London based trio BEASTS have been honing their craft for the last couple of years in rehearsal spaces, building on a foundation made from admiration for the likes of The Pixies, Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine and Queens of the Stone Age. The influences and inspriation taken from the aforementioned acts sowed the seeds for what has become their debut, self-titled EP.
Produced by the band themselves, alongside acclaimed producer Bill Gautier (The Cure), the four track affair clocks in under the 20 minute mark and serves as a fitting introduction. Be it the roomy groove-laden ‘Everybody Knows’, the infectious refrain of ‘Shades Of Blue’, the broody ‘Sub Rosa’ or the soaring closer ‘Drowning’, there’s no shortage of promise on display.
What’s even more exciting is that the band, with a combined age of just over 60, are far more concerned with the art of classic songwriting and musicianship than any throwaway trend or movement. As frontman, Joe Mallory-Skinner states, “we don't like focusing on gimmicks or following
trends. We’ve made an EP that reflects what we want to be hearing... A nod to a time when rock was truly alive!”
Joe Mallory-Skinner (Vocals & Guitars) / Ben Soan (Bass) / Tom Wood (Drums)
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