Fair enough, was just curious as to why something that is very derivative got the Wild Eye thumbs up. I quite like it too.

      1. I perhaps should also add that whilst reason is vital, art is vital, and music is the ultimate art form, it’s only music. Being somewhat contradictory is inevitable in life (for example, I try to be tolerant, but I also try to be deeply intolerant of intolerance). Being massively contradictory in one’s opinions on music is utterly acceptable.

        And bands are often thoroughly contradictory. Spacemen 3 were arguably one of the most innovative bands of the 1980s, whilst simultaneously ripping off all sorts of sounds and songs constantly.

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