It's not very often a band with only one song make it onto the Third Outing site...but then when that song, Coco, is worth another band's complete discography...it's time to get them on board! Dear 3rd readers, we spoke to THE fresh new sound coming out of the capital this winter, Beach For Tiger.
Names are important
Our drummer was trying to explain how some Mums speak to their kids. For example 'House for dolly’. Then ‘Beach For Tiger’ was an example of something they wouldn't say, but we kept it and went from there. This is a new band, but we've been friends playing music together for 7 years, so we’re a pretty tight group. Pete and Sam write light layered guitar lines and that gives our music a lot of colour. Dave on Trumpet is like if Alan Johnson from Peep Show swooped into your party; everything just gets ten times better.
Psych? Coco isn't
I guess you're right with Coco, but as a whole our music definitely falls under the psych pop bracket. Tame Impala, Pond and Mac Demarco; that hazy 60's vibe always looks awesome. There is certainly more psychedelic material to come in the near future. We're recording the next single right now actually. It's something you could groove to; it's like if The Beegees were sad in a disco.
Story of Coco
It started life as a basic idea guitarist Sam had written on an acoustic guitar. He and singer Pete worked on it together, they sent it to Michael who got straight onto writing the lyrics. We had the tune all ready within a month of Sam bringing the idea along, it was mixed, mastered and ready to release. Rees Broomfield did some amazing work producing the song. We also have to thank John Lihou for designing the artwork.
Psych is back
It's natural that psychedelic music is coming back. When music got all electric there was a huge reaction and with so many acoustic acts struggling to swim against the tide of electronic music. Psych music lets you love the old and the new. You get to love old familiar sounds but in a new way that in some cases has never been done before. Half of us live in Essex, but there isn't much of a psych scene there. Need to get them comb-overs on this psych hype.
Actual beach experts
There’s a beach called 1970 in Queensland, Australia, and it’s fucking beautiful! Better than any desktop screensaver. I’d have Tony down the beach early reading 50 Shades of Grey, enjoying a bowl of coco pops. Tony must be pretty bored of all the free Frosties by now.
What a band, what a record. Coco is the first release from London group Beach For Tiger but it's quite hard to believe. With it's funky vibes and clean cut guitar, it's a hook and a half, and certainly no first release. But it doesn't stop there. The cool vocal line drops in with "Of course, my dear" and by then you're sold. What makes this band so fresh is the interesting use of counterpoint between guitar and vocals. They compliment each other, but also drive each other on keeping the tempo high. The result is a track which stands out in it's own right, and not under the strived for 'psych' label.
In reality this impressive first release by Beach For Tiger is so much more than 'psych'. Sure, it's there in the music. The funky bass lines and keyboard licks, for example. But very much like Scottish group The OK Social Club, there is a strong indie song writing attribute to the actual composition of the music. Take the influence of the backing vocals and trumpet, for example, that could be found in early Brit Pop. And the strong use of echo vocalisation, from American Dream Pop groups such as Beach House and The Flaming Lips. So if anything Beach For Tiger are underselling what they are, and that is a band with a very impressive first release behind them and a bright future in front.