Australian psych-rockers Beaches have released their third single off their forthcoming release Second Of Spring. “Arrow” is classic Beaches – a huge riff lifted heavenward by massed guitars, layered vocals and driving percussion. The video for the track was 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. Beaches’ Second Of Spring via Chapter Music on 8 September.
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 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. They share vocal duties on the songs but at a level complementing the noise so as to leave their identities fluid.
When they first formed and were looking for a band name, one of their friends quipped wondering if they were going to call themselves “Bitches”. Long before there were Beach Fossils, Dirty Beaches or WAAVES, they chose the homonym Beaches, which is on one hand a knowing nod to one of the greatest female bonding chick-flicks, and on the other a reference to their own love of camping and the ocean. Second of Spring was recorded in Melbourne with engineer/producer John Lee (Totally Mild, Lost Animal) and mastered by David Walker. Artwork is by the band‘s own Ali McCann, with design by renowned artist Darren Sylvester.