UK’s Beach Baby have had a pretty ideal turn of events regarding their latest single, Beach Baby. Accruing a few cool 22,000 views on YouTube (and growing!), and props from one Zane Lowe on Beats 1, the band have hit the music industry’s sweet spot with their badass surf rock – and for very good reason.
Limousine rules, straight up. It has swagger, an air of nonchalance, a bassline that makes you weak at the knees and it’s that kind of lo-fi pop that is actually quite hard to pull off, even though they make it sound so easy. The four piece are tipped to have an absolutely stellar 2016, and if this is anything to go by, we’d say that’s not too far off the mark.
Before they well and truly explode, we asked the guys what’s special to them; what they hold dear; what three albums changed their lives. Answered by Lawrence for the first one and Ollie for the final two, it’s clear the boys are influenced by rock’n’roll royalty and it isn’t surprising when you hear their nostalgia-tinged tunes. See for yourself below, and jump on the Beach Baby hype train while there are still seats remaining!
The Beatles, Revolver
This record came to me around the time that I began to pursue songwriting seriously and consequently had a big impact on what I thought you could write a song about and how you construct verse. As a guitar player, I have been listening and playing catch up ever since; he’s just so agile and dexterous, it can become frustrating. Nick’s lyrics also caught my ear instantly. I’ve always felt an incredibly strong presence of “magic” in his writing, and for me that is what great folk music should do for the listener. I remember watching an interview with Johnny Marr talking about his own tastes in folk music; he said that he was attracted to the witch-like psilocybin and psychoactive properties of great folk writing. Pink Moon for me encapsulates this perfectly; it’s so cerebral and stooped in mystery. The album expresses something intangible and ineffable through metaphor. It’s like he has the answers to some of life’s biggest questions but only choses to imply meaning poetically through the songs. The final track, From The Morning, has always seemed to me like the contemplation of some sort of universal truth: A day once dawned and it was beautiful/A day once dawned from the ground/Then the night she fell and the air was beautiful/the night she fell all around/So look see the days the endless coloured ways/and go play the game that you learnt from the morning.