Epic, sprawling psych-rock quintet from Melbourne.
Since forming in 2007, Beaches have built an avid following for the trancelike sonic overdrive of their live shows, and critical acclaim for their recordings.
2008 debut album Beaches was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize, and has been included in the book 100 Best Australian Albums by John O’Donnell, Toby Creswell and Craig Mathieson. The album reflects a shared musical love for 60s pop to 70s psychedelia, shoe-gaze to prog, southern boogie to krautrock. Yet Beaches transcend their influences to create something wholly new.
After returning from their second jaunt to the USA in 2011 (surrounding a performance at the 4th annual Austin Psych Fest, where they shared the stage with the likes of Roky Erickson, Spectrum, Crystal Stilts & the Fresh and Onlys), Beaches again joined forces with Jack Farley of Transient Studios to work on their second album She Beats, which emerged on Chapter Music in May 2103, and was again shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize.
Beaches have performed at All Tomorrows Parties (by invitation of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds), SXSW (Austin, TX), Psych Fest (Austin TX), Big Day Out, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Dig it Up, Laneway, Cherry Rock and Meredith Music Festivals, and have supported the likes of the Cult, Wooden Shjips, Best Coast, Deerhunter, Thee Oh Sees, Lightning Bolt, Mogwai, Sun Araw and Rose Tattoo.