Michael Beach - EP 2022 12" EP RED VINYL + Limited TOUR T-SHIRT BUNDLE! PREORDER
PREORDER- WILL SHIP ON OR BEFORE RELEASE DATE OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
Latest from Melbourne sensation MICHAEL BEACH.
Co-Release with Poison City, Australia.
Goner Red Vinyl Exclusive!
With EXCLUSIVE TOUR T-Shirt! Great design, limited US color scheme!
Following the highly acclaimed album “Dream Violence” (2021) and the recent LP re-issue of his modern underground classic ‘Gravity/ Repulsion’, Michael Beach has announced a new self-titled 12”/ EP, to be released Sep 30 via Goner & Poison City Records.
Recorded during the winter of 2021, the new record is made up of both 8-track tape and full studio recordings, interspersed with experimental, moody interludes, and features Beach's Australian bandmates Bonnie Mercer (guitar), Peter Warden (drums) and Carla Oliver (bass) throughout. The EP’s stunning closer “Only A Memory” is a collaboration with Lloyd Swanton of renowned Australian minimalist trio The Necks, recorded in NSW's Blue Mountains.
“Out in a Burning Alley,” the EP’s lead single, combines Beach’s soulful abstracted lyrics over two minutes and fifty eight seconds of blazing garage-rock, where the sounds of the Melbourne and Oakland/Bay Area underground collide. The track is accompanied by a video from Melbourne director Alex Millen who has recently worked with Melbourne’s EXEX and Modal Melodies.
In support of the upcoming EP and recent “Dream Violence” album, Beach will be returning to tour the US in September/ October, headlining dates on the East & West coast and performing at the iconic Gonerfest in Memphis, TN. The touring outfit will also feature Beach’s long time collaborator Utrillo Kushner (Comets On Fire/ Personal and The Pizzas) on drums.
“The blues-infused arrangements show Beach's sharp skills as a writer and musician. He cites inspiration from classics across the history of rock and roll, distilling their spirit into guitar-led gems entirely his own.” - RRR Album Of The Week (Dream Violence)
“Existential dread exorcised through heady guitar rockers and intimate ballads.” 4/5 NME
“Flare and discord marry and scuttle about in the midst of it all, creating this maniacal rocker burdened by its desire for pop sensibility. You can’t go wrong turning this one up real loud!” - Austin Town Hall
Known for his work touring with the Australian guitar pop band Thigh Master and the late, brilliantly eccentric Israeli guitarist Charlie Megira, Michael Beach is the architect of a sound that is both well-built and ramshackle, straightforward and indeterminably complex, out of the norm yet familiar in all the best ways.
Across his growing catalog, Beach’s music unfolds like a revelation, filled with sonic tumbleweeds that reference Neil Young’s On the Beach, Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, the Velvet Underground’s Loaded, and the Go Betweens’ Before Hollywood. Influences ranging from the enigmatic outlier Megira to Glenn Branca to the Oblivians are combined to create a new, exhilarating sound, part of the path that Beach has been on since 2008’s Blood Courses. A veteran of year-end indie rock round ups beginning with Golden Theft in 2013 and continuing with Gravity/Repulsion, released in 2017, Beach distilled the best of those early albums and has added sharpened intent on his acclaimed 2021 long player ‘Dream Violence’ and soon to be released 2022 EP.
Through music, Beach strives to convey both passion and compassion, energy and action. “My hope is that something gets communicated that makes people think outside of themselves or their surroundings,” he says. “To ask questions, and consider the effects of their decisions. To communicate some essential part of the human spirit that understands intuitively how to feel connected to each other rather than divide, exploit, separate, ignore, and all the other heinous shit we have the ability to do with each other.