Right in the mix of a select few of emerging Manchester bands to shine on MIMR this year are Indie foursome Beach Royals and we caught up with Lead Man Dan and bassist Fred from the band to discuss everything from the joys of technology to their debut EP released earlier this year.
MIMR: So what’s the latest with the band?
Fred: We’ve spent the last year or so getting our music down, recording our debut EP ‘Trap Door Music’ and testing out what we want to do with the band.
Dan and Ross (our vocalists and guitarists) are pretty prolific writers, so it’s been exciting forming new songs even without picking up stuff from each of their extensive back catalogues.
Most recently we’ve been playing our music live in Manchester! We had a lively gig at the old northern quarter institution Night & Day which was pretty surreal to fill a venue where we’ve seen some of our favourite bands. We played at a Pentatonic Presents band night in Jimmy’s NQ where they have a great intimate underground gig space.
It was also fun to play with some established bands from further afield who were dipping into the Manchester scene.
Looking to the near future, we’re gigging around the North with some upcoming shows in Manchester and nearby cities, and will hopefully get a couple more of our favourite tracks down in the studio by years end and sure-up the catalogue for the Beach Royals album release next year. Exciting stuff all round!
MIMR: MIMR really enjoyed your debut EP release, how did the process of producing the record go?
Dan: It was a massive eye-opener, in more ways than one. We’re obviously all noobs when it comes to the process of recording, and the fact we’d become accustomed to rehearsing in the worst practice room imaginable – where you can’t hear each other properly half of the time – meant that there were a few pleasant discoveries along the way.
As we went in there building the songs up there were plenty of times where we’d turn to each other saying “wait, has that always been how it’s played?” with regards to some of the guitar parts, basslines and even lyrics. The chorus guitar interplay in ‘Getting There’ and the vocal harmonies on ‘Beach Fatigue’ are two examples; there’s really nowhere to hide anymore and when the whole thing is stripped bare, part by part, that’s when you realise what the song and – your band as a whole – is really made of.
We recorded the EP over the course of two weekends; four songs in four days. Given the time constraints and our naivety to the whole recording process I think the songs came out really well, and I’m proud of how the tracks show a lot of variation and different sides to the band in such a short running time. Hopefully the next lot will be more of the same!
MIMR: What’s the best thing about playing live?
Fred: It’s gotta be the adrenaline; the build-up, the energy, the copious amounts of sweat. It’s always a powerful experience coming together with the audience, warming into the show through the early songs and then finishing off with a few of the fan favourites.
It’s great to see people’s reaction when we play new material live for the first time as well. There have been surprises with what the audience go for and we’ve found the feedback helps us shape what we do in the future.
Gigs are what you start a band for, so it’s always good to get out there and play our music for people.
MIMR: We live in a world full of technology, being in a band nowadays you have to submerse yourself in social media to get yourself out there. Which bit of technology would you miss if it suddenly got taken away from you?
Dan: From a band perspective I think Bandcamp is such a blessing; a lot of these online services sometimes come across as a more of a money-making racket than platforms actually intended to help artists get that vital first leg up and get themselves heard, but with Bandcamp – maybe it’s just the amount of free reign it gives you, I’m not sure – I don’t get that. I think it was genuinely founded with good intentions, and for bands like us who weren’t able to get on iTunes right away it’s invaluable.
Now, on a more personal note, I’m hopelessly addicted to social media on a pathological level and without Facebook providing me with increasingly warped, niche memes on a daily basis, I’m not sure I’d know who I was or my reason for being anymore.
MIMR: It’s been great talking to you, all the best for the rest of 2017, how can we check up for updates on the band?
Fred: All the usuals; check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/beachroyals/ for all information, and we will add new music to Bandcamp and Soundcloud as soon as it materialises.
Ross is also a fiend for Twitter so if you fancy catching up with us on there, give twitter.com/beachroyalsUK a follow!