Beach Day rocks the surf sound with the best of them, if I was gathering the top bands out there today to showcase the voices of a new generation, Beach Day would be one of the headliners. This isn’t the 1st time 50thirdand3rd has done a piece on Beach Day, if you want to read an excellent review of their latest album that was written by ALTROCKCHICK , take a few minutes for Music Review: Native Echoes by Beach Day.
I can not begin to describe how talented Beach Day is, your going to have to listen for yourselves, imagine if Chrissie Hynde had grown up by the beach and your starting to get the picture. Kimmy has a way of drawing you in with that voice that fills the room bringing the sun and the waves into focus and Skyler plays a wicked set of drums, that keeps the whole thing running towards that next breaking wave. Meet the Band…..
Hi our name is….
People say we sound like…..
Ramones, Ronettes, Black Lips with a girl singer, Shangri-La’s, The Cramps, Karen O.
Kimmy and Skyler
We are originally from…..
Florida which is basically outer space
How has growing up in Florida impacted your music sensibilities
Not very much. I think it made me an outcast. I don’t belong here. I never liked what other people around me liked. It took me so long to find a band mate that gets my writing sensibilities and that can compliment it and drive me further.
Who are some that have an influence on your sound?
Spaghetti westerns, underwater sounds, you know like when you swim underwater at the beach but you can still hear the waves crashing, um Phil Spector reverbs, walls of sounds etc. blah, blah, blah. It seems like everyone says Phil Spector these days. Or everyone says girl groups. And I’m like wait, they sound like The Cranberries. It can’t be anywhere near girl groups JUST cause there is a girl in the band. That doth not make the “girl group” genre. I mean if that were the case, you could call Britney Spears girl group. But that would be dumb.
The first time we decided to get together and make some music…
We were high on caffeine and cold weather. There was a need for warmth and escape from reality. And we were dying for a release and just having FUN with music. Cause at that time we weren’t at all. It was like a funeral where we were.
Books we recommend …
I highly recommend Haruki Murakami’s book “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years of Pilgrimage”. It’s one of my favorites.
And we highly suggest reading any and all fantasy literature that involves fairies, hobbits, dwarves, elves, magic schools, etc. You know what I mean.
“Be Here Now” by Ram Dass is so full of wisdom. I recommend that book to every human being.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the album ready?
Well that is a really looooooong process. I guess first I will write a guitar riff that I fall in love with or I will sing a vocal melody out of the blue that I love. After that Skyler and I will get together and play these melodies and riffs until we feel like something special has happened.
Our craziest gig ever was….
That’s a tough question! Our last gig in LA at The Echo was pretty crazy. Crazy fun!! I got to see some of my favorite people in the world and play a wild show. The crowd was wild. I really felt like I let loose an animal on stage that night. A guitar playing wild animal. It was one of my most memorable favorite shows ever.
Then another crazy time was we had this show in Hartford, CT and the promoter wanted us to play for 3 hours. Like a freaking cover band. We were like, uh, no.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
I would go to Andy Warhol’s Factory, it would be 1965 and I would be at one of those amazing parties and watch The Velvet Underground play. I’d probably be doing some crazy drugs like LSD and hanging out with Edie Sedgwick and Nico.
I’d also like to go back to 1977 and see The Ramones. I’d be Riff Randall.
Growing up, at home we listened to…..
My Mom listened to a ton of soul 45’s that I inherited. And my Dad’s favorite band was Boston. He also really loves Kansas. Ha! But the first music I ever remember hearing in my life was the theme to The Godfather. That really creepy eerie song. I had a music box that played it. I kind of feel like that’s the soundtrack to my life. Just kidding. Then when I was 8 I was at a friends place and her Dad had a whole chest full of 45’s and he played “God Only Knows” for us. It was a super special musical moment for me.
What tunes are on heavy rotation for you…
Right now I’m really into Temples. I just really dig their vibe. And then I’ve been really getting back into The Buzzcocks lately. I really am so influenced from their backup vocals/harmonies. I LOVE those. I’m always and forever listening to The Rolling Stones. I am just like Keith forever. I really want to meet him one day. Also, The Cure forever. I LOVE that band. I saw The Kills in NY recently and that just got me back into them sooooo much. I just got this really rare 1969 soundtrack to this movie The Guru. I listen to that every morning. It’s like the happiest garage-y sitar music. It puts me in a really good mood to start the day.
But I especially right now am into mixes. Like CD mixes that people have made for me especially. They are just the best. I have one mix right now that a boy made for me when I worked at Borders Books with him. I just found it the other day and put it on and I became obsessed with it. It’s like perfect. I want to inspire people to make mixes for people. I never hear about it anymore. Making a Spotify list for someone, that’s not as romantic, you know?? A personalized cd, that’s a great Valentine’s Day gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Someone like The Black Keys or The Kills. That would be perfect. A tour with The Sonics would be so cool. Or a tour with someone like The Muffs would be the most fun ever. We played with them in Atlanta a month or so ago and it was so much fun. They are the coolest people. And I love Kim Shattuck. She is literally one of the coolest ladies I’ve ever met.
If you could give any advise to the kids who are just picking up their 1st guitars or drum sets and want to be in a rock n roll band , what’s your advise?
This is a crazy life and if rock and roll is the life you want then go for it and don’t ever give up. When your dreams die, so do you.
But, if you CAN live without it, then maybe it’s best for you to be an accountant or something. Because that is a way easier life to lead.
When you are touring and have some time off , where could we find you..
Like a freaking hermit sitting on my couch. If I could climb into Hulu I would. They would never find me. Til it’s time to tour/write/play/record again. Then I’m back!
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us….
A girl created this, with a little help from her friends.
I mean, among other things…haha
Our plans for 2015…..
Touring in March and May and throughout the rest of 2015. Writing and recording a new record. Probably won’t release one until next year. Lots of videos being filmed! So lots of videos will be coming out throughout 2015. I’m working on a short little film about making our last record Native Echoes. That will be out soon-ish. I guess thats all….I think!
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